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Ribaat Course Descriptions
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Course Descriptions



Ribaat courses are organized into three tracks: Islamic Sciences, Arabic, and Quran.

The Islamic Sciences Program is comprised of four levels, and courses are split into core and elective courses. The core courses are required for both certification programs, while one or more electives at each level may be required for each certification. All courses may also be taken independently for students not seeking certification.

The Quran Program is comprised of four levels to date, and a new level is added each year. The Arabic Program is comprised of six levels and designed for non-native speakers of Arabic. Some levels of Arabic and Quran are required for each certification program.

Below you will find descriptions of all courses offered at Ribaat:

 

Islamic Sciences Program

Level 1 Core Courses

 

SIR 101 – Companions of the Prophet (s) | Part 1

Offered: Part 1 of this course is offered in the Fall term of each year, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites: N/A

An in-depth study of the lives of thirty companions discussed in the book Stars in the Prophet’s Orbit. Students will learn their stories, draw conclusions about Islamic precepts from their lives, understand their relationship to the Prophet (s) and derive personal lessons from their lives.

The first thirty companions of this text are covered in Part 1 of the course, and the second thirty are covered in Part 2. It is not required to complete part 1 before part 2 of this course.

 

SIR 102 – Companions of the Prophet (s) | Part 2

Offered: Part 1 of this course is offered in the Fall term of each year, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites: Part 1 of this course (SIR 101) is suggested but not required.

An in-depth study of the lives of the second thirty companions discussed in the book Stars in the Prophet’s Orbit. Students will learn their stories, draw conclusions about Islamic precepts from their lives, understand their relationship to the Prophet (s) and derive personal lessons from their lives. Students will apply same to an additional companion upon whom research will be done. 

The first thirty companions of this text are covered in Part 1 of the course, and the second thirty are covered in Part 2. It is not required to complete part 1 before part 2 of this course.

 

PUR 101 – Training the Tongue, Purifying the Heart

Offered in: Fall & Spring Terms

Prerequisites: N/A

An introduction to the concept of tazkiya, or purification of the self/heart in Islam. It is a beginning look at diseases of the heart and sins of the tongue as well as the relationship between the two. Students will learn some general cures and understand some of the skills necessary to begin the path of tazkiya.

 

FQH 101 – Introduction to the Foundations of Fiqh (Uṣūl)

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites: N/A

An introduction to the foundation of fiqh and the different schools of thought. Students will learn the difference between fiqh and its uṣūl, the legislative sources of sharīʿa and the process of ijtihād, as well as the development of the four Sunni schools of fiqh, their importance and the differences between them. This is not a fiqh course – students will not learn the rules of any specific madhhab.

 

Level 1 Electives

 

ELE 100 – Foundations, Flounderings & Faith

Offered in: Spring Term

Prerequisites: N/A

Belief and practice are the essential building blocks for Muslims and, as such, in order to build a fortress of faith, we need solid building materials. This course will cover basic ʿaqīda (tenets of belief), discuss issues of practice, and attempt to answer controversial questions. We will build a community of faithful friends, quell the floundering heart, and revive the faithful heart.

 

ELE 101 – Reflections from the Quran

Offered in: Fall & Spring Term

Prerequisites: N/A

Take a journey with the Quran, gain deeper understandings of its words and derive lessons from Allah's (swt) words. Each term, students will be guided through an in-depth study of a surah from the Holy Quran and reflect upon the lessons learned from its verses as they sit with one of our modern scholars of the Holy Quran.

This is a required course for students seeking certification.

 

ELE 102 – Raising Muslim Women’s Voices: Creative Writing

Offered in: Spring Term

Prerequisites: N/A

From orientalist exoticism to hijab-bashing tales of "liberation" to terrorist thrillers, the literary landscape is littered with other people's attempts to tell our stories (or to tell their own stories using Muslims as counterpoints). Often these charlatans drown out our own attempts at representation. But in these tumultuous times, we cannot afford to whisper any longer. It is time for us to raise our voices with stories that are authentic and entertaining, marketing that is clever and effective, and outreach that is sincere and productive. This course features weekly readings and writing exercises that each focus on an individual aspect of writing, along with semester-long work on a creative project. Lessons on submitting your work, choosing a publication route and effective marketing ideas round out the syllabus. By the end of this course, students will have sharper writing skills and a firmer idea of what to do after the writing is done.

