Fall Semester , 2012
Arabic I, Wednesday, 6 – 9 pm
Arabic II, Monday, 6- 9 pm
Arabic III, TBD
Classes begin Sept. 5th.
Arabic I (LAN 161) 3 Credits
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge, or very limited knowledge of the Arabic language. Arabic 161 focuses on learning the script, sound and writing systems in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It focuses on the four communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing and also presents culture in the Arabic speaking world through various activities.
Arabic II (LAN 162) 3 Credits
Arabic 162 is a continuation of Arabic 161. The main focus will be building vocabulary and mastering basic grammatical structures. Training in reading and writing Arabic sentences and in enhancing spoken skills necessary for a variety of daily activities will also be stressed. Emphasis will be placed on assimilating the language for more complex communicative purposes related to describing self, family members, career plans, and abstract concepts such as personal feelings and decisions.
Prerequisite: Arabic I (LAN 161) or placement
Arabic III (Lan 263) 3 credits
Arabic 263 is the third semester of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Building upon the proficiency of level II, students will focus on acquiring additional vocabulary with which to engage in daily conversations in order to be able to both speak and comprehend more complex sentences. Students will also learn to predict the meaning of unfamiliar words based on general principles of word formation, roots and context. Although conversational proficiency continues to be emphasized, students at this level also begin to improve their reading skills and use the dictionary with ease. Information about aspects of Arabic culture will enhance student understanding and use of the language.
Prerequisite: Arabic II (LAN 161) or placement
Meet our Arabic Instructor
Salima Slimane grew up in Algeria and lived in France also at different points in her life. She holds a B.A. in English in the field of Education from the University of Batna in Algeria, and is pursuing her M.A. in American Literature. An experienced teacher and lecturer, Salima has been teaching for over 16 years in Foreign Language departments, private language schools, and after school programs. She currently works at Roxbury Community College as an Arabic adjunct faculty teacher, as well as an Arabic and French instructor at the Boston Language Institute. Salima also provides private instruction to business executives, doctors, university professors and graduate students .She has participated in various teacher-training courses, the latest one being the Academy for Arabic Teachers, a STARTALK Arabic Teacher Professional Development Program at Boston University. Outside the teaching world, she loves to spend time with her family and friends.