Course Summary
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formerly ARAB-4120GR; ARAB4120
4 weeks (160 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Modern Standard Arabic Translation


The course objective is to enhance and strengthen the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) Level 3 (General Professional Proficiency) student's functional use of the language. The primary objectives of the course are improving listening and reading comprehension while bolstering grammar fundamentals and cultural awareness. Speaking and writing may be used to reinforce the proper use of lexical and grammatical forms and serve as an ongoing assessment/feedback tool for the instructor. The course curriculum contains authentic language materials focused on the Final Learning Objectives (FLO) content areas-- military and security; economy and politics; science and technology; culture and society; and geography (physical, political and economic). A student who achieves a final grade of 77% or higher in this course should be able to consistently process ILR Level 3 (ACTFL Superior) to Level 3+ (ACTFL Superior) MSA voice and text passages in an operational environment.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Justify the use of specific grammatical forms, cases, moods, and parts of speech when given a MSA voice or text passage
  • Summarize a MSA voice or text passage, including Essential Elements of Information (EEI), as well as relevant cultural or topical background needed to fully understand the text
  • Produce grammatically correct translations of MSA voice passages, into clear, concise, idiomatic English
  • Author a coherent, grammatically correct text
  • At a ILR Level 3 (ACTFL Superior) to Level 3+ (ACTFL Superior) level, students will be able to hypothesize the cultural and/or topical subtext of a MSA voice or text passage
  • Estimate the meaning of unfamiliar words using context, roots and background knowledge when given a MSA voice or text passage

General Course Topics:

  • Military and security
  • Economy and politics
  • Science and technology
  • Culture and society
  • Geography (physical, political and economic)
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials