The University of West Florida offers a Certificate in Arabic Language and Culture. This certificate is designed for beginning students who are interested in developing language and culture skills though listening, speaking, reading and writing. This program also emphasizes cultural understanding of the Arab world. This certificate is delivered completely online and consists of three courses in Arabic Language and Culture – each course is worth four semester hours.
The first course starts at the introductory level; there is no prerequisite knowledge of Arabic Language or Culture required – and offers a mix of culture with basic language component development through drill and practice and interaction with the instructor using web collaboration software. The second and third courses are also tied to culture, but include the use of CDs and other Arabic language software to assist students in sentence structure and conversational Arabic development. Each course is one full semester in length – completing the certificate will take a minimum of three consecutive semesters.
The Arabic Language and Culture program provides the opportunity to gain an excellent grasp of the Arabic Language and Culture. The program is designed so participants have the opportunity to learn to read and write the Arabic alphabet, to speak words and phrases, and to enter into conversations. While this program is not designed to reach the fluency level of the Arabic language, students may develop the language skills necessary to communicate with Arab speaking people throughout the world.
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