Speak Arabic at the ACTFL Intermediate Mid level. Show a developing ability to distinguish between vernacular and formal Arabic in word choice and pronunciation and emerging ability in aspects of Advanced-level speaking.
Read and understand simple written Arabic texts at the ACTFL Intermediate Mid level. Show developing ability in aspects of Advanced-level reading, such as understanding front-page news articles on familiar topics.
Understand spoken conversations, monologues, and media in vernacular and formal Arabic at the ACTFL Intermediate Mid level, demonstrating emerging ability in aspects of Advanced-level listening.
Write short essays, journal entries and notes at the ACTFL Intermediate Mid level, demonstrating emerging ability in aspects of Advanced-level writing.
Demonstrate mastery of verb conjugations (including passive) and other basic structures, as well as a developing familiarity with some high frequency constructions typically used in more formal registers. Demonstrate ability to vowel simple texts accurately and a developing ability to vowel more complicated texts.
Demonstrate a mastery of basic Arabic vocabulary, both vernacular and formal (approximately 2500 words).
Students will become familiar with key elements of the expectations and norms of a variety of Arab societies and develop an expanded awareness of the complex interplay between Arabo-Islamic Civilization and the West in the past.