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Instructor: Ustadha Shazia Ahmed

Level: Two


Course Overview

This fourth step in our Online Arabic learning program focuses on specific topics of everyday life. This 201 course is to be taken after completing Arabic 103. The 200 series is the intermediate course within the beginner level.

The two chapters covered in this course are chapters 7 & 8, Study and Work. The student will learn vocabulary and dialogue particular to these topics, while apply writing, reading, speaking and listening skills to the relevant vocabulary. The students will work on distinguishing between similar letter sounds and learn expressions, and parts of Arabic culture that provide the means to converse with native speakers. The student will emerge from this class better acquainted with practical knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic.


About the Text

Al-Arabiyya Bayna Yadayka (العربية بين يديك) is a famous textbook used all over the world for teaching Modern Standard Arabic to non-native speakers. It focuses on teaching culture, grammar and basic conversation, as well as touching on religion. Accompanied with sound files, it provides ample practice for each of the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking We are using the first of the eight volumes. This textbook is ideal for this curriculum because it contains the necessary parts for language fluency while being broken down into easy, manageable steps.


About the Author

Authors: Dr Abdul Rahman Ibn Ibrahim Al-Fawzan, Dr Mukhtar Al-Tahir Hussain, and Dr Muhammad Abdul Khaliq Muhamad Fadhlal


Who is This Course For

• This course is for non-native speakers, approximately ages 14 and above.

• It is particularly beneficial for any students wanting to learn how to pick up Arabic speaking skills rapidly.

• This is the first course in Level 2. In order to successfully complete this course, students should finish Arabic 103.

• This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in grammar, improving their understanding of the Quran or solidifying their basic foundation of Arabic.


Learning Outcomes

• Understand enough Arabic to move past a beginner level in communication.

• Tell the time in Arabic (hours).

• Know the days of the week and months in Arabic.

• Distinguish between similar letters and sounds.

• Use more descriptive vocabulary regarding study and occupations in the Arab world.

• Formulate simple questions and answers regarding study and work.


Lesson Outline

Lesson 1: The Academic year

Lesson 2: A day in school and Ordinal numbers

Lesson 3: Simple Sentences And Questions

Lesson 4: Distinguishing between letters

Lesson 5: Describing pictures

Lesson 6: Maryam’s life at university

Lesson 7: What do you do? What will you do after graduation?

Lesson 8: What time is it?

Lesson 9: What, where and how many?

Lesson 10: Distinguishing between the letters

Lesson 11: Sentence composition

Lesson 12: Omar’s life as a pilot


Study Effort

Pre-requisites: LC-103

Weekly hours recommended: 6 hours study weekly (outside of class time)

Evaluation method: Two unit tests


About The Instructor

Shazia Ahmad completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto, specializing in Arabic and French. She then lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she resided for 15 years and studied Fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences with local and travelling scholars. In 2019, she moved back with her family to Mississauga, Canada.

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Short Intro: Focusing on specific topics of everyday life, the student will learn; vocabulary & dialogue particular to Study & Work, distinguish between similar letter sounds, & learn expressions & parts of Arabic culture that provide the means to converse with native speakers.
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What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
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