Academic Programs 

Introduction to Arabic, Part I (LG-597)
Fall 2004

A basic introduction to Arabic that assumes no prior knowledge of the Arabic language. 


Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.  

Steven Blackburn
Faculty Associate in Semitic Scriptures

Contact Information:

(860) 509-9561


Course Syllabus


Alif-Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds by Brustad et al.

Al-Kitaab fi ta`allum al-`arabiyya by Brustad et al.


A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Wehr), edited by J M. Cowan


In this course students will be introduced to two modes of Arabic:  the “Standard” language based on the Classical Arabic of the Qur’an, and a spoken version “colloquial” from the educated classes of Egypt.

No one can be said to “know” Arabic unless both types, “standard” and “colloquial”, have been mastered.            


September 16            Unit 1, Alif-Baa

September 23            Unit 2, Alif-Baa

September 30            Exam, Units 1&2; Unit 3, Alif-Baa

October 7                  Unit 4, Alif-Baa

October 14                Exam, Units 3&4; Unit 5, Alif-Baa

October 21                Unit 6, Alif-Baa

October 28                Exam, Units 5&6; Unit 7, Alif-Baa

November 4               Unit 8, Alif-Baa

November 11             Exam, Units 7 & 8; Unit 9, Alif-Baa

November 18             Unit 10, Alif-Baa; learning to use a dictionary

November 27             THANKSGIVING DAY – No Class Scheduled

December 2              Exam on Alif-Baa; Lesson 1, al-Kitaab

December 9              Lesson 2, al-Kitaab

December 16            FINAL EXAM


NB:  When learning a language, it is (infinitely?) better to work a little each day than to cram on weekends or over large chunks of time.

“I’m not here to hand out bad grades” is one of my mottos.  Every effort will be made to keep you all up to speed, that being one of the luxuries of having a small class.

Most importantly:  HAVE FUN!  Even though Arabic is NOT an easy language, it CAN be enjoyable.   I’ll try to make it that way; if you work, there is that much more chance of making it that way for yourself.

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