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Arabic: Summer Intensive Arabic Level 1

Program(s): Sli Precollege, Sli Undergrad

*Taught Online*  This course is an 8-week course designed to introduce complete novices to the fundamentals of Arabic in the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Classes are small and use the Alif Baa' and al-Kitaab textbook (3rd edition), supplemented by authentic materials both to learn the language and to experience the culture. Cultural proficiency is an integral part of the language instruction (forms of address, youth phrases, phrases used among intimate friends, etc.). Students will spend 4-5 hours per day practicing using Arabic in classroom activities, and should plan on studying an additional 3-4 hours most afternoons and evenings.  Cultural exposure will also be supplemented through songs, and films. At the conclusion of the course, students can expect to have mastered the sounds and shapes of the Arabic alphabet, to be able to speak about themselves and their world in Modern Standard Arabic, as well as to engage in conversations about familiar topics with native speakers,  to comprehend basic texts, and to use some common phrases in colloquial Egyptian and Shaami.

Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course


Course Considerations

All students participating Summer ARAB 10123 will participate in a four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course. Students will receive a University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

Course Overview

Start Date

June 10

End Date

August 02

Current Grade / Education Level

11th Grade
12th Grade
Undergrad / Grad


Pre-College Summer Language Institute
Summer Language Institute (Undergrad)

Class Details

Course Code

ARAB 10123 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)


3:30 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

8 weeks

Primary Instructor

Hala Abdelmonem

Academic Interest