The Islamic School of Seattle is offering Arabic classes! The Arabic program is open to anyone who is interested in the Arabic language and culture, or who wants to improve their language skills.
Our Arabic language courses are taught in Modern Standard Arabic or fusha. All language elements are taught including reading, writing, listening, and conversation. Grammar skills are taught in context generally with about one-third of the class time spent in conversation. The primary text used is "Al-Kitab", please see textbook description page. A syllabus is provided for each course.
The text used is the following, and is available from Amazon.com: Al-Kitaab: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One, 2nd Ed. & three audio/visual DVDs by Brustad, Al-Batal, and Al-Tonsi NOTE: The textbook is not needed until Arabic 102
Arabic 101 Mini Class:
· An introduction to the Arabic language.
· The letters of the Arabic alphabet, the vowels, and diacritical markings.
· The definite article.
· Subject pronouns.
· An introduction to the possessive pronouns.
· An introduction to the present tense.
· Meeting and greeting people vocabulary and conversation practice.
Arabic 101 Standard Class:
This is a beginning class the students will learn the Arabic alphabet. During this class the students will also learn basic Arabic grammar and syntax. Vocabulary will be introduced thematically; the goal being for the student to gain a strong base in everyday vocabulary, so that they are able to --- greet and make introductions; describe people, places and things; and talk about their families. Students will also learn how to ask and respond to simple questions, the subject pronouns, noun-adjective agreement, as well as be introduced to the present tense verb. (chapters 1-2 in the textbook)
This is a lower intermediate class which will expand upon the student's basic skill levels gained in Arabic 101. The vocabulary learned in this class will relate to family life and the extended family, weather, Arabic music, Arabic food and restaurants, and university life. Grammar points covered in this class include the construct phrase, possessive pronouns, adverbs, prepositions, simple comparisons, the gerund, interrogative and negative sentences, numbers, and the days of the week. (chapters 3-6 in the textbook)
This is our second lower intermediate class which further develops the students' knowledge of Arabic. The themes and vocabulary for this class are on daily life activities, social relationships, and employment. During this class students will learn about object pronouns, quantities, the fronted predicate, and the root system in the Arabic language which enables use of the dictionary. Time will also be spent in reviewing and reinforcing what was studied up to this level through oral and written exercises; so that by the end of this class students will have a basic foundation for reading and writing Arabic, and be ready to move on to the intermediate level. (chapters 7-10 in the textbook)
This is an intermediate level class which will conclude with the students being able to use the dictionary. The vocabulary in this class relates to traveling, employment, expressions of time, and describing the house. Grammar points covered are the subjunctive tense, the superlative, the future verb tense, and the negation of the future tense. There will also be review of all the verb tenses as well as further practice with high-frequency verbs, both regular and irregular. (chapters 11-14 in the textbook)