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Arabic 001: Elementary Arabic

This course is an introduction to basic Arabic.







Students are expected to be part of an interactive and integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, including the alphabet and basic syntax. There is a focus on standard Arabic with basic skills in spoken Egyptian and/or one other colloquial dialect.

Course Placement: Students who have successfully completed, with a C- or better, Arabic 002 or 003 in the 10th or higher grade in high school may receive unit credit for this course on a P/NP grading basis only. Although a passing grade will be charged to the student's P/NP option, no petition is required. All other students will receive a letter grade unless a P/NP petition is filed. For more information, please directly contact Manar Al-Shatarat ( or the staff adviser, Amy Lowrey (

GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 5 hours.


  • Kristen Brustad, et al., Al-Kitaab: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One [3rd Edition]  (Georgetown University Press, 2011)
  • Kristen Brustad, et al., Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds [3rd Edition]  (Georgetown University Press, 2010)
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