ARABIC

ARABIC COURSES

Course offerings include: Arabic I (ARAB–1411), Arabic II (ARAB–1412), Arabic III (ARAB–2311), and Arabic IV (ARAB–2312).
To be eligible to enroll in a language class beyond ARAB–1411, you must meet that course’s prerequisite. Up to date course information can be found through ACC’s
Online Course Schedule. Additional information on degree plans,
credit by examination, and more can be found throught the Academic page.

ARABIC RESOURCES

Online Arabic Learning resources and other valuable study tools are available through the links page. Additional tools for your academic success, such as study guides and library info, can be found on the Resources page.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The Arabic classes at ACC include a substantial cultural component in addition to a focus on reading, writing, and oral facility. These courses require a significant amount of study time outside of class. Please contact our departmental office to learn more about our Arabic classes.

WHY STUDY ARABIC?

Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries with well over 200 million native speakers making it one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world…

As the language of the Qu’ran, Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam and is understood by Muslims worldwide. Arabic is also one of the official languages of the United Nations.

Arabic is a great modern language with deep historical roots spanning centuries. While much of Europe intellectually languished during the Middle Ages, the Arab-Islamic civilization was in full-flower. During this period, the Arab world achieved great advancements in Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Philosophy, Literature and Architecture. Contact with the Arab-speaking world introduced Westerners to new concepts, customs, and products. These new goods, along with their respective Arabic vocabulary, have long since been woven into everyday life of the West: coffee, sugar, cotton, lemon, muslin, macramé, and jasmine to name just a few.

Arabic, originally descended from a Proto-Semitic language, is rather unique among the major modern world languages in that it is characterized by diglossia. This term refers to the fact that Arabic essentially consists of two languages: Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic. Modern Standard Arabic is used in reading, writing, and formal speech. Modern Standard Arabic is directly related to the Classical language derived from the Qu’ran. Colloquial Arabic, on the other hand, is spoken and generally not written. Colloquial Arabic will vary from region to region across the Arab world, so much so that it is in fact not uncommon for one regional dialect to be mutually unintelligible to a speaker of another regional dialect. Arabs will use their colloquial language in daily interactions but when a situation arises that calls for greater formality, the use of Modern Standard Arabic is called upon. Modern Standard Arabic is not a mother-tongue, or first language, among the Arab-speaking peoples; it is a learned as a second language. Due to its standardization, its characteristics are more or less consistent throughout the Arab–speaking world.

Are you considering learning Arabic? To do so is to enable oneself to have a deeper, more profound understanding of the Arabic cultural values, products, and practices. Knowledge of Arabic is also fundamental to study of Islam and Muslim culture.

There, too, are practical benefits and applications to acquiring this language. The rapidly growing population in Arab regions and the integration of the Arab world in the global economy has created numerous opportunities to expand business and exports into these lands. The business opportunities along with the importance of the Middle East in international affairs has created a high demand Arabic–speakers in the Western world. Conversely, there is a low supply of Westerners fluent in Arabic as it is a relatively uncommon language for Westerners to study. Those who acquire Arabic will find many career opportunities in a variety of fields spanning business, education, and government.