ARA-141: Elementary Arabic Conversation

This course is INACTIVE
Liberal Arts
English Literature & Composition
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Elementary Arabic Conversation
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
C grade or better in ARA-131 or in one year of high school Arabic, or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Focuses on expanding students’ ability to understand and speak in Arabic. Emphasizes everyday topics of conversation, including current events. Is transferable but not a substitute for a basic language requirement. May be taken concurrently with Arabic 132, 231 or 232.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

ARA 141 is designed to strengthen students’ ability to communicate in conversational Arabic and to broaden their familiarity with the peoples and cultures of Arabic-speaking countries.

Core Course Topics
  1. Phonetics
  2. Vocabulary and idioms
  3. Register
  4. Listening comprehension
  5. Grammatical structure
  6. Culture
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of phonetics through comprehensible pronunciation with an emphasis on accent and intonation
  2. Employ increasing vocabulary and idiom knowledge in thematic conversations (such as self, daily life, family, etc.)
  3. Distinguish between Modern Standard Arabic and informal dialects of Arabic
  4. Apply a variety of listening comprehension strategies to interpret spoken Arabic
  5. Develop and use grammatical structures (such as pronouns, subject-verb agreement, verb tense, interrogatives, etc.) that support conversational goals
  6. Develop an awareness of and analyze cultural differences as manifested through dialectal language differences
General Information

Note: A grade of C- is not transferrable 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:

  1. Participation
  2. Homework assignments
  3. Oral presentation(s)/exam(s)
  4. 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
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Proficiency Exam

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2024
Deactivation Date
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date