Arabic at Carleton

أهلاً ومرحباً بكم في موقع برنامج تعليم اللغة العربية في كلية كارلطن

Arabic is the mother tongue of more than 200 million speakers in the Middle East and North Africa, and the liturgical language for over a billion Muslims throughout the world. It is the language of the Qurʾan and Islamic religious works, as well as the bearer of a vibrant and expansive tradition of learning, literature, poetry, and music that extends over 1400 years.

Knowledge of Arabic, today more than ever, opens before the student many opportunities for work, research, and advanced studies in various fields: from history, political science, literature, religion and linguistics, through international relations and diplomacy, to international work in development, to work in the public and private sectors.

The Arabic program at Carleton offers a language sequence, as well as courses on Arabic literature, culture and music. In addition to the listed courses, the Arabic program also hosts weekly “Arabic table” lunch meetings, Arab culture and food at "Layali Carleton" (Carleton Nights), and film screenings of classic and recent Arab cinema, providing students with opportunities to practice their speaking skills, and learn about and discuss various aspects of the life and cultures of the Middle East.

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Arabic speakers use one language for reading/writing and all formal communication, and another for their everyday speech. The first, “Modern Standard Arabic” (in Arabic fuṣḥa), is shared by Arabic speakers throughout the Arab world. It is the language of literature, much of the media, and of formal address. The second, “colloquial” or “spoken” Arabic (ʿāmiyya) differs from region to region, and consists of many very different dialects.

The Arabic sequence at Carleton concentrates on the study of Modern Standard Arabic, but we also offer a course in spoken Levantine Arabic (the language of Syria/Palestine/Lebanon/Jordan) designed for our Intermediate learners. We currently offer a 6 course sequence in Modern Standard Arabic, after which many of our students enroll in one of the many Arabic programs across the Arab World. We also offer advanced courses, taught in Arabic, covering topics in Arab media, literature, and culture.