 

ELE 103 – Public Speaking & Community Outreach

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites: N/A

This course has two main goals. It is designed to help students become comfortable giving daʿwa in any situation - from intimate gatherings to public addresses to chatting with people on the street. It also provides students with ideas and experience in hosting outreach events in their own communities. Assignments will consist of communication exercises, and the final will be to plan and hold a daʿwa event, at which the student will speak.

 

ISL 101 – Islam and Muslims 101: “What Google Won’t Tell You: An Introduction to Islam and Muslims”

Not currently offered

Prerequisites: N/A

This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of Islamic belief and practice as elucidated through the primary sources of Islam, i.e., the Quran, sunna (Prophetic tradition), and centuries of scholarly consensus. In addition to a focus on Islam’s textual tradition, the course will provide students with an overview of 1,400 years of Islamic history, culture, and civilization. Students will also learn about the demographics of the Muslim world, including Muslim communities in the West. Finally, an important component of the course will be devoted to unpacking the myths, stereotypes, and misconceptions so prevalent in conversations about Islam today.

 

ISL 102 – Islam in America

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites: N/A

This course will introduce the history and varieties of Muslims and Muslim life in America in the last 200+ years.  We will begin with a chronological examination, from the first arrival of pre-Columbus explorers and slaves through the study of contemporary communities and individuals who have contributed and composed the landscapes and development of Islam in America.  This course will review what we really know about Islam in America and who American Muslims are. We will also discuss religious conversions, women and the threat of domestic terrorism.

 

Level 2 Core Courses

 

FQH 201 and 202 – Fiqh al ʿIbādāt: al-Madhhab al-Shāfiʿī | Parts 1 & 2

Offered: This course is offered every other year. Part 1 is offered in the Fall term, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 core course

An introduction to the foundation of Islamic law as the basis for a life of devotion and servitude to God. The student will learn about the reasons Islamic schools of law evolved and the nature and rationale of the legal schools.  Students will learn the detailed rulings relating to purification (ṭahāra) and prayer (salat), fasting (awm), alms-giving (zakat) and hajj, along with an examination of some of the textual proofs for those rulings. The class will also introduce the student to reading legal manuals in Arabic.

 

AQD 201 – Introduction to Islamic ʿAqīda | Part 1

Offered: This course is offered every other year. Part 1 is offered in the Fall term, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 core course

An intensive, Level 2 Ribaat course for advanced students, this course comprises an academic study of the tenets of Islamic belief, beginning with a study of the development of ʿilm al-kalām, a deep look into the meaning of tawḥīd (the Oneness of God), and a review of the messengers of Islam.

The development of ʿaqīda in the heart and mind of the believer is the development of her way of life and the ability to communicate and spread the joy of faith to those around her.

 

AQD 202 – Introduction to Islamic ʿAqīda | Part 2

Offered: This course is offered every other year. Part 1 is offered in the Fall term, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites:

      • Successful completion of at least one Ribaat level 1 core course.
      • Part 1 of this course (AQD 201) is suggested but not required.

The course will continue in Part 2 with a detailed look at revelation, the unseen world, the Day of Judgment and qaḍāʾ and qadar, concluding with a look at variant beliefs and some theological dimensions of law.

The development of ʿaqīda in the heart and mind of the believer is the development of her way of life and the ability to communicate and spread the joy of faith to those around her.

 

SIR 201 – Lessons from the Life of the Prophet (s) | Part 1

Offered: This course is offered every other year. Part 1 is offered in the Fall term, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites: SIR 101 and SIR 102 (Companions of the Prophet (s) | Parts 1 & 2)

A survey of the life of the Prophet (s), beginning with an understanding of the political and social layout of the Arabian peninsula at the time of his birth and concluding with a deeper understanding of why he was indeed "the chosen one".  Throughout the course, students examine the major events and incidents that took place, extrapolating the wisdom and lessons one can gain from them. Weekly assignments focus on these lessons learned, enabling students to draw parallels to modern day struggles in their own lives and make lasting changes, following in the footsteps of the Prophet (s).

