Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Arabic Studies

Overview

Arabic language training at UT is a part of a comprehensive program in Arabic Studies offering coursework in formal and spoken Arabic at all stages of proficiency. ARA 601C is open to anyone with no background in Arabic who wishes to learn the language.

Students taking Arabic have the opportunity to study the language for 4 years with the goal of achieving a minimum of advanced proficiency. The first 3 years of the language learning focus on building vocabulary and grammar, while the 4th year of Arabic is dedicated to content classes. Students learn about a specific topic entirely in Arabic.

Arabic Sequence

The core Arabic curriculum consists of three years (six semesters) of language-centered coursework that aims to build skills in reading, listening, speaking, writing, and culture.

First Year Second Year Third Year Content Courses
ARA 601C ARA 621K ARA 531K Varied Topics
ARA 611C ARA 621L ARA 531L Varied Topics

Content Covered

These courses offer a proficiency-based curriculum based on the methodology of the Al-Kitaab textbook series, which introduces students to both formal and spoken Arabic from the beginning, and focuses on developing learning and comprehension strategies in addition to the active acquisition of vocabulary and grammar. The program is demanding, and requires a significant time commitment on the part of the student, but the reward for that commitment is steady progress toward Advanced proficiency and beyond (based on the scale of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

Students are expected to reach Intermediate Low to Mid proficiency by the end of the first year, Intermediate Mid to High by the end of the second, and Advanced proficiency by the end of the third year. Below is an approximation of chapters covered in each class:

Course Content

ARA 601C

all of Alif Baa, chapters 1-4 in Alkitaab 1, 3rd edition

ARA 611C

chapters 5-11 in Alkitaab 1, 3rd edition

ARA 621K

chapters 12-13 in Alkitaab 1, 3rd edition; chapters 1-3 in Alkitaab 2, 3rd edition

ARA 621L

chapters 4-8 in Alkitaab 2, 3rd edition

ARA 531K

chapters 9-10 in Alkitaab 2, 3rd edition and chapters 5-7 in Alkitaab 2, 2nd edition

ARA 531L

selected parts of chapters 8-10 in Alkitaab 2, 2nd edition; authentic material (articles and videos); reading of a short Arabic novel

Beyond the three-year core, students may choose from a large number of upper division and graduate courses taught in Arabic that focus on an area or discipline, such as linguistics, literature, news media, cinema, history, political science, culture and thought.

Heritage Learners, Bilingual Students, and Native Speakers

 

 

All students who have not previously taken Arabic classes at UT but who have some prior knowledge of Arabic, however, obtained, must take a placement test before registering for any Arabic class. The test includes listening, reading, writing, and an oral interview with the test proctor. The test is given during the week before classes begin, and the exact time and date are announced on the Middle Eastern Studies website under Placement.

Students who wish to receive credit for ARA 601C and ARA 611C may take the credit-by-exam (CBE) which is only offered once a year in the Fall. Details on the CBE can be found here.

If you are a native speaker and would like to take a Content Course, please reach out to our  Undergraduate Coordinator Amber Ahmed.


Program Contacts:

Amber Ahmed
Undergraduate Coordinator
(512) 471-5107
CAL 512

Olla N Al-Shalchi, PhD
Arabic Language Coordinator
(512) 475-6644
CAL 508


Arabic Flagship Program

Aswaat Arabiyya - Instructional Website

Intensive Arabic Summer Institute


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