The Arabic Languages program has been offered at Queen's University since 2008. The establishment of Arabic language and culture courses was the first step taken by faculty to develop a new interdisciplinary program and research center on Islam and multicultural societies. Currently, we offer language acquisition courses up to 200-level (Intermediate Arabic) and many extra-curricular activities such as movie nights, conversation groups, Arabic poetry readings, and potlucks.
صفنا Saffuna, Arabic word for “Our Class,” is an Arabic language program at Queen's. Saffuna is made up of a small group of students committed to improving their oral proficiency by active use of Arabic in cooperation with a language instructor.
Click here for a list of the current Course Offerings.
|Introductory Modern Standard Arabic
|The course is dedicated to beginners and is designed to enable students to communicate in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) using four key skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course introduces students to the Arabic script and grammar. By the end of the course, students should be able to read and write short sentences and paragraphs in MSA and to respond to it verbally. Although a diversity of dialects exists throughout the Arab nations, MSA is considered the common denominator across the region. It is used for formal communication in official speeches, education and the media.
|Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic
This course seeks to introduce students to complex grammatical structures and to enrich their vocabulary. This course allows students to further develop four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. More focus is placed on reading comprehension and structure recognition. Students will learn vocabulary related to the Arab culture and daily life, such as holidays, modern Arabic poetry, music, short stories studies, jobs, daily schedules, and expressions of location, etc. By the end of this course, students will be able to construct grammatically correct sentences.
Prerequisite: ARAB100 or an equivalent course or permission of the instructor.
|Intermediate Arabic (Modern Standard)
This course seeks to introduce students to more advanced grammatical structures, to develop reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking skills.