 

SIR 202 – Lessons from the Life of the Prophet (s) | Part 2

Offered: This course is offered every other year. Part 1 is offered in the Fall term, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites:

      • SIR 101 and SIR 102 (Companions of the Prophet (s) Parts 1 & 2).
      • Part 1 of this course (SIR 201) is suggested but not required.

This course will continue with the survey of the life of the Prophet (s) begun in Part 1. Throughout the course, students will examine the major events and incidents that took place after the hijra to Medina, extrapolating the wisdom and lessons one can gain from them. Weekly assignments focus on these lessons learned, enabling students to draw parallels to modern day struggles in their own lives and make lasting changes, following in the footsteps of the Prophet (s).

 

HAD 201 – The Forty Hadith of Imam al-Nawawī | Part 1

Offered: This course is offered every other year. Part 1 is offered in the Fall term, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites:

      • Arabic Level 1 or equivalent knowledge
      • Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 course

An in-depth study of the forty-hadith compilation of Imam al-Nawawī, this course is meant to provide students with a foundation in the hadith of the Prophet (s). The Prophet (s) was given jawāmiʿ al-kalim (جوامع الكلم), or the ability to say much in very few words. The hadiths of the Prophet (s) combine eloquence with deep, encompassing meanings in a uniquely simple way. This particular compilation was chosen because it includes ṣaḥīḥ hadiths, and it covers a variety of subjects.

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand and draw practical life lessons from the text of the first twenty hadiths in this compilation. The second twenty hadiths will be covered in Part 2.

 

HAD 202 – The Forty Hadiths of Imam al-Nawawī | Part 2

Offered: This course is offered every other year. Part 1 is offered in the Fall term, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring.

Prerequisites:

      • Arabic Level 1 or equivalent knwoeldge
      • Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 course.
      • Part 1 of this course (HAD 201) is suggested but not required.

An in-depth study of the forty-hadith compilation of Imam al-Nawawī, this course is meant to provide students with a foundation in the hadith of the Prophet (s). The Prophet (s) was given jawāmiʿ al-kalim (جوامع الكلم), or the ability to say much in very few words. The hadiths of the Prophet (s) combine eloquence with deep, encompassing meanings in a uniquely simple way. This particular compilation was chosen because it includes ṣaḥīḥ hadiths, and it covers a variety of subjects. 

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand, draw practical life lessons from, and recite the text of the second twenty hadith in this compilation. The first twenty hadith are covered in Part 1.

 

GEO 201 – Understanding the Muslim World

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 course

This course will provide an overview of the human geography of the Muslim World, with an emphasis on cultural, historical, economic, and political geography. Utilizing a world-historical approach, the course will challenge students to rethink certain assumptions about the way the world is mapped, bounded, and defined. The central thesis guiding the course is the contention that the features we take for granted on the world map (continents, countries, directions, and borders) are more a product of various ethnocentrisms rooted in the ideologies that shaped the modern world rather than a reflection of natural and inherent divisions. A variety of materials will be assigned to explore this thesis, including a chronicle of the travels of Ibn Battuta, premodern maps, and scholarly articles highlighting key events and processes in the shaping of the premodern Muslim World.

 

HIS 201 – Mujaddidīn: Crises and Cures in Muslim History

Offered in: Spring Term

Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 course.

A survey of the crises and trials that have challenged Islamic civilization over the centuries, along with an account of the Muslim “renewers” of the faith (mujaddidīn) whom Allah (swt) sent as a cure for each, and how they were able to overturn the current situation, renew the religion, and restore peace and faith to the Muslim ummah. Students will learn about the factors that contributed to each trial, how each mujaddid was able to overcome the trials of his time and gain an understanding of the characteristics that enabled each to succeed.

 

Ribaat Quran Program

 

Enrollment in the Quran Program may require an oral assessment. To arrange an appointment, email tajwid.assess@rabata.org with your name, Skype ID, and a brief summary of your background in Quran studies and knowledge of Arabic. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible, inshallah. 

