Classical Arabic Language Course

WHAT IS CLASSICAL ARABIC?

Classical Arabic refers primarily to the language of the Qur’an, and to the language used in the various texts and works that are directly inspired by it (the Qur’an). Classical Arabic evolved over time out of a group of a diverse of closely related dialects spoken by the various Arab tribes.Classical Arabic which in the Arabic language is called  fuṣ-ḥā, extends in usage from the pre-Islamic era to the Islamic period and beyond as the lingua franca of scholarship and learning.

Before the Islamic period, the language the Arabs spoke was an unadulterated variety of Arabic in which the Quran was eventually revealed. Therefore, when we use the term Classical Arabic, we simply mean Arabic as used in the Quran.

ABOUT THE COURSE

The Classical Arabic course is not conversational studies, although the Arabic that is learn in it can be used for conversational purposes. Our approach focuses on the development of grammar and translation skills.

We will be using the Grammar Translation Approach (GTA). The learning medium will be English and Arabic, and will focus on learning the rules of classical Arabic grammar and other important aspects of the Arabic language.  The course will also focus on the best translation techniques from Arabic to English. We will refer to these translation techniques from this point on as Composition and Style.

Although we absolutely support the idea of using Arabic for the purposes of communication, teaching Arabic as a Second Language (ASL) is not our prime objective.

Our approach focuses mainly on grammar, and therefore the student is given more written exercises such as essays, summaries, translations and dictations. The learning of Arabic through the Classical Arabic Course will be more academic and literary in character than conversational. However, in addition to grammar, we will also focus on the other four language learning skills of: reading, writing, listening and speaking as separate course modules.  During the course of studies, we will also focus on accurate pronunciation and diction through the use of the rules and techniques of tajwīd.  For those who want to speak Arabic in the future, this will build a suitable foundation for the development of good communication skills and Arabic diction later on.

Classical Arabic is the foundation upon which all other versions of Arabic sit, whether it is Modern Standard Arabic or the various Arabic dialects.

We believe that the learning and preservation of Classical Arabic in its purity is as important in this modern age as it was in the age when Classical Arabic was the lingua franca of scholarship and learning and the lingua franca of nations and cultures.  The true learning of Arabic is not done “in an instant” however. It takes time. In fact, it sometimes take the span of a lifetime. The study of Classical Arabic is for those who pace themselves like long distant runners, rather than short distant sprinters.

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION

Our Arabic courses have been structure for the students to gain mastery of both classical and modern texts and for them to develop strong communication skills.

The courses of the Arabic Program have been specifically developed and designed for English-speakers. The Arabic Program offers a transitional learning approach. This means that our students start their program by learning at the beginning and intermediate levels in Arabic and English, and are gradually transitioned to learning the advance levels of Arabic in the Arabic language only.

This instructional approach allows for a seamless and smooth transition from English and Arabic as the first mediums of instruction to complete Arabic as the main medium of instruction. It also ensures that the students clearly understand the rules and structures of Arabic in their own language so that no learning gaps occur. At the advance level, the students will be able to apply their already acquired skills in the Arabic language solely.

From our past experiences, we have seen that full immersion programs have the tendency to leave learning gaps with students because they are not allow to use their native language in the immersion setting to ask vital questions about the target language. On the other hand, our transitional learning approach allows the students to ask questions in their native language which helps to clarify vital points regarding grammar and vocabulary. if these questions are left un-addressed, this may cause learning gaps that ultimately undermine the full full understanding of the Arabic language and its subtleties.

WHO IS THIS COURSE AIMED AT?

The EALS Arabic Courses are suitable for students of all Arabic language levels and abilities

The Curriculum – The Seven Skills Development

Our Arabic Courses focus on intensive language learning, and specialized area studies and training. This course aims at building the student’s Seven Language Skills: Reading, Composition and Style, Grammar, Listening and Interpreting, Speaking, Pronunciation and Diction (Tajwīd), and Translation.

Arabic Courses – Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

  • ➢ Increase the student’s ability to read and handle classical and modern Arabic texts with a high level of comprehension and proficiency
  • ➢ Increase the student’s ability to speak Arabic with a well developed vocabulary
  • ➢ Increase the student’s ability to translate accurately by showing them how to avoid translations which are either too literal (representing the exact words of the original text) or too figurative (that is to say: free from exaggeration or distortion).

THE ARABIC COURSE AND LEVELS

READING: Introduction to Reading, Beginner Level Reading, Intermediate Level Reading, Advance Level Reading

COMPOSITION AND STYLE: Beginner Level Composition and Style, Intermediate Level Composition and Style, Advance Level Composition and Style

GRAMMAR: Beginner Level Grammar, Intermediate Level Grammar, Advance Level Grammar

LISTEN AND SPEAKING: Beginner Level Listening and Speaking Intermediate Level Listening and Speaking, Advance Level Listening and Speaking

PRONUNCIATION AND DICTION (TAJWID): Beginner Level Pronunciation and Dictation (TajwīdIntermediate Pronunciation and Diction (Tajwīd), Advance Pronunciation and Diction (Tajwīd)

TRANSLATION: Beginner Level Translation, Intermediate Level Translation, Advance Level Translation

Medium of Instruction EALS Arabic Courses

Level

Ranking

Primary Medium of Instruction

Usage of Student’s Native Language

Level 1

Beginner

English / Arabic

Maximum Usage

Level 2

Intermediate

English / Arabic

50 / 50 Usage

Level 3

Advanced

Arabic Only

Minimum to Zero Usage

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: