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Arabic (Modern Standard)

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Arabic is spoken by about 400 million people, is an official language in over 20 countries, and is one of the five most widely spoken languages in the world. Speakers of Arabic are in high demand. Knowledge of the language can help you in a government career, but it will also be of benefit in business and in industries such as engineering, medical, and in the non-profit and international relations sectors. Speaking Arabic can help you build relationships with business people in wealthy Middle Eastern countries like Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.

Arabic modules for 2023/24 are offered at Beginner, Elementary or Intermediate levels.

They can be taken for credit or not-for-credit. Modules with 44 taught classroom hours are worth 15 credits, those with 88 taught classroom hours are worth 30 credits. Check your level or take a diagnostic test.

Registration for year-long modules is now closed, but a small range of modules is offered for Semester 2 (January - April 2024) - please see below. These are intensive modules (two sessions @ 2 hours a week), which can be taken for credit or not for credit. You can register here. The full range of modules will be offered again from September 2024.

All language modules are taught in-person, on the Mile End campus. The modules for semester 2 of 2023-24 are listed below. 

To help with your application, you can use this form to find the right module code. You will then need to follow the instructions on the form to submit your application.

  Arabic Language and Culture 1a (two weekly sessions, semester 2 only)

  • Module Code: LAN4053 (credit) / LAN4056B (non-credit)
  • Level: Beginner
  • Schedule: 11 weeks (22nd January – 12th April 2024)
  • Hours: 44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study
  • Class times: Mon 1-3 pm (ArtsTwo 3.20) AND Tue 6-8 pm (Bancroft 1.02.6)

 Arabic Language and Culture 1b (two weekly sessions, semester 2 only)

  • Module Code: LAN4052 (credit) / LAN4057 (non-credit)
  • Level: Elementary
  • Schedule: 11 weeks (22nd January – 12th April 2024)
  • Hours: 44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study
  • Class times: Mon 11-1 pm (Graduate Centre 202) AND Wed 11-1 pm (Language Lab 1)

 Arabic Language and Culture 2b (two weekly sessions, semester 2 only)

  • Module Code: LAN5052 (credit) / LAN5057 (non-credit)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Schedule: 11 weeks (22nd January – 12th April 2024)
  • Hours: 44 classroom hours plus 106 hours independent study
  • Class times: Semester 1: Tue 10-12 pm (ArtsOne 1.31) AND Wed 2-4 pm (Bancroft Language Lab 1)

Please note that in some cases there may be changes to days/times or venue prior to the start of teaching. Any changes will be updated on this website.

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