 

QUR 101 – Explanation and Recitation: Juzuʾ ʿAmma

Offered in: Fall & Spring Terms

Prerequisites: ARA 100 or the ability to read Arabic Quranic script

A complete reading and understanding of the last twenty pages of the Holy Quran, Juzuʾ ʿAmma. This is a two-part course:

    1. Students will gain an understanding of the surahs within Juzuʾ ʿAmma during weekly online classes with Anse Dahlia.
    2. Each student will be paired with a recitation teacher, either online or locally, with whom she will work one-on-one. This part of the course will be complete when the student has read through Juzuʾ ʿAmma to the standardized and acceptable level that is a preparation for application of tajwīd rules in level two.

 

QUR 201 – Tajwid Part 1: Letters & Phonetics

Offered in: Fall & Spring Terms

Prerequisites:

1. QUR 101: "Explanation and Recitation: Juzuʾ ʿAmma".

2. Students enrolling in this course must be able to decode and read Arabic text comfortably (ARA 100 and ARA 1A). Understanding of Arabic is beneficial but not required.

A study of the science of tajwīd accompanied by an instructor-led recitation of Juzuʾ ʿAmma. This is a two-part course:

1. Students will gain an understanding of introductory tajwīd concepts (including points of articulation - makhārij - and letter attributes - ṣifāt) during weekly online sessions with Anse Falak.

2. Each student will be paired with a certified tajwīd teacher, either online or locally, with whom she will work one-on-one. This part of the course will be complete when the student has read through Juzuʾ ʿAmma with her assigned tajwīd instructor, having demonstrated the ability to pronounce each letter to the standardized and acceptable level.

 

QUR 202 – Tajwid Part 2: Rules & the Rhythm of Recitation

Offered in: Fall & Spring Terms

Prerequisites:

1. QUR 101: "Explanation and Recitation: Juzuʾ ʿAmma"

2. QUR 201: "Tajwid Part 1: Letters & Phonetics"

3. Students enrolling in this course must be able to decode and read Arabic text comfortably (ARA 100 and ARA 1A). Understanding of Arabic is beneficial but not required. 

4. Knowledge of the points of articulation (makhārij) and letter attributes (ṣifāt).

Building upon concepts taken in QUR 201, students will complete the study of the rules of tajwīd, accompanied by an instructor-led recitation of the second half of Juzuʾ ʿAmma. This is a two-part course:

  1. Students will gain an understanding of the rules of tajwīd (proper pronunciation of the Holy Quran) during weekly online sessions with Anse Ola.
  2. Each student will be paired with a certified tajwīd teacher, either online or locally, with whom she will work one-on-one. This part of the course will be complete when the student has read through Juzuʾ ʿAmma with her assigned tajwīd teacher, having demonstrated the ability to apply the rules of tajwīd to the standardized and acceptable level. Upon completion, advanced students may begin a recitation of Juzuʾ Tabārak.

 

QUR 301 – Khitma Project

Offered: This is a year-long course and is offered every Fall.

Prerequisites:

1. QUR 201: "Tajwid Part 1: Letters & Phonetics"

2. QUR 202: "Tajwid Part 2: Rules & the Rhythm of Recitation"

3. Students enrolling in this course must be able to decode and read Arabic text comfortably (ARA 100, ARA 1A, and ARA 1B). Understanding of Arabic is beneficial but not required. 

4. Students enrolling in this course must have a firm understanding of the rules of tajwīd.

In the Khitma Project, students will recite the Holy Quran from Surat al-Fāṭiḥa to Surat al-Nās to their assigned tajwīd instructors, as a preparation and foundation for beginning with memorization. This is a two-part course: 

  1. Students will attend a weekly online session with Anse Eamaan to follow up on their progress and learn about the wonders of the Holy Quran. Practical assignments will be given to solidify the knowledge of tajwīd rules taken in level 2,
  2. Each student will be paired with a certified tajwīd teacher, either online or locally, with whom she will work one-on-one. This part of the course will be complete when the student has read through the Holy Quran from cover to cover with her assigned tajwīd teacher, having demonstrated the ability to apply the rules of tajwīd to the standardized and acceptable level.

 

Ribaat Arabic Program

 

If you are unsure about your level, email ribaat.arabic@rabata.org to request a placement test. Once you have submitted and tests have been assessed, you will receive a recommendation for the appropriate course for your level.

