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Arabic

One of only a few similar programs in the United States, the Arabic Language Program, now in its fifth year at CRLS, has grown steadily in both student enrollment and offerings. The cultural diversity and academic depth of the school have provided a nurturing environment for this language which, in turn, is further enriching the school and the community. The program distinguishes itself by its approach to teaching Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) while also exposing the students to some of the language’s colloquial varieties. Arab culture, history, music, and current affairs are always being explored, across all levels, through readings, special projects, and regular presentational segments researched, organized, and delivered by the students. The Arabic Program at CRLS is useful for students seeking exposure to the language and culture as well as those interested in pursuing further studies in the field. Starting to learn Arabic before college gives the interested student a significant advantage to succeed and become proficient at the university level. Many graduates of the program have been exempted from lower level college courses in Arabic and have gone on to further their studies in the language and/or travel and even work in Arab countries. Following are the course descriptions for CP Arabic 1, CP Arabic 2, Honors Arabic 3, and Honors Arabic 4.

L001 CP Arabic 1
Arabic 1 introduces beginners to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and exposes them to colloquial varieties of the Arabic Language, especially the Levantine dialect. This course emphasizes the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, with a special focus on phonology and writing. As with all Arabic courses at CRLS, culture is an integral part of this course (see the program introduction above). As students learn the Arabic alphabet, they will begin not only to decipher the Arabic letters and symbols, but to put this knowledge into actual practice and use as they begin to write and read simple text in Arabic. The class relies on interactive tasks designed to help students build a vocabulary and develop communicative skills. No prior knowledge of Arabic is required but a commitment to preparation, attendance, and participation is essential. Exceptional performance in this course may result in the granting of Honors credit upon the recommendation of the teacher. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10

L101 CP Arabic 2
Arabic 2 further develops all language-related skills, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural knowledge. As with all Arabic courses at CRLS, culture is an integral part of this course (see the program introduction above). The course incorporates the use of authentic materials for practice and presents narrative-based content through audio and video media to develop meaning-focused language processing skills. Arabic 2 expands the interactive, communicative tasks between the teacher and the students as well as among the students directly. The course also develops reading skills through the use of texts derived from the main narrative and other sources. It reinforces grammar and vocabulary through classroom and homework exercises and provides a constant review to help students retain and develop their skills. Exceptional performance in this course may result in the granting of Honors credit upon the recommendation of the teacher. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Arabic 1 or Teacher Recommendation

L202 HN Arabic 3
Continuing to develop the basic language skills, HN Arabic 3 relates abstract grammatical concepts to practical skills. This course reviews and presents new concepts using spiraling techniques and inference and encourages students to explore and “play” with the language as they discover its complex structure by means of analogy, problem solving, educated guessing, and sheer practice. As in other courses, vocabulary, MSA grammar, and colloquial communications are reinforced through classroom exercises that are mostly paired or done in small groups with the goal of keeping students challenged as they further develop their skills. As with all Arabic courses at CRLS, culture is an integral part of this course (see the program introduction above). Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Arabic 2 or Teacher Recommendation

L302 HN Arabic 4
This Honors course continues to develop the basic language skills through refined grammatical concepts, practical skills, and a more personalized approach. Activation of new vocabulary is more prominent in this course along with advanced reading, writing, and conversational practices. The acquisition of many grammatical concepts is consummated in this course while others are further developed by means of analogy, reasoning, and educated guessing. Advanced grammar, vocabulary, and formal and informal communication are reinforced through extensive classroom exercises and homework. Creativity with the language is encouraged through active class participation and more independent work. As with all Arabic courses at CRLS, culture is an integral part of this course (see the program introduction above). Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Arabic 3 or Teacher Recommendation

L402 HN Arabic 5
The latest course in the series slated to be offered in future years, HN Arabic 5 will build on an extensive knowledge acquired by the students of the program through the previous four levels to help them achieve a higher sophistication in the language as they approach their college career. All basic language skills are refined in this course and many grammatical concepts are brought to culmination. Arabic will be the dominant language in the classroom giving students a chance to experiment with and improve their conversational skills in a safe and productive environment, either in MSA, one of two regional dialects, or any combination thereof. Independent research and presentational skills will be an integral part of this Honors course. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Arabic 4 or Teacher Recommendation