The aim of this course is to
introduce students who have no previous knowledge of Arabic or who have a very
preliminary experience of it to the basics of Arabic. With this end in mind,
students will be acquainted, in addition to the alphabet and the sounds, with
the basic words and expressions which will enable them to understand, read,
write, and speak Arabic at a beginners’ level.
The course begins by placing the
learners in the Arabic language environment right away. Students aim to finish
the course with the ability to read and write lengthy paragraphs and to
communicate predominantly in modern standard Arabic, although some colloquial
Arabic is taught to enable the student to understand the language as it is
spoken by the majority of people.
By the time students have completed
the course, they will be able to read and write texts on familiar topics and
understand the main ideas, as well as speak about themselves and the
environment in Modern Standard Arabic. Moreover, the students will have
confidence in their ability to guess the meaning of new words from context, and
be able to form and understand almost all the basic patterns of the Arabic
The course also involves regular
use of audio-visual materials in Arabic.
Topics covered in level one fully
integrate the four skills and include: Countries, Continents, Jordanian cities,
Directions, Seasons, Months, Days of the Week, Colors, Animals and birds,
Plants (vegetable and fruits), Clothes, The Human Body, Family, Transportation,
Parts of a House, Kitchenware, Drinks, Furniture, Office equipment, Numbers,
City facilities, Jobs/ employment, Verbs (past, present, imperative), Pronouns,
Singular and plural, Demonstrative pronouns, Possessive pronouns,
Nationalities, Adverbs (after, before, under…), Adjectives, Using the
dictionary, Sentence structure and usage.
This level is a continuation of elementary
Arabic (level one). In this class students will continue to work on both
Standard Arabic and Spoken Arabic (Levantine). The overall goal of this
course is for students to speak, read and write Arabic and improve their
listening skill. This class will continue to introduce students to the basic
structures of both types of Arabic, to expand their vocabulary in key areas and
use the vocabulary they study to form sentences and describe what is happening
around them. Specific functions to achieve include the ability to write and
construct correct Arabic sentences, talk at ease about themselves, food,
hobbies, studies, likes and dislikes. students initiate conversations and
understand what others say when they speak at a normal pace using words and
constructions they have learned. They will also learn a number of social expressions
that will allow them to interact in indigenous Arabic situations. Culture will
be an integral part of this level and students will learn about Arab culture
and habits as they advance in the course.
Topics covered in level two fully integrate
the four skills and include: extended greetings and civilities, finding an
apartment, extending residency, touring downtown, at the restaurant, at the clinic,
at the mall, at the bank, at the library, a trip to a Jordanian city, a visit
to a friend, broken plurals, demonstrative pronouns, interrogative pronouns,
negation, relative pronouns and prepositions.
In this level students will be able to read
Arabic texts, understand them and express their general ideas. They will also
construct cohesively correct sentences describing items or talking about
different subjects and actively employ vocabularies in daily life. Speaking and
reading are stressed more in this level and a combination of standard Arabic
and spoken Arabic will boost students’ self-confidence in their use of the
language. Culture topics molded in daily life situations continue to be an
integral part of this level. Students are introduced to simple short stories
and articles introducing new literary genres that serve the language skills
taught at this level.
Such topics include: leisure time, sports,
reading a newspaper, visiting places, writing about favorite topics, listening
to popular TV shows, introducing media items in addition to group speaking
Level four is a completion to what
has been taught in previous levels in in terms of the four language skills of
reading, writing, listening and speaking. In this level, the previous skills
are presented in various contexts: social, political, literary, scientific,
economic, and historical texts.
The students will also study
different syntactic and morphological topics such as active and passive voices,
active and passive participles, adjectives and adverbs, conjunction, addition,
conditional sentences, and numbers.
Each unit in the textbook contains
exercises related to reading comprehension, dictionary use, and grammar. In
addition, it includes listening and speaking exercises that focuses on
employing what has been discussed in the texts.
The aim of this level is to enrich the students’
vocabulary knowledge by introducing different types of texts which will help
them communicate with others in different cultural and scientific situations
through standard and colloquial Arabic. Consequently, this will enable the
students to understand what they have listened to and summarize it either in a
written or a verbal way. They will also be able to read, understand, and
discuss different articles in journalistic issues related to the status quo in
Jordan and the world.
Students in this level will be able to handle
with confidence a large number of communicative tasks. They will participate
actively in most informal and formal exchanges on a variety of real topics.
Skills in this level tend to be combined and interwoven in order to relate
relevant and supporting facts in connected, paragraph-length discourses.
They will also understand communicative and
descriptive texts. These texts reflect and use the linguistic competencies
students have achieved and present the learner with the necessary tools to
identify the rich and diverse Arabic culture in which Arabic language is used.
This level also builds and enhances students’ language intuition. Students can
predict the meaning of new words in context and perform linguistic tasks with
Students in this level will use the four language
skills in a consistent and coordinated way to use language with more confidence
and produce well-organized texts and thoughts.
Topics in this level include but are not
limited to Arabic society, media, current events, debates, expressive writing,
translation and journalism.
Students in level six will perform all
advanced-level tasks with linguistic confidence, and competence. They will be able
to explain in detail and narrate fully and accurately in all time frames. In
addition, they should be competent to produce a structured argument to support
This level will boost students’ rhetoric and
comprehension through introducing different literary texts. They will analyze
news items and discuss current events. This level also introduces students to
famous Arab writers.
They will write summaries of literary and news
items. They will also write extensively about topics relating to particular
interests and special areas of competence.
All four language skills are integrated into this
course to enable students to use language freely and with confidence. Speaking
and writing are of great importance in this level.
In level seven, students should understand the main ideas of
complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics. They can understand
a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meanings.
Analytical thinking is stressed at this level as students use the language
skills they have developed to engage in discussions about different topics.
They will also develop and use their writing
skills in different genres. They will be asked to present reports, articles and
essays on a wide variety of topics. Students will also develop their media
skills tools and learn how to critically talk about and respond to a wide range
of media reports.
Functional syntax will be used and will serve
the aforementioned skills and goals.
Compiled authentic teaching materials will be
used in this level.
In this advanced level, students are expected
to interact fluently with native speakers. They can also produce clear,
detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical
issue. They can give extended warnings, suggestions, recommendations or advice.
For example, they can give a detailed suggestion on how to solve a problem. They will be able to write about on variety of
topics with accuracy.
Students are expected to understand
conventional narrative and descriptive texts such as expanded descriptions of
persons, places, and things, and narrations about past, present, and future
events. Students will understand the main points and supporting details in any given
Field visits, debates and guest speakers will supplement
the aforementioned skills and goals.
authentic teaching materials will be used in this level
In level nine, students will express ideas
fluently and spontaneously and can use language effectively for social,
academic and professional purposes and topics of community, national, or
international interests making use of the Standard/Spoken Arabic combination.
They will also produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex
subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and
cohesive devices. They will be able to explain in detail and narrate fully and
accurately in all time frames. In addition, they will be able to handle the
tasks pertaining to the advanced level across a variety of topics. They can
provide a structured argument to support their opinions, and they may construct
hypotheses as well.
Students at this stage should be able to understand
virtually everything heard or read. They can summarize information from
different spoken and written sources, reconstruct arguments and accounts in a
coherent presentation and express fluently and precisely and differentiate
finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
Students should write about a variety of
topics with significant accuracy and detail. They can handle informal and
formal situations and write extensively about topics relating to particular
interests and special areas of interest.
authentic teaching materials will be used in this level.