Modern Standard Arabic

Modern Standard Arabic

The Arabic program at Yale University is a solid and rigorous program for academic and professional purposes. The aim is to equip students with a high level of language proficiency according to the guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). It offers courses in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) at three levels; each level covers two semesters.

The two semesters of first year are known in the study of languages as L-1 & L-2; the two semesters of the second year are referred to as L-3 & L-4. The third year is L-5. Beyond this point, students may take additional courses beyond Advanced Arabic such as Arabic Narrative Prose or North African Literature, Arabic Grammar, Advanced Classical Arabic in addition to seminars in Arabic.

Students of Arabic may choose between Levantine or Egyptian dialects along with their study of MSA. For those who are interested in continuing their spoken Arabic, there are specialized courses in these dialects - and other dialects - upon a successful completion of L-4. Although we recommend taking at least one dialect of Arabic after L-4, it is not required. The faculty offer flexibility in the offerings over time and plan on introducing new courses as student needs warrant and as authorized by the Department and University committees.

To satisfy the language requirement of Yale college, students who are placed into Arabic language study at Yale at L-1 level must complete courses in the language through L-3, but are highly encouraged to continue at least until the completion of L-4. Those who have already studied the language will take a placement test and can use Arabic to fulfill their language requirement as described in the Academic Regulations. Additional courses will develop the skills needed for the study of Classical Arabic, or of the modern Arabic-speaking world.