Intermediate Arabic I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ARB 201

       Course Name: Intermediate Arabic I

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Arabic 102 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues development of basic Modern Standard Arabic skills. Content includes general review and expansion of beginning grammar, along with conversation, vocabulary development, readings, and writing exercises. Focus is on life in modern Arabic-speaking countries.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To actively communicate in Arabic, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. To demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Arabic culture through written and aural class work.
  3. To demonstrate spoken Arabic in everyday contexts through responding to complex questions.
  4. To illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on short literary passages.
  5. To use elements of intermediate grammar through listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. To write complex sentences within the context of what has been studied.

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

1,3 7 Lesson Seven الدرس السابع
جَرائِد وَ مَجَلاّتٌ عرَبيَّةٌ
  1. Inquiring about and Describing an Activity or Object
  2. Making Polite Requests and Offers Using the Imperative
    1. The Imperative
    2. Forming the Imperative
    3. Doubly Transitive Verbs
    4. Pronunciation of the Attached Pronoun هُ
  3. Cases of the Noun
    1. The Nominative Case الرَّفع
    2. The Genitive Case الجَرُّ
    3. The Accusative Case النَصب
  4. Expressing Possession with the Prepositions مَعَ and لِ
  5. Attached Pronouns Suffixed to Verbs
  6. More on Arabic Names
3-5 8 Lesson Eight الدرس الثامِن
شاياً مِن فضلِك!
  1. Requesting and Declining Things Politely
  2. Expressing Likes and Dislikes
  3. Adverbials of Time
  4. Food and Drink
  5. Describing Daily Activities
  6. The Imperative
  7. Prepositions and Attached Pronouns
  8. Plurals of Nouns
    1. Sound Masculine Plurals جمْع مُذكَّر سالِم
    2. Sound Feminine Plurals جمْع مُؤنَّث سالِم
    3. Broken Plurals جمْع تَكسير
  9. إضافة Structure Revisited
5-6 9 Lesson Nine الدّرس التّاسع
  1. Telling Time
    1. Morphological Structure
    2. Grammatical Structure
    3. Fractions of an Hour
      سَحَر في جامِعةِ حَلَب
      مايكِل براون في القاهِرة
  2. Telling Time Informally
  3. Breaking Consonant Clusters
  4. Suppressing the Initial Sound of the Article
  5. Mass and Count Nouns
  6. Numbers: Reading Hundreds and Thousands
7-8 10 Lesson Ten الدّرس العاشِر
لُؤلُؤة القطامي فَتاةٌ عربِيَّةٌ مِن قَطَر
  1. Cultural Notes
    The Gulf
    Names and Recent History
    Language in the Gulf
    Men's Head Gear
  2. The Past Tense
    1. Past-Tense Conjugation of the Verb دَرَسَ ‘he studied’
    2. Negating the Past Tense
  3. Verbal Nouns المَصْدَر
  4. Noun-Adjective Agreement Revisited
    1. Number
    2. Gender
    3. Case
    4. Definiteness
9-11 11 Lesson Eleven الدّرس الحادي عَشَر
يَوْمِيّاتُ طالِبٍ عرَبِيٍّ ي أمريكا
  1. Describing Activities in the Past, Present, and Future
  2. Expressing Sequence قَبْلَ، بَعْدَ
  3. Expressing Certainty or Uncertainty
    1. The Particle أَنَّ
    2. Verbs with Doubled Consonants
  4. Reporting Other People’s Speech Using the Verb قالَ ‘say’
    The Particle إنَّ
  5. Comparing and Contrasting Entities اِسْم التّفضيل
    1. The Superlative
    2. The Comparative
  6. The إضافة Structure: Dual and Plural
  7. The Verb كانَ
  8. Calendars in the Arab World
    1. The Islamic Calendar
    2. The Western Calendar
  9. The Preposition بِ
  10. Two of the Five Special Nouns (أَب and أَخ)
12-14 12 Lesson Twelve الدّرس الثاني عَشَر
الفُصول الأرْبَعة والطقْس
  1. Partitive Nouns
  2. Converting Temperature Scales
15-16 13 Lesson Thirteen الدّرس الثالث عَشَر
؟ ماذا تَفْعَل هالة بُسْتاني كُلَّ يوْم -
يَوْمِيّات عَدْنان مارْتيني -
  1. Partitive Nouns and Phrases
  2. Negating Imperative Verbs
  3. Weak Verbsالفِعْل المُعتَلّ
  4. Expressing Reason
  5. Verb Position in Arabic Sentences
  6. Swearing or Giving an Oath Using the Preposition و
Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

There will be a mix of independent preparation and a variety of classroom activities.  Grammar rules will be introduced and explained in class.  Students are required to review the relevant material in the textbook and complete the assigned exercises as specified in the syllabus.  Students are expected to implement the learned grammatical rules in their writing, and speaking.  Students will be exposed to authentic written and audio-visual material from various Arab countries depicting these countries culture and social customs.  Oral exercises, oral reading, in-class writing, and role-playing are representative classroom activities.  Students will be exposed to a selection of audio material with assigned oral and written exercises.  These materials are provided for student use in the Language Lab. Video materials will be used to introduce various cultural elements.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

  1. Attend and participate in all classes.
  2. Review assigned preparations in time for class: the students will read the text’s explanations in order to be prepared to understand and ask for clarifications if needed after the language, and grammatical rules are explained during each lesson.
  3. Complete written exercises specified for each unit in the textbook or additional exercises assigned by the instructor. Submitted the completed exercises to the instructor on the dates specified by the instructor.
  4. Listen to CDs at least two hours per week and submit listening and written exercises to the instructor on the dates specified by the instructor.
  5. Take quizzes and exams. Quizzes and exams will include a mix of speaking, listening, reading and writing elements.
  6. The instructor will include additional information regarding course practices depending on what the instructor may require of his or her students.
  7. 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.

Ahlan wa Sahlan, Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners, Latest Edition, by Mahdi Alosh, revised by Allen Clark, Yale University Press.

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

Workbook or electronic assignments must be done by students outside of the classroom in order to practice the course content. These assignments will count as 25% of the course final grade. Students need to have at least a D (60%) in this section in order to pass this course.

In this course at least one speaking exam is required.

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.