Instructor Manal Shaheen taught first semester Arabic this fall. The course is proficiency based, covering all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). By the end of the semester, students can expect to know the Arabic alphabet, be able to read simple texts using a limited range of vocabulary and structures, deliver an address about oneself in Arabic, and engage in limited conversations with classmates, instructors, and native speakers. Students also develop an acquaintance with some aspects of Arab culture through the exploration of Arabic-language media and Arabic-related web sites.
Next semester, the DFLC hopes to offer the second semester of Arabic, as interest in this language grows. Second-semester Arabic students can expect to be able to read simple texts using a good range of vocabulary and structures, to deliver an address about oneself in Arabic, and to engage in limited conversations with classmates, instructors, and sympathetic native speakers.