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Ribaat Arabic Course Descriptions

 
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Ribaat Arabic Course Descriptions
by Ribaat Registration - Friday, December 2, 2016, 3:46 AM
 

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.

 

More courses added every term.

Please note that courses and course schedules may be changed as the program develops. For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org

 

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