ARA-131: Elementary Arabic I

Liberal Arts
Language Studies
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Elementary Arabic I
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ARA-130 with a grade of C or better, or one year of high school Arabic with a grade of C or better, AND ENG-094/ENG-095E eligible.
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Modern Standard Arabic within communicative contexts. Covers the elementary pronunciation and grammatical principles necessary for comprehending and expressing simple ideas in both spoken and written Modern Standard Arabic. Presents Arabic culture.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

ARA-131 is designed to enable students to reach the Novice Mid level on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency scale, focusing on language learning through communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.

Core Course Topics
  1. Autobiographical information
  2. Pronouns
  3. Present-tense verb
  4. Word order/syntax
  5. Interrogatives
  6. Singular and plural
  7. Negations
  8. Numbers
  9. Comparative and suplerative
  10. Fronted predicate
  11. Vocabulary
  12. Arab culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Provide autobiographical information
  2. Demonstrate correct usage of subject, object, and possessive pronouns
  3. Demonstrate correct usage of present-tense verb forms
  4. Use correct word order in statements and questions
  5. Develop and respond to interrogative questions relating to chapter themes
  6. Supply the correct form for feminine and masculine nouns in the singular and plural
  7. Modify nominal and verbal sentences with proper forms of negation
  8. Demonstrate comprehension of numbers 0-100
  9. Compare and contrast using comparative and superlative forms
  10. Recognize and produce simple nominal sentences with the fronted predicate
  11. Write about, speak about, and interpret situations similar to those presented in each chapter of the textbook
  12. Compare and contrast elements of Arabic culture that differ from the U.S. norm
General Information

Note: A grade of C- is not transferable and is not accepted by some programs at HFC.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but not be limited to:

  • Participation
  • Weekly/regular quizzes
  • Homework assignments
  • Chapter/unit tests
  • Oral/receptive-expressive exam(s)
  • Departmental writing assessment
  • Midterm/final exam

All sections of this level will use a textbook (and any accompanying materials) selected by the course coordinator and approved by the World Languages Committee.


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement
Effective Term
Fall 2024