Modern Standard Arabic

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the standardized literary Arabic understood throughout the Arab speaking world.  It is a modernized version of Classical Arabic, which is the language from which all Arab dialects get their roots.  Classical Arabic is also the language of the Qur'an as well as the language of all Arab historic and religious texts.

MSA courses at Alefbaa.net  Center are taught according to an immersive methodology.  The primary texts used are from the renowned "Al Kitaab Fi Ta'allum Al Arabiya” by Georgetown University Press and other proven sources.  Each of our Arabic courses

Program Outline

The Modern Standard Arabic program consists of three levels which are each divided into three core courses and optional three intensive courses. 

Beginning Level - (240 hours core) 


Arabic Beginner 1

Course MSA B-I   (80 hours, 4 credits) 

Optional add on Course MSA B-I INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  


The course covers grammar, reading and writing practice as well as an insight into the culture of the region. Students will learn the basics of the language and be able to build up enough knowledge to read and write at a basic level. Given the subtle differences between eastern and western cultures, it is beneficial to the students to be aware of such differences which are embedded in the language.

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Topics & Vocabulary:

oBasic Greetings and introductions

oCountries and saying where you are from

oDescribing things

oOrdering drinks and snacks

oDescribing where things are

oDescribing characteristics and places

oAsking for directions and transportation

oTalking about yourself and your family

oCounting numbers from one to ten

oTalking about Jobs and occupations

Grammar:

oPlurals

oUsing adjectives

oFeminine and masculine usage

oPossessive attached pronouns

oNouns in definite and indefinite form

oSimple questions What's this? Whose is it? Where is ...

Cultural content:

oIntroduction to Arabic culture in relation to:

oPeople at home and in public places

oEveryday polite language, everyday religious expressions

oArabic as an international language and dialect

oFood and culture

oArabic Hospitality

Skills Work:

oThe Arabic alphabet, reading and writing

oSpecial emphasis on unfamiliar sounds, weak and strong, short and long sounds

oJoining letters to make up words and phrases

oListening comprehension

oPractical drills to learn reading and writing and the alphabet

Arabic Beginner 2

 

Course MSA B-II  (80 hours, 4 credits)

Optional add on Course MSA B-II INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  

 

Topics & Vocabulary:

oExtensive revision of previous level but in more elaboration including:

oGreetings

oMasculine and feminine words

oSingular pronouns

oThe family

oJobs

oDescribing things and adjectives

oPositions

oDescribing places

oCounting; express how much and how many

oShopping and using different Arabic currencies.

oEnglish words in Arabic

oIn the market

oWhat is it made of?

Grammar:

oAttached pronouns (possessive endings)

oAsking questions with yes or no answer

oPlural and dual

oWord order and sentence structure

oUsing adjectives

oPlural and singular rule with numbers

oSentence Negation

Cultural content:

oUse cultural expressions in a variety of contexts

oFurther etiquette in private and public places

oDeeper insight into difference between Modern Standard Arabic and regional dialects

Skills Work:

oPractical drills to master reading and writing

oListening comprehension

oWrite simple sentences using the Arabic script

oCommunicative role plays

oPractical assignments and tasks.

Arabic Beginner 3

Course MSA B-III  (80 hours, 4 credits)

Optional add on Course MSA B-III INT (40 hours, 1 credit)

Topics & Vocabulary:

oColours (masculine and feminine)

oPlurals

oDescribe what happened yesterday

oDictionary work

oPreparing and shopping for a birthday party

Grammar:

oArabic roots

oPlural pattern 1 and 2

oBroken plural

oUsing question words

oPast tense verbs

oUse 5 question words

oJoining sentences together

oMasculine and feminine numbers

oWord order in a verbal sentence structure compared to a nominal sentence.

Cultural content:

oUse cultural expressions in a variety of contexts

oFurther etiquette in private and public places

oDeeper insight into difference between Modern Standard Arabic and regional dialects

Skills Work:

oHow to use a dictionary using the root of a word

oPractical drills to master reading and writing

oListening comprehension

oWrite simple sentences using the Arabic script

oCommunicative role plays

oPractical assignments and tasks.

Arabic Elementary-(240 hours core) 

Arabic Elementary 1

Course MSA E-I   (80 hours, 4 credits) 

Optional add on Course MSA E-I INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  

Topics & Vocabulary:

oTalking about the weather

oWriting a letter or an email

oTalking about a vacation

oDays of the week

oThe cabinet

Grammar:

oPlural pattern 3 and 4

oPlural pattern 5

oSingular and plural verbs

oNumbers from 11-100

oIdafa

oSentence structure

oHemzaas a root letter

Cultural content:

oUse cultural expressions in a variety of contexts.

oFurther etiquette in private and public places

Skills Work:

oPractical drills to master reading and writing

oListening comprehension

oWrite simple sentences using the Arabic script

oCommunicative role plays

oPractical assignments and tasks

Arabic Elementary 2

Course MSA E-II   (80 hours, 4 credits) 

Optional add on Course MSA E-II INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  

Introduction to present tense verbs which are used in daily life with more words to add to your vocabulary bank. Practice of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

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Topics & Vocabulary:

oRevision.

oTelling the time.

oTalking about your everyday routine using present tense verbs.

oUsing Negative statements.

oEducation / school time table.

oUseful vocabulary used at the university.

oForms of verbs

oAt the kitchen

Grammar:

oPresent tense conjugation.

oPast negative.

oVerbs form 2, 3 and 4.

oUsing (لم ) changes the verb case ending.

Cultural content:

oUse cultural expressions in a variety of contexts.

oFurther etiquette in private and public places

Skills Work:

oPractical drills to master reading and writing.

oListening comprehension

oWrite simple sentences using the Arabic script.

oCommunicative role plays

oPractical assignments and tasks.

