Arabic 102 is a 5-credit course offered in the winter semester.

Course Objectives

The Arabic program at the University of Michigan adopts an integrated approach that trains students to
communicate in both MSA (fuSHa) and one spoken Arabic variety ( 3aammiyya, either Egyptian or Levantine) in one class. The general learning objectives for this semester are: 1) to speak using both 3aammiyya and fuSHa; 2) to listen and understand in both 3aammiyya and fuSHa; and 3) to read and write in fuSHa.

By the end of Arabic 102, you will be able to:

  • compose simple paragraphs about your present and past daily activities and express time and date.
  • engage in meaningful communication using socially and culturally appropriate forms at a basic level of accuracy.
  • talk about yourself, your family, school, hobbies, and interests.
  • handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.
  • communicate and exchange information about familiar topics using phrases and simple sentences,
  • sometimes supported by memorized language.
  • engage in short exchanges in survival contexts (e.g., ordering food, asking for basic directions, etc.).
  • read texts on familiar topics and understand the main ideas without using the dictionary.
  • describe and respond to inquiries about weather conditions in certain regions in the Arabic-speaking countries.
  • identify and distinguish popular Arabic male and female names presented in both written and audio formats.
  • recognize basic information about weather conditions (temperature, humidity, rain, etc.) both on written and audio authentic resources.
  • gain a basic understanding of the way the root and pattern of Arabic words.