Intermediate Arabic II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ARB 202

       Course Name: Intermediate Arabic II

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Arabic 201 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues Arabic 201. Content includes increased knowledge of the Arabic language and its culture. Extensive practice in reading, writing, and speaking of Modern Standard Arabic, as well as exposure to other commonly used Arabic dialects.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Actively communicate in Arabic, making spontaneous use of structures and vocabulary studied.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation of contemporary Arabic culture through written and aural class work.
  3. Demonstrate spoken Arabic in everyday contexts through responding to complex questions.
  4. Illustrate reading comprehension through answering relevant questions on short literary passages.
  5. Use elements of intermediate grammar through listening, spoken, and written exercises.
  6. 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

Week Unit Topic Exams
1,2 14 Lesson Fourteen الدّرس الرّابِع عَشَر
يَوْمِيّات مايْكل بْراوْن.
يَوْمِيّات عَدْنان مارْتيني
  1. Expressing Contrast with أمّا …… فَ
  2. Expressing Reason Using لِذلِكَ
  3. The Preposition لِ Following the Verb قال
  4. The Position of Demonstratives in Relation to the Modified Noun
  5. More on the Derivation of Relative Nouns (نِسْبة)
  • Learning about family, women, geography in the Arab speaking world.
  • The influence of Western culture on the Arab world
3,4 15 Lesson Fifteen الدّرْس الخامِس عَشَر
أَعْيادٌ عَرَبِيّةٌ وإسْلامِيّةٌ ومَسيحِيّةٌ و أمريكِيّةٌ
عيدان إسْلامِيّان
عيدان مَسيحِيّان
أعْياد أمريكِيّة
سُعاد ريموي
  1. The Five Nouns Revisited الأسماء الخَمْسة
  2. Not Fully Inflected Nouns المَمْنوع مَن الصّرف (Diptotes)
  3. The Passive Voice
    1. Past-Tense Passive
    2. Present-Tense Passive
    3. Agent فاعِل and Deputy Agent نائِب فاعِل
    4. The Verb صارَ
  • Literature, selected reading from “The Arabian Nights” “ ألف ليلة وليلة”
  • Tawfiq al-Hakim “توفيق الحكيم” and theatre.
5,6 16 Lesson Sixteen الدّرس السادِس عَشَر.
شَخْصِيّاتٌ أمريكِيَّةٌ و عَرَبِيَّةٌ
  1. Secrets of the Language: Forms of the Arabic Verb
    1. Patterns الأوْزان and the Root System
    2. Verb Forms أوْزان الفِعل
    3. Special Cases
  2. Ordinal Numbers Revisited
  • العمارة الاسلامية, Islamic architecture
  • Arabic visual Art of calligraphy, الخط العربي
7,9 17 Lesson Seventeen الدّرس السابِع عَشَر
عيدُ الفِطْر
عامٌ دِراسِيٌّ جَديد
  1. Dual and Plural Nouns in إضافة Structures
    (المُضاف (مُثَنّى وجَمْع
  2. Expressing Frequency كُلّ، مَرّة
  3. Expressing Exception ماعَدا
  4. Explaining Reason Using لِ and Its Case المُضارِع المَنْصوب (Subjunctive)
  5. Derived Forms: Active and Passive Participles اِسمُ الفاعِل وإسمُ المَفعول
  6. Negating Past-Tense Verbs with لَمْ (المضارع المَجزوم)
  7. Weak Verbs الفِعل المُعْتلّ
  • أم كلثوم, Oum Kalhoum, كوكب الشرق
  • فيروز Fairouz, one of the most famous and respected Arab artists.
10,11 18 Lesson Eighteen الدّرس الثّامِن عَشَر
شَقّةُ مايْكْل الجَديدةُ
  1. Expressing Intention: أرادَ أَنْ + المُضارِع المَنصوب
    The Verb أعْجَبَ
  2. The Noun of Instrument إسْمٌ الآلة
  3. Prepositions حُروف الجَرّ: Relational Concepts
    1. Two Categories of Prepositions
    2. Adverbs and Prepositions of Place
  • المطبخ العربي, Arab Gastronomy (dishes from the Middle East and North Africa).
  • National and religious festivities.
12,13 19 Lesson Nineteen الدّرْس التّاسِع عَشَر
مايْكل بْراوْن في القاهِرة والإسكندَريّة
عدنان مارتيني في نيويورك وكندا وفلوريدا
  1. Terms of Address in Written Communication
  2. Adverbs of Time and Place ظَرْف الزمان و المكان
  3. Negating Future Time (لَنْ)
  4. Relative Nouns الأسماء المَوصولة (الّذي، الّتي)
    1. Restrictive Relative Nouns الأسماء المَوصولة الخاصّة
    2. Agreement with Non-Rational Plurals
    3. Non-Restrictive Relative Nouns مَن and ما
    4. Combining Relative Nouns with Prepositions
    5. Indefinite Antecedents
    6. The Referent as Object in the Relative Clause
  5. Prepositions Revisited
  6. Possessive إضافة
  • Egypt: A pioneer of the Arab Cinema (Excerpts from “دعاء الكروان”
  • Oriental dance and سامية جمال, Samiya Gamal,
14,16 20 Lesson Twenty الدّرس العِشرون
رِياضاتٌ وأطْعِمةٌ مُفضَّلة
مِن يوميّات مايكل براون
  1. Habitual and Progressive Past
  2. Colors
  3. Comparative Nouns with Doubled Consonants
  4. Weak Verbs Revisited (الفعل المعتل)
  • the history of minorities in the Arab world: Assyrians, Berbers, Coptics, Jews,…etc.
  • Common heritage: Biblical figures in the Qur’an
Final Exam

VII.  Methods of Instruction

There will be a mix of independent preparation and a variety of classroom activities.  In addition to review and expansion of communicative skills, the students will view, read, analyze and discuss authentic material that addresses a variety of topics and reflect Arabic culture and social norms.  Students will be required to review the relevant material in the textbook and the outside readings and complete the assigned exercises as specified in the syllabus.  Students are expected to implement the learned grammatical rules in their writing, and speaking.  Classroom instruction will include a variety of activities such as oral exercises, oral reading, in-class writing, role-playing, and reporting.  Students will be exposed to a selection of audiovisual materials with associated assignments.
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. Write, on a weekly basis, one page essay on cultural topics (total for the semester 16 pages).
  7. Make a 5-10 minute presentation to the class on any cultural topic, such as history, geography, social mores, politics or religion.
  8. The instructor will include additional information regarding course practices depending on what the instructor may require of his or her students.
  9. 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 , 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: 35%
3. Cultural writing/presentation: 30%

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.