Beginning in Level 1, the Ribaat Arabic Program is split into two tracks: Grammar and Conversation. Students may pursue both tracks simultaneously, or complete one component per year, as their schedule permits. Students may be placed in different levels of each track, based on the results of their placement tests. It is advisable to move up in the levels at the same pace, as the Grammar and Conversation components are designed to support each other. Students seeking certification must complete both tracks as described in the Certification Requirements.

For inquiries, contact ribaat.arabic@rabata.org

 

ARA 100 – Introduction to Arabic

Offered in: Fall & Spring Terms

Prerequisites: N/A

This course provides an introduction to Arabic reading and writing skills and a basic understanding of the language for students who have little or no previous knowledge of Arabic. The course will be divided into two parts: the first focusing on Arabic script and phonetic decoding, and the second part equipping students with the ability to identify fundamental features of Quranic Arabic script and phonology. By the end of the course, students will be able to read fluently, write what they hear proficiently and navigate their way through the Quran independently. They will feel confident in the foundations of the language and will be ready to move on to introductory study of Arabic grammar. The reading skills obtained in this course will also provide a springboard for future learning of tajwīd (the science of Quranic recitation).

Topics covered: 

      • Arabic Alphabet
      • Short & Long Vowels
      • Sukūn
      • Shadda
      • Tanwīn
      • Vocabulary
      • Permanent & Connecting Hamza
      • Sun and Moon Letters
      • Points of Articulation
      • Numbers

   

Arabic Grammar Courses

   

ARA G1A – Arabic Grammar Level 1A

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites: ARA 100 or equivalent knowledge. Students enrolling in this course should have a cursory knowledge of the names, shapes and sounds of Arabic letters, as well as the ability to read and write the Arabic script. An understanding of grammar or any vocabulary is not a prerequisite for this stage.

Course Description: The course is designed to equip students with knowledge of foundational grammar constructs to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the Arabic language. This will enable them to begin to access a variety of texts, from Quran and Hadith to modern newspaper articles and literary texts. The specially designed grammar curriculum, in coordination with the conversation course, gives students both the ability to comprehend a range of basic vocabulary and identify and utilize an increasingly broad array of grammatical structures, setting them firmly on the path for future learning and development of these skills.  

Topics covered: 

      • Gender
      • Definition
      • Demonstratives
      • Adjectives and Colours
      • Nominal Sentences
      • Pronouns and Prepositions
      • Past Tense Verbs
      • Present Tense Verbs
      • The Subject and the Object

   

ARA G1B – Arabic Grammar Level 1B 

Offered in: Spring Term

Prerequisites: Arabic Grammar Level 1A or equivalent knowledge. Students enrolling in this course should have an understanding of basic Arabic grammar and will have begun to memorize a range of vocabulary relating to daily life.

Course Description: This course is designed to build on this foundational knowledge and develop students' basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the Arabic language. This level will equip them with the ability to communicate in different tenses and with different structures which they will not only be able to use, but also recognize in a variety of texts. This level will also work on developing their speaking and listening skills to enable them to engage in conversations with a greater depth of comprehension. 

Topics covered: 

      • Nominal Sentences
      • Pronouns – Attached and Detached
      • The Idafah Construct
      • Past Tense + Negation
      • Present tense + Negation
      • Future tense
      • Plurals
      • Numbers 1-10
      • The Imperative

  

ARA G2A – Arabic Grammar Level 2A

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites:

  1. Arabic Grammar Level 1B or equivalent knowledge. Students should have a strong grasp of the foundational rules of Arabic grammar and be able to demonstrate these in writing and speaking.
  2. Arabic Conversation Level 1B or equivalent knowledge.  

Course Description: In this course, students are introduced to more complex grammatical constructs and are aided in applying these to their own writing. This level aims to equip students with the ability to convey and discuss their own ideas as well as comprehend a variety of texts, both with and without diacritical marks. 

Topics covered: 

      • Reversed Khabar
      • Verb consolidation
      • The Subjunctive
      • Negation of Verbs
      • Duals, Plurals – Formation and Use
      • Numbers and Quantifiers
      • The Masdar and Idafah
      • Application of Rules to Texts

   

ARA G2B – Arabic Grammar Level 2B

Offered in: Spring Term

Prerequisites: Arabic Grammar Level 2A or equivalent knowledge. Prerequisite skills for Arabic Level 2B include knowledge of beginner-intermediate level grammar topics and a strong grasp of the rules needed to construct and understand a variety of sentences with the aid of a dictionary.

