ARA-232: Intermediate Arabic II

Liberal Arts
Language Studies
World Languages
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Intermediate Arabic II
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
A grade of C or better in ARA-231 or in three years of high school Arabic, or instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Follows ARA-231 and is the second of two intermediate-level Modern Standard Arabic courses focusing on communication in a cultural context. Further develops students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in Modern Standard Arabic, expands their vocabulary, and deepens their knowledge of pronunciation and grammatical principles in order to comprehend and express a wide range of ideas in both spoken and written Arabic. Presents Arabic culture.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

ARA-232 is designed to enable students to reach the Intermediate 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. Verb forms in accusative and transitive
  2. "Ma" and "min" as relative pronouns
  3. Conditional clauses
  4. Dual in verbs and object pronouns
  5. "Idafa" - possessive phrases with adjectives
  6. Simile expressions
  7. "Masdar" - infinitive verbs as subjects in nominal sentences
  8. Case endings
  9. Verbs with long vowels in root
  10. Critical listening and speaking
  11. Essay composition
  12. Arabic culture and literature
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Recognize and produce verbs in the accusative and transitive
  2. Distinguish between ma and min and correctly produce verbal and written sentences using both
  3. Interpret and demonstrate correct usages of conditional clauses
  4. Recognize and produce nouns, pronouns and verbs in dual form
  5. Recognize and produce possessive phrases with adjectives
  6. Compare and contrast using appropriate structures
  7. Recognize and produce masdar in nominal sentences
  8. Provide case endings on nouns and mood endings on verbs including the passive
  9. Demonstrate correct usage of verbs with long vowels in the root in both past and present tense
  10. Interpret authentic audio and visual materials and respond critically
  11. Write simple descriptive, narrative, and informative essays related to themes presented in each chapter/unit of the textbook using register-appropriate vocabulary
  12. Demonstrate ability to read and analyze selections from major Arabic publications and or classical and contemporary Arabic literature using standard pronunciations, intonation, grammar, structure, and vocabulary
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:

  • Participation
  • Homework assignments
  • Weekly/regular quizzes
  • Weekly/regular compositions
  • Chapter/unit tests
  • Oral presentation(s)/project(s)
  • 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