Asian and Near Eastern Languages

First-Year Arabic

First-Year Arabic
Basic skills of spoken and written Arabic.
 Hours4.0 Credit, 5.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 NoteSuggested first class for students learning Arabic. (If all sections are full at registration, email Dr. Belnap at Also offered by BYU Independent Study; enroll anytime throughout year; one year to complete; additional tuition required; register at
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring
 ProgramsContaining ARAB 101
Course Outcomes: 

Social Interaction

Demonstrate ability to socially interact with Arabs appropriately (control basic "God wishes," gender/status sensitive).

Basic Conversation Tasks

Converse simply but successfully with native speakers of Arabic about self and family; order a meal, ask/give simple directions, and accomplish other basic tasks.

Arabic Sounds

Distinguish and pronounce all Arabic sounds.

Written and Audio/Video Texts

Comprehend simple written and audio/video texts on familiar topics.

Composing Simple Personal Letters

Compose a simple personal letter.

Foundational Structures

Control foundational structures (iDaafa, noun/adjective phrase, basic sentence types, etc.).

Differences in Formal and Vernacular Arabic

Recognize and employ some of the differences between formal and vernacular Arabic.

Language Learning and Communicative Strategies

Employ key language learning and communicative strategies (e.g. use context and what one knows to infer themeaning of what one does not know).