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  1. Students who are interested in the Arabic language courses should be aware that the completion of at least three courses in a subject is recommended for a minimum working knowledge of the language.
  2. Students who have previous experience with or who have studied the Arabic language at the elementary or secondary school level should not enrol in first-year level courses of the same language. Such students should consult the Renison Registrar's Office regarding the appropriate level to enter.
  3. Students are not permitted to enrol in more than one Arabic language course at the same time.
  4. Students seeking entry into Arabic courses who have not previously taken a course in Arabic at Renison must complete an assessment form. Renison reserves the right to allocate students to the appropriate class based on this assessment.
  5. Renison University College reserves the right to refuse admission to, and/or credit for, any of its language courses to a student who has, in Renison's view, a level of competence unsuited to the course(s).


Course ID: 013338
Introduction to Arabic 1
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Arabic. It focuses on recognizing the Arabic alphabet and cursive writing. Students will build up basic vocabulary and construct simple sentences. Students will exchange basic conversations in Modern Standard Arabic and be exposed to Egyptian and Levantine colloquial Arabic.
[Note: Not open to students with native, near-native, or similar advanced ability. Completion of student assessment required. Formerly SI 101R.]
Antireq: ARABIC 120R, SI 101R, SI 120R, AB 101W

Course ID: 013339
Introduction to Arabic 2
Language structures and verb conjugations will be covered at a beginner level. Students will exchange conversations in varied contexts and build compound sentences and short paragraphs on topics of interest.
[Note: Not open to students with native, near-native, or similar advanced ability. Completion of student assessment required. Formerly SI 102R.]
Prereq: ARABIC 101R or SI 101R.
Antireq: ARABIC 120R, SI 102R, SI 120R, AB 102W

Course ID: 015276
Literary Arabic for Heritage Speakers
Designed for heritage speakers who have had some meaningful exposure to Arabic (usually a spoken dialect), this language course focuses on improving technical literacy in Modern Standard Arabic (Fusha) by concentrating on grammar and literary skills. Upon finishing, students will be prepared to join non-heritage students in either intermediate or advanced Arabic.
[Note: Basic knowledge of Arab culture and geography recommended. For students who have been exposed to Arabic at home or lived in an Arabic speaking country but do not possess linguistic competence and literacy of native speakers. Completion of student assessment required. Formerly SI 120R.]
Antireq: ARABIC 101R, ARABIC 102R, ARABIC 201R, SI 101R, SI 102R, SI 120R, SI 201R



Course ID: 014001
Intermediate Arabic 1
This is an intermediate course focusing on reading comprehension of authentic Arabic materials. Students are introduced to verb patterns and subject-verb agreement rules and write longer paragraphs and short essays.
[Note: Not open to students with native, near native, or similar advanced ability. Formerly SI 201R.]
Prereq: ARABIC 102R or SI 102R.
Antireq: ARABIC 120R, SI 120R, SI 201R

Course ID: 014002
Intermediate Arabic 2
This is an intermediate course where students construct complex sentences and write essays. They read, analyze, and translate authentic texts. Students participate in conversations on topics of interest and learn complex grammar patterns, lexical derivations, and dictionary use.
[Note: Formerly SI 202R.]
Prereq: One of ARABIC 120R, ARABIC 201R, SI 120R, SI 201R.
Antireq: SI 202R



Course ID: 014003
Advanced Arabic 1
This is an advanced course focusing on honing reading comprehension skills. Students write longer essays using advanced grammatical structures, and they participate in longer conversations.
[Note: Not open to students with native, near native, or similar advanced ability. Formerly SI 301R.]
Prereq: ARABIC 202R or SI 202R.
Antireq: SI 301R

Course ID: 014004
Advanced Arabic 2
This is an advanced course that provides additional practice of the four integrated language skills. Students examine and analyze texts more deeply and confidently, responding to the texts in oral presentations and class discussions.
[Note: Not open to students with native, near native, or similar advanced ability. Formerly SI 302R.]
Prereq: ARABIC 301R or SI 301R.
Antireq: SI 302R



ARABIC 410R LEC 0.50
Course ID: 016086
English-Arabic Translation
This course explores the main concepts and techniques in modern applied translation theory. Students will acquire essential tools to analyze and understand the semantic, syntactic, and stylistic structure of various texts. Students will learn how to apply their theoretical knowledge in translating Arabic-English/English-Arabic documents from a wide range of fields.
[Note: Arabic native or near-native proficiency students may enrol; placement test is required.]
Prereq: ARABIC 302R