Arabic Elementary 3

Course MSA E-III   (80 hours, 4 credits) 

Optional add on Course MSA E-III INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  

Introducing future verbs and different forms of verbs. Enrich your vocabulary bank with new words. After finishing this level you will feel more confident in speaking and ready to debate and open interesting subjects to discuss.

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Topics & Vocabulary:

oAt the car rental office.

oComparing past and present.

oFuture plans

oMonths of the year.

oAn international tour.

oThe flying bicycle.

oReview and advice on further study.

Grammar:

oComparative and superlative.

oFuture tense conjugation.

oUsing ''but'' with attached pronouns.

oForms of verbs five and six.

oVerbs form 7, 8 and 10.

oUsing (كان ) in a sentence.

oUsing ''since'' in a sentence.

oHollow verbs, weak verbs, defective verbs

Cultural content:

oUse cultural expressions in a variety of contexts.

oFurther etiquette in private and public places

Skills Work:

oPractical drills to master reading and writing.

oListening comprehension

oWrite simple sentences using the Arabic script.

oCommunicative role plays

oPractical assignments and tasks.

Intermediate Level - (240 hours) 

Course MSA N-I   (80 hours, 4 credits)

Optional add on Course MSA N-I INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  

Arabic Intermediate 1

An engaging Arabic intermediate course. It offers lively dialogues, varied texts and exercise sand fascinating cultural insights.

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Topics & Vocabulary:

oTalking about yourself.

oAsking about others.

oDescribing characters

oTalking about childhood.

oThe Arab world ( a look at Egypt)

oDescribing your home.

oFor rent.

oThe Arab world( a look at Saudi Arabia)

oTalking about your daily routine.

oTalking about your work.

oDescribing housework.

oTalking about your C.V.

oThe Arab world( a look at Syria)

oTalking about sports.

oTalking about your free time and going out.

oThe Arab world (a look at Morocco).

Grammar:

oAdjectives

oPlural.

oPresent and past tense verbs.

oUsing ''but'' with attached pronouns.

oTalking about preferences.

oVerbal noun and participles.

Cultural content:

oDescription about different Arabic cultures places and architects in among the Arabic peninsula and North Africa.

oA biography of famous Arabic writers and singers.

Skills Work:

oPractical drills to master reading and writing.

oListening comprehension

oWrite simple sentences using the Arabic script.

oCommunicative role plays

oPractical assignments and tasks.

Arabic Intermediate 2

Course MSA N-II  (80 hours, 4 credits)

Optional add on Course MSA N-II INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  

An engaging Arabic intermediate course. It offers lively dialogues, varied texts and exercise sand fascinating cultural insights.

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Topics & Vocabulary:

oTravel and tourism in the Arab world.

oMeans of transportation.

oWriting a blog.

oWriting a letter of complaint.

oThe Arab world ( a look at Tunis).

oFood and cooking.

oReserving a table at a restaurant.

oFood shops.

oMethods of cooking and ingredients.

oThe month of Ramadan.

oDescribing clothes and colours.

oThe Arab world (a look at Iraq).

oEducation and training.

oSchool system.

oThe Arab world (a look at Algeria).

Grammar:

oDoubled verbs.

oWeak verbs: assimilated verbs, defective verbs, hollow verbs.

oImperative verbs.

Cultural content:

oMonth of Ramadan eating patterns.

oMost popular Lebanese food.

oArabic proverbs.

oDescription about different Arabic dialects.

oA biography of famous Arabic writers and singers.

Skills Work:

oPractical drills to master reading and writing.

oListening comprehension

oWrite simple sentences using the Arabic script.

oCommunicative role plays

oPractical assignments and tasks.

Arabic Intermediate 3

Course MSA N-III  (80 hours, 4 credits)

Optional add on Course MSA N-III INT (40 hours, 1 credit) 

An engaging Arabic intermediate course. It offers lively dialogues, varied texts and exercise and fascinating cultural insights. A wide variety of topics relevant to the Arab world including travel and tourism, food and cooking, news and media, and arts and cinema.

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Topics & Vocabulary:

oNews and media.

oTalking about news headlines.

oBroadcasting.

oComparing media.

ohe Arab world (a look at Yemen and the Gulf area).

oTalking about the weather and the climate.

oHoliday plans.

oThe Arab world (a look at Libya).

oHealth and happiness.

oThe Arab world (a look at Sudan).

oArts and cinema.

oFilm genres.

oCritical reviewing.

oThe Arab world (a look at Jordan and Palestine).

Grammar:

oFuture verbs.

oNegating future verbs.

oIf.....then.

oPresent and past passive.

Cultural content:

oCultural activities.

oPoets.

oDifferent languages used in Algeria.

oTraditional clothes.

oWedding party.

oArabic proverbs.

oDescription about different Arabic dialects.

Skills Work:

oPractical drills to master reading and writing.

oListening comprehension

oWrite simple sentences using the Arabic script.

oCommunicative role plays

oPractical assignments and tasks.

Advanced Level - (240 hours) 

Course MSA A-I   (80 hours, 4 credits)

Optional add on Course MSA A-I INT (40 hours, 1 credit)    

Course MSA A-II  (80 hours, 4 credits)

Optional add on Course MSA A-II INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  

Course MSA A-III  (80 hours, 4 credits)

Optional add on Course MSA A-III INT (40 hours, 1 credit)  

All textbooks and study materials are available for purchase or are provided on loan (with deposit).

Students must prove eligibility for their requested course by successfully passing the course's placement test.

Last modified: Friday, 6 February 2015, 9:20 PM