Modern Standard Arabic

At AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs, strong Arabic language instruction complements a rigorous Area Studies curriculum. AMIDEAST is committed to providing high quality Arabic language instruction that is functional, communicative, proficiency-based, and culturally rich.

Arabic is a diglossic language. That is, there are two varieties of Arabic, one for reading and writing (Modern Standard Arabic) and another for speaking (colloquial Arabic). The textbook series used in Arabic courses in all AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World, Al Kitaab fii Taallum al Arabiyya, introduces both from the beginning to help learn the language as its native speakers learn it. However, in AMIDEAST programs two separate courses address the different varieties of Arabic – Modern Standard Arabic and the local dialect.

Arabic Levels  مستويات اللغة العربية

The majority of semester Area & Arabic Language Studies and summer Intensive Arabic students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic (5 credits, 80 contact hours) at a level appropriate to their proficiency. Additionally, students participating in the Regional Studies in French Program in Morocco may enroll in Modern Standard Arabic if they so choose. Please note that as of Spring 2018, MSA is an optional component of a student’s course load, though often still required by many universities. Colloquial Arabic is required.

The following levels are offered: Beginning (Arabic 101, 102), Intermediate (Arabic 201, 202), and Advanced (Arabic 301, 302, 401).

Depending on the program, students will also take colloquial Arabic (1-3 credits). Click here to learn more about colloquial Arabic with AMIDEAST.

AMIDEAST Modern Standard Arabic Levels


MSA Level

Textbook

Chapters Covered

Arabic 101

Alif Baa (2nd Edition); Al-Kitaab, Book One (2nd Edition)

Chapters 1-5

Arabic 102

Al-Kitaab, Book One (2nd Edition)

Chapters 6-13

Arabic 201

Al-Kitaab, Book One (2nd Edition) and local supplementary materials

Chapters 14-20

Arabic 202

Al-Kitaab, Book Two (2nd Edition) and local supplementary materials

Chapters 1-5

Arabic 301

Al-Kitaab, Book Two (2nd Edition) and local supplementary materials

Chapters 6-10

Arabic 302

Al-Kitaab, Book Three (2nd Edition) and local supplementary materials

Chapters 1-5

Arabic 401

Teaching Materials will consist of faculty selected materials from around the Arab world.  Al-Kitaab, Book Three (2nd Edition) will also be used, but not as a primary textbook

N/A

Special tutorial arrangements are made for students whose proficiency is beyond the advanced level (Arabic 401); depending on student interests, various emphases can be offered in Arabic 401.

To view course descriptions for any of the Arabic courses listed above, please visit this page: AMIDEAST Course Catalog.

For more information about Arabic, please review the Arabic with AMIDEAST FAQ