Conversational Arabic

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ARB 105

       Course Name: Conversational Arabic

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ARB 102 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides conversational practice in Arabic to develop oral communicative skills using correct pronunciation and structure. Content includes appropriate use of language within the context of Arabic culture, through vocabulary development, oral presentations, role-play, and class discussion of Arabic language and life in the Arab world.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To build student proficiency in speaking Arabic.
  2. To refine pronunciation and intonation.
  3. To acquire the vocabulary and contextual information necessary for functional use of Arabic.
  4. To use the Arabic language in the context of real life situations.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1 1-4
  1. Morning greeting
  2. Evening Greeting
  3. When Meeting someone you know
  4. Asking someone how he is?
2 5-7
  1. Review and Drills
  2. When Meeting someone for the first time
  3. Thanking someone
3 8-10
  1. Annual festivities
  2. When someone gets married
  3. Review and drills
4 11-14
  1. Appreciating a host’s hospitality
  2. Praising the host’s food
  3. When someone sets out on a trip
  4. When someone returns from a trip
5 15-17
  1. Review and drills
  2. Upon a child’s birth
  3. When visiting someone sick
6 18-20
  1. Upon a person’s death
  2. Other greetings
  3. Review and drills
7 21-24
  1. Social graces
  2. Religious expressions
  3. Review and drills
  4. General review
Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class work is organized functionally; that is, it deals with the tasks or functions that form the basis of communication.  Class time will be used to practice and use Arabic language to express and describe various needs in various situations.  The students will be required to select an Arab character and an Arabic name, which they will use throughout the course.  Using these newly assumed identities, the students will communicate in various settings with appropriate language and relevant cultural clues.  The group will be required to keep a diary documenting their experience in this classroom’s virtual Arabic community.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course must be taught face-to-face.

Attendance in this class is mandatory since participation in class activities constitutes the core of the course.  Students will be provided with a list of vocabulary prior to each class and will be required to familiarize themselves with the assigned words prior to the class.  This will provide the student with the vocabulary needed to function and participate in class activities.  Students will listen to audiotapes coordinated with the assigned topics. There are no written exams, but students are required to keep a simple diary.  At mid‑semester, students will work in groups to create and role-play a situation within an Arabic setting.  As their final evaluation, students will give an oral report in the end of the semester and take an oral reading exam to demonstrate accuracy of pronunciation.

The Oakton Community College catalog states: Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or employment practices. 

In keeping with this policy of tolerance and non-discrimination, in this class all of us (myself included) should strive to:

  • Listen and give careful consideration to all ideas expressed in class, especially those that are different from our own, without attacking or demeaning the people who have those views, and
  • Avoid using insulting terms or telling offensive jokes when talking to or about individuals or groups.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

  • Conversations in Modern Standard Arabic, by Balkacem Baccouche and Sanaa Azmi, Yale University Press, Latest Edition.
  • Your First 100 Words in Arabic, by Jane Wightwick, McGraw-Hill, Latest Edition.  (Optional)

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

1. Lab Assignments: 25%
2. Quizzes / Attendance / Participation: 10%
3. Exams: 65%

Grading Scale:

  1. A = 90 – 100 pts
  2. B = 80 – 89 pts
  3. C = 70 – 79 pts
  4. D = 60 – 69 pts
  5. F = 59 & below pts

XI.   Other Course Information

In this section, each instructor should specify policies on attendance, make-up exams, and late assignments.

Heritage speakers may not take this class.

Oakton has two Language Labs to support your language study. The Language Labs offer the perfect atmosphere for doing your lab homework, meeting with a language tutor, attending a conversation group, or working on a computer. You can find a variety of language specific resources and equipment: language reference books and other supplementary language materials, headphones with microphones, keyboard covers for typing in another language, and more. Language Lab personnel are always available to help students working individually. Visit one of the Language Labs today:

Des Plaines, Room 2446, 847.635.1612
Ray Hartstein (Skokie) Campus, Room C132, 847.635.1493

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.