An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic and its script: Using a communicatively oriented, proficiency based approach students will develop basic communicative skills in the language through a combination of interactive classroom activities, take-home assignments and group work. Emphasis will be on the development of all language skills, including writing, reading comprehension and audio oral skills. In addition to the acquisition of a core vocabulary, the student will be prepared to manipulate basic grammatical structures of Arabic for purposes of basic communication in a variety of situations. Students will also be introduced to aspects of Arab culture to build cultural awareness and communicative competence.