ASL101 Basic Arabic

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the Arabic language. It covers basic Arabic reading and writing. Topics include the Arabic alphabets, consonants, vowels, and phonics. Fundamentals on the dotting system, vowel signs and other diacritics will also be covered in this course.

Course Code: ASL101

Credit hours: 2

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will have mastered the Arabic alphabet and sound system, be able to distinguish and pronounce all Arabic letter sounds, and write them accurately from dictation.
  • Students will be able to differentiate through reading and writing, between the different types of letters in the Arabic alphabet: Single letters, Dual letters, Separate letters, Vowel letters, Double vowel letters, Small vowel letters, Long vowel letters, Non vowel letters, Double letters (stressed)
  • Students will have gained an Arabic vocabulary of more than 100 basic and active words, and be able to use them in simple sentences orally and written, using basic functional grammatical patterns and functions.
  • Students will be able to be able to write a simple paragraph about themselves.
  • Students will be able to engage in simple dialogue by initiating a social interaction: greeting, introduce themselves, ask and answer 2-3 simple questions.
  • Students will be able to note some of the basic differences between formal and spoken Arabic.
  • Students will be able to read the Quran with an improved understanding and appreciation of its meaning.

Course Outline:

  • Single letters
  • Dual letters
  • Separate letters
  • Vowel-ed letters
  • Double vowel-ed letters
  • Small vowel-ed letters
  • Long vowel-ed letters
  • Non vowel-ed letters
  • Double letters (stressed)

Main Textbook:


Additional on-line Readings:

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a) Arabic – The Language of the Quran

b) Arabic Language

c) A Case for Qur’anic Arabic – Arabic as a Second Language

d) Understanding Quran

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Mid-term Exam                   15%
  • Final Written Exam            25%
  • Final Oral Exam                  25%
  • Homework assignments    25%
  • Participation                        10%

Communication Etiquette:

  • Post all your questions related to the course to the (Online Test) forum.
  • If sending emails directly to the lecturer, please include appropriate label in the subject line (Action Required/Info/Admin) and allow up to 3 working days for reply.
  • Limit telephone communication with the Lecturer to within specified office hours only.
  • When leaving a voicemail, please clearly state your name, course code, and contact number.

Login Instructions:

To attend live – online lectures (on their scheduled time):

Virtual Class Room

Access the course on-line by logging into Online School, accessible from.

Al-Huda Online School

You will need a user name and password to:

  • View the recorded lectures if you missed the live online ones.
  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
  • Upload and submit your assignments, research papers, and exams.
  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Weekly materials and graded assignments will be posted onto the site by Monday – in sha Allah.
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