Accessible Arabic

A proven effective program to learn the Arabic language

With face-to-face lessons held exclusively on Sundays and ample revision opportunities throughout the week, our 8-week courses are ideal for those who want to become proficient in reciting the Quran and understanding Arabic while maintaining their personal, family, and work commitments and obligations.

Fall 2022 Course Dates:

Every Sunday

October 2nd - December 11, 2022

On site at the Philadelphia Masjid

For more information email arabic@theqari.org

Overview

Accessible Arabic seeks to help develop students' Arabic language skills for religious purposes, primarily to better comprehend the Quran and hadith and related, secondary expository texts. Presently, our program consists of 6 main levels, starting with Level 1A for absolute beginners and ending in Level 2C. Each level consists of 8 units, divided up over 16 weeks. We cover half a course (i.e., 4 units) each semester. Our Level 3 courses familiarize students with the technical terminology of Arabic, helping students communicate word function in Arabic and dissect the individual elements of an Arabic sentence. Level 3 courses are only recommended for students seeking to study Arabic for academic religious purposes.

Course Descriptions

Accessible Arabic Level 1A – Part 1 (Beginner Course)

Interested in increasing your confidence when reading the Quran and hadith? Need focused lessons on how to properly pronounce words and sentences when learning a supplication? Worried about making mistakes in the adhan or other religious phrases because you have depended on English transliterations and have never been able to read the original Arabic for yourself? Our Level 1A “Introduction to Arabic” course provides a solid foundation for beginning Arabic learners, empowering them with the tools to correctly read and pronounce many of the Quranic verses, hadith, and duaa that they interact with on a daily basis. Study is methodical, moving from the familiar to the unfamiliar and from simple to more challenging concepts via Let’s Begin to Read Arabic, written by the renowned Dr. V. Abdur Rahim, author of the Madinah Book series. By the end of this course, students will be able to comfortably and accurately read and pronounce just about any Arabic word, enabling them to say the adhan, the tashahhud and many familiar Arabic phrases with mastery and increased confidence.

Accessible Arabic Level 1C Course

The Accessible Arabic Level 1C takes literacy skills and Hans-Wehr Dictionary usage to the next level. Students will become familiar with some of the most common Arabic plural structures and words, revisiting many concepts covered in Level 1B while developing a greater awareness of principles for language learning and comprehension. Students will improve linguistic proficiency along with peers by translating authentic scholarly explanations to ayaat of the Quran and hadith. Students are introduced to some of the most frequently used plurals of the Quran and continue to develop linguistic awareness that allows for increased opportunities for oral communication between students, their peers, and their instructor with confidence. By the end of this course, students will be able to comprehend four-word to six-word Arabic sentences, convert Arabic verbs to certain morphological structures and translate their meanings accordingly, recall over 40 Arabic words from memory, interact with scholarly explanations with more confidence, and communicate more comfortably with peers and their instructor.

Accessible Arabic Level 1A - Part 2 (Beginner Course)

Part 2 of our Level 1A “Introduction to Arabic” course strengthens reading skills learned in the previous level through extended lessons and practice. In this course, the focus is on correctly reading words with letters seen but not read and practice with reading sentences and phrases. Students also develop their confidence speaking in Arabic, through classroom speaking exercises focused on making them more comfortable with oral classroom communication. Reading study continues via Let’s Begin to Read Arabic, written by the renowned Dr. V. Abdur Rahim, author of the Madinah Book series. Speaking skills are developed via our own Accessible Arabic materials. By the end of this course, students will be able to read more authentic Arabic text confidently and accurately as well as hold brief conversations with teachers and classmates in the language classroom.

Accessible Arabic Level 2 Courses

Do you feel stagnant in your Arabic language development and struggle finding a program that will truly allow your Arabic language learning to grow? Do you need structured courses and accountability to guide your Arabic language growth and development? Have you ever wondered what Roman numerals in the Hans-Wehr Dictionary signify? Are you looking for a program that will not just teach you “about” the Arabic language but give you a chance to actually use it? The Accessible Arabic Level 2 courses strengthen your Level 1 course foundation while providing more opportunities to practice what you have learned. Level 2 courses take a deep dive into those elements that affect and impact Arabic sentence structure and Arabic verbs and morphology. Heavy emphasis is placed on language use and applying sound linguistic principles when translating from Arabic to English. By the end of our Level 2 course, students will be able to comprehend increasingly longer and more complex Arabic text with greater confidence and accuracy, better interpret and translate words originating from trilateral roots, and display greater competence communicating in Arabic in a classroom setting with the instructor and colleagues. Listening skills are developed via excerpts taken from authentic language interactions.

Accessible Arabic Level 1B Course

Tired of getting excited to learn Arabic only to feel overwhelmed with concepts and terminology 3 weeks later? Have you invested in a Hans-Wehr Dictionary but still have not figured out how to use it? Are you looking for an Arabic program that will help you better comprehend Islamic texts, especially the Quran and the hadith? The Accessible Arabic Level 1B course gives students a solid foundation in Arabic literacy skills through the use of original materials that develop students’ knowledge of basic Arabic sentence structure, establish a fundamental knowledge of Arabic morphology, and help them to maximize their benefit from the Hans Wehr Dictionary. Students also develop a bank of common Arabic words that will assist in reading comprehension and allow opportunities for oral communication between students, their peers, and their instructor. By the end of this course, students will be able to comprehend two-word and three-word Arabic sentences, convert Arabic verbs to certain morphological structures and translate their meanings accordingly, recall over 40 Arabic words from memory, use the Hans-Wehr Dictionary more comfortably, and communicate with peers and their instructor with increased confidence.

Accessible Arabic Level 3 Courses

Are you into Arabic language terminology? Do you want to become more familiar with the jargon of Arabic as covered in texts like al Ajerumiyyah? Is your ultimate Arabic language learning goal to seek knowledge, even if part time? The Accessible Arabic Level 3 courses teach you about the Arabic language itself, familiarizing you with the technical terminology and concepts that allow you to talk about the language and not simply with the language. Using Nahu Wadih as a foundation, students learn the Arabic terms for many of the concepts they have learned throughout the Accessible Arabic courses while continuing their practice of comprehension skills with their peers. This course is for only the most serious Arabic learners. By the end of these courses, students should be able to accurately recognize and identify Arabic sentence parts, dissect the individual parts of Arabic sentences (i.e., ِإ ْعراب), comprehend stories, paragraphs, and essays in a completely Arabic medium, and comprehend scholarly discussions on selected, familiar religious concepts.