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Elementary Arabic: 8th-12th Grade: 8/7-8/11 & 8/14-8/18


Monday, August 7 - Friday, 18, 2017


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


CCSU Main Campus, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT


Maha Darawsha, Hazza Abu Rabia



Course Description

Audience: This program is for students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2017.


This introductory Arabic program is designed to introduce students to the Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) Language and cultures of the Arabic-speaking world. Through the five basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural knowledge, students will acquire basic knowledge and understanding in the following areas:


•  The writing system, sounds and pronunciation of Arabic letters

•  Reading basic Arabic texts

•  Basic rules of Arabic grammar

•  Building a list of vocabulary in MSA & Colloquial Arabic

•  The role of the language in Arabic and Islamic cultures


After completing this two week program, students will have:


• Developed accuracy and fluency in pronunciation and writing of Arabic letters

• Acquired reading and writing comprehension of basic vocabulary and language structure

• Learned to use culturally appropriate social greetings and other expressions

• Learned the basics of the language structure (grammar)

• Acquired insight into the culture and diversity of the Arabic-speaking world


*Students may be able to pass an oral and written exam at the end of the course, and test out of level 1 Arabic training at college.  This is dependent upon the college and its requirements.



Instructor Information

Maha Darawsha

Prof Darawasha holds a BA from the University of Haifa and an MA from the University of Connecticut. Currently she teaches Arabic language at Central, where she has worked part time since 2014. Her areas of specialty are Arabic Language, Archaeology and Judaic Studies.

Hazza Abu Rabia

Prof Abu Rabia holds a PhD in Education from the University of Hartford and an MA from the Hartford Seminary and the University of Connecticut as well as a BA from the University of Thessaloniki. At Central, he teaches Arabic language and culture, and at the University of Hartford he is associated with the Department of Judaic Studies.

Registration Closed – Course Full