Intensive Introduction to Colloquial Moroccan Arabic Language in Context: Novice Abroad

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Arabic Language/Studies
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
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This Colloquial Moroccan Arabic course aims at meeting the immediate needs of students to be able to communicate with their host families and with people outside.

Attendance policy: 

Class attendance is compulsory. Each student will be allowed only two unexcused absences throughout the course. For each unexcused absence beyond this there will be a reduction in the final grade. Students who are late to class on a regular basis will also receive a reduction in their final grade and/or disciplinary action.

Students should not exceed 2 absences in each (45 hours) content course.
Students should not exceed 4 absences in the (90 hours) Arabic language course.

Any additional absence would lower the grades as follows:
1 more absence = will lower the final grade by 5 %
2 more absences= will lower the final grade by 10 %
3 more absences = will lower the grade by 15 %
4 more absences = will lower the grade by 20 %

Any additional absences will continue to lower the final grade by 5% increments. 

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Communicate in simple Moroccan Arabic using basic words and expressions.
  • Understand basic conversations in CMA.
  • Make polite requests.
Method of presentation: 

The instructors will foster the active involvement of the students in meaningful interactions in class through pair work, group work and role-play.  Sessions are 3-4 hours a day with a break of 15-20 minutes in the middle. Students who are not familiar with the Arabic script will be in a separate group and will be using transcribed Latin script. The use of English will be kept to the minimum.

Unit Content
  • Useful expressions :
    • What’s your name?, my name is...., Pleased to meet you.
    • I want …., thanks.
  • More greetings:
    • How are you? I am fine, Thanks. Good bye, see you later.
    • Commands in context: see, listen, read, write, stop, say.
    • Nouns in context: family, children, my children, father, mother, sister, daughter.
  • Numbers: 1 to 20
  • Homework
  • Review from Unit 1
  • Adjectives in context: I am happy, angry, sick, tired
  • Pronouns: I, you, he, she, they, we
  • Questions: Do you…? Are you…?
  • Answer: Yes, No
  • Possessives: My, your, her, their, our
  • Occupations: Student, teacher, nurse, waiter
  • Nationalities: Moroccan, American, French
  • Questions: - Where are you from? Are you from….? What’s your occupation?
    • Question/answer on nationalities and occupations.
  • Homework
  • Review from Unit 2
  • Numbers from 20 to 100
  • Dialogue: At the shop
    • Vocabulary words and expressions: Oil, sugar, tea, milk, a bottle of, change, how much?, give me, I want,
  • Role play
  • Homework
  • Quiz 1 on Units 1 and 2
  • Review from Unit 3
  • Dialogue: At the grocer’s
    • Vocabulary words and expressions: Fruits and vegetables. 1 kilo, 2 kilos, half a kilo, a quarter of a kilo
  • Role play
  • Homework
  • Review from Unit 4
  • Numbers from 100 to 1000
  • Dialogue: At the Café
    • Vocabulary words and expressions: coffee and milk, coffee, orange juice, with sugar, without sugar
  • Days of the week
  • Role play
  • Homework
  • Quiz on Units 3 or 4
  • Review from Unit 5
  • Dialogue: Let’s go
    • Making suggestions, inviting
  • This, that, those
  • Role play
  • Review from Unit 6
  • Dialogue: At the hotel
    • Vocabulary word and expressions: Shower, room, bathroom, breakfast, dinner, lunch, passport, pay, sign here please, with/without
  • Role play
  • Homework
  • General review
  • Final exam


Previous Course Name: 
(Formerly AB 100A Intensive Introduction to Colloquial Moroccan Arabic)