Course Description: This course is aimed at students who have a thorough knowledge of all the topics covered in levels 1A, 1B and 2A. It is designed to give students an understanding of some of the nuances of the Arabic language, introducing them, for example, to a variety of exceptions to the rules learned in previous levels. By the end of this level students should be able to engage in detailed conversations concerning their own personal lives as well as more general topics ranging from religion to current affairs. They should be able to identify grammatical features in texts, correctly read unvowelled texts, and compose texts of their own in a variety of styles. 

Topics covered: 

      • Verbal Sentences – Past & Present Subjunctive
      • The Jussive
      • Hollow Roots
      • Kana and her sisters
      • Adding the Object Pronoun to verbs and particles
      • Inna and her sisters
      • The elative and superlative
      • Introduction to relative pronouns

  

ARA G3A – Arabic Level 3A

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites:

  1. Arabic Grammar Level 2B or equivalent knowledge. Students should be well acquainted with basic and intermediate grammatical constructs and be confident in identifying and using these.
  2. Arabic Conversation Level 2B or equivalent knowledge. 

Course Description: This level takes students well into the domain of intermediate Arabic grammar, solidifying and consolidating knowledge from previous levels and building on their reading and writing skills through application of grammar to texts and their own writing. The use of a root dictionary as a tool to aid comprehension is also stressed at this level. Students will work on their translation skills by analyzing a variety of texts, without diacritical markings.

Topics covered: 

      • The Passive
      • Hollow Roots
      • Inna, Kana, Laysa
      • Doubled Roots
      • Active Participle + the Hal Form
      • Numbers 11-99
      • Adverbs
      • Rules of Hamza

 

ARA G3B – Arabic Level 3B 

Offered in: Spring Term

Prerequisites: ARA Grammar Level 3A or equivalent knowledge. Students should be confident in expressing themselves in Arabic using a wide variety of grammatical forms and should be able to identify these rules in unmarked texts.

Course Description: This level consolidates the grammatical constructs covered so far and introduces students to the concept of Verb Forms, which constitute the backbone of the Arabic language. Students are taught to identify a number of these forms and manipulate roots to express different meanings in their own writing. This level prepares students to enter the realms of more advanced grammar and the translation of more complex text in future levels.

Topics covered: 

      • Weak End Roots – Standard Conjugation
      • Weak Roots in Different Moods
      • Forms
      • Forms I, II, III in action
      • Conditional Sentences- Past
      • Conditional Sentences – Future
      • Participles – Active
      • Participles – Passive
      • Exceptive Sentences
      • The Five Nouns

  

ARA G4A – Arabic Grammar Level 4A 

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites:

  1. Arabic Grammar Level 3B or equivalent knowledge. Students enrolling in this level will have a firm grasp of foundational and intermediate-level grammatical features of the Arabic language, and will be confident in reading and writing the script.
  2. Arabic Conversation Level 3B or equivalent knowledge. 

Course Description: Students in this course will work on refining their knowledge of key grammatical constructs, and will increase their grammatical knowledge through study of more advanced concepts and exposure to a variety of Arabic texts. This level builds upon the content covered in Levels 1, 2 and 3 and takes students into the world of more advanced Arabic grammar skills. By including a greater focus on application of skills through reading, the aim at this level is to strengthen students’ comprehension of Arabic writing, and to consolidate the grammatical skills they need to express themselves in the language.

Topics covered: 

      • Verb Forms V, VI, VII
      • Definite and indefinite relative pronouns
      • Connectives
      • Quantifiers
      • Conjugation of weak roots in the jussive mood
      • Conjugation of doubled roots

     

Arabic Conversation Courses

   

The Conversation track utilizes the al-ʿArabiyya li-l-Nāshiʾīn curriculum, building speaking and conversation skills from the beginner up to the more advanced level through interactive classes which allow students to participate in real time. The curriculum covers everyday conversation topics and integrates listening, comprehension, and writing skills, gradually increasing vocabulary as students progress through the program. Recorded lessons included in the curriculum offer an alternative to traveling to Arabic-speaking countries to put listening and conversation skills into practice. In addition to these recorded lessons and the textbook, in-class practice allows students to apply these skills with the instructor and classmates.

