Arabic 300

ARAB 300: Arabic Readings and Culture

Prerequisites: ARAB 210 or 3 years of high school Arabic

Credit Hours: (4)


Students will expand their knowledge and further develop skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture with an emphasis on reading.  This course has been approved for Core Curriculum Credit in College Core B in Foreign Languages.


Detailed Description of Course

Texts chosen will include short pieces of literature, descriptions of Arabic traditions and customs, and some readings about contemporary events.  The following communicative tasks are also covered:  relating activities and impressions, asking about and telling time, making comparisons, and expressing opinions.  Other cultural topics include Arabic film, history, art, music and word-processing in Arabic.   


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Class instruction focuses on communication practice utilizing the situations, conversation tasks, vocabulary, culture, and grammar introduced in the materials chosen. Other activities include: the simulation of culturally relevant activities, grammar and vocabulary explanations, pronunciation practice, listening comprehension exercises, and discussion of readings. Class is conducted almost exclusively in the target language.


Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will be able to analyze similarities and differences between their own and the target culture and to explain contemporary international issues from the perspectives of their own and the target culture.  Students will demonstrate language skills appropriate to the level of study.

Speaking and listening goals (standardized ACTFL proficiency criteria):

In speaking, students will be able to handle successfully a limited number of interactive, task-oriented and social situations. They can ask and answer questions, initiate and respond to a variety of statements, maintain face-to-face conversation, and communicate in a wider variety of situations such as are covered in the textual materials read and practiced. Students will develop listening skills that will enable them to understand learned utterances, some longer sentence-length utterances, and will begin to understand main ideas and some facts from interactive exchanges and connected aural texts. 

Reading and writing goals (standardized ACTFL proficiency criteria):

Students will develop reading skills that will enable them to read consistently with increased understanding simple connected texts dealing with a variety of basic and social needs.  As regards writing, students will be able to meet a number of practical writing needs by communicating simple facts and ideas in a loose collection of sentences. There is growing evidence of control of the syntax of noncomplex sentences and basic inflectional morphology, such as declensions and conjugation.


Assessment Measures

Speaking progress will be evaluated in oral presentations. Written homework assignments and test exercises provide a basis for the evaluation of writing progress. Listening and reading comprehension, grammatical accuracy, and familiarity with the new culture are tested in quizzes, chapter tests, and on the final exam.


Other Course Information

Arabic 300 targets language learners with the equivalent of three semesters of college

Arabic and completes the B.A. degree requirement for students who began their college level study of Arabic with the third semester / Arabic 210.


Review and Approval

June 28, 2012