 

ARA C1A – Arabic Conversation Level 1A 

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites:

  1. ARA 100 or equivalent knowledge.
  2. ARA Grammar Level 1A or equivalent knowledge. The two courses may also be taken simultaneously.
  3. Students enrolling in this course should have a cursory knowledge of the names, shapes and sounds of Arabic letters, as well as the ability to read and write the Arabic script. Some understanding of grammar and vocabulary will be needed in this course.

In Level 1, students at the beginner level progress in their use of the Arabic language and are able to partake in simple conversations. Through the recorded lessons students begin to recognize new vocabulary words and understand their meanings, increasing their personal word bank.

  

ARA C1B – Arabic Conversation Level 1B 

Offered in: Spring Term

Prerequisites:

  1. ARA Conversation Level 1A or equivalent knowledge
  2. ARA Grammar Level 1B or equivalent knowledge. Students enrolling in this course should have a cursory knowledge of the names, shapes and sounds of Arabic letters, as well as the ability to read and write the Arabic script. Some understanding of grammar and vocabulary will be needed in this course.

In Level 1, students at the beginner level progress in their use of the Arabic language and are able to partake in simple conversations. Through the recorded lessons students begin to recognize new vocabulary words and understand their meanings, increasing their personal word bank.

  

ARA C2A – Arabic Conversation Level 2A 

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites:

  1. Arabic Conversation Level 1B or equivalent knowledge.
  2. Arabic Grammar Level 1B or equivalent knowledge. 

In Level 2, students advance to more complex conversational skills and gain the ability to make simple sentences based on the texts studied in class. Students will gain knowledge of Arabic phrases and new vocabulary words through the lessons and class activities.

  

ARA C2B – Arabic Conversation Level 2B 

Offered in: Spring Term

Prerequisites: ARA C2A or equivalent knowledge

In Level 2, students advance to more complex conversational skills and gain the ability to make simple sentences based on the texts studied in class. Students will gain knowledge of Arabic phrases and new vocabulary words through the lessons and class activities.

  

ARA C3A – Arabic Conversation Level 3A 

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites:

  1. Arabic Conversation Level 2B or equivalent knowledge.
  2. Arabic Grammar Level 2B or equivalent knowledge. 

In Level 3, students advance to more complex conversational skills and more advanced language skills. As in previous levels, students will gain conversation, listening, speaking, and vocabulary skills. This level also focuses on writing as students begin to apply previous knowledge to express themselves in writing on a range of topics.

  

ARA C3B – Arabic Conversation Level 3B  

Offered in: Spring Term

Prerequisites: Arabic Conversation Level 3A or equivalent knowledge

In Level 3, students advance to more complex conversational skills and more advanced language skills. As in previous levels, students will gain conversation, listening, speaking, and vocabulary skills. This level also focuses on writing as students begin to apply previous knowledge to express themselves in writing on a range of topics.

  

ARA C4A – Arabic Conversation Level 4A 

Offered in: Fall Term

Prerequisites:

  1. Arabic Conversation Level 3B or equivalent knowledge.
  2. Arabic Grammar Level 3B or equivalent knowledge. 

Students in 4A will work on refining their knowledge of key grammatical constructs, and will increase their grammatical knowledge through study of more advanced concepts and exposure to a variety of Arabic texts. This level builds upon the content covered in Levels 1, 2 and 3 and takes students into the world of more advanced Arabic grammar skills. By including a greater focus on application of skills through reading, the aim at this level is to strengthen students’ comprehension of Arabic writing, and to consolidate the grammatical skills they need to express themselves in the language.

  

ARA C4B – Arabic Conversation Level 4B 

Offered in: Spring Term

Prerequisites: Arabic Conversation Level 4A or equivalent knowledge

In Level 4, students’ conversation and listening skills develop and they are able to discuss and analyze more advanced topics. Writing is also included at a more advanced levels, as students are able to write longer paragraphs. This level also focuses on reading comprehension through reading and discussing additional texts on various topics which will be discussed.

 

Stay tuned! More courses are added every term. Please note that courses and course schedules may be changed as the program develops. 

For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org