Language Courses


The Arabic program at the Language Acquisition Resource Center offers intensive Modern Standard Arabic courses (MSA). Native experts in the Arabic language and the culture, who have been trained by LARC, teach the courses.


The summer intensive MSA courses are designed to equip students with relevant knowledge that can be used in their daily lives. Our focus is primarily the communicative and functional uses of the Arabic language. Each class has a master teacher and an apprentice, a team that enables classes to be conducted with a smaller teacher-student ratio.
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The ROTC Language & Culture Project at SDSU focuses on Iraqi Dialect, one of several languages currently being taught on campus for this project. The program offers cadets intensive summer training in the language and the culture, refresher courses for the fall and limited study abroad opportunities. Cadets earn 8-10 college credit hours for the intensive 6-week classes.
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In order to help our summer-intensive critical language students remain in contact with the Arabic between summers of study, LARC developed 2-unit, online, conversationally focused, sustainment courses. Now, through LARC’s virtual classroom and MOODLE, those same classes are available at the Elementary (post 101/102), or Intermediate (post 201/202) levels in a completely online format. Although certain class meetings are synchronous and at fixed times, the course format is extremely flexible and task/performance based.


Dates: July 20 - August 14, 2015
The STARTALK Arabic 2015 camp is July 20th through August 14th, 2015 and will be held Monday - Friday from 9:00AM to 3:30PM at the Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) at San Diego State University (SDSU). This program is available to 10 heritage students in grades 9-12. We offer a unique experience to participants in this language and cultural immersion program which is open to all interested students. Students will be divided into two levels, beginner and intermediate. Students will be actively involved in conversational activities focusing on skills such as speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural competence. After completion of the program students will earn four units of college credit. There are no fees for participation, although students' families must arrange for transportation to and from SDSU.

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Book 1
By Dr Hanada Taha-Thomure, Lina Hariri, Shereen Hijazi, Ghassan Zakaria, Younis El Cheddadi and Lina Kholaki
ALTD1This textbook is for total beginners in Arabic (high school and college level) who are interested in learning Arabic in a communicative, task-based way. The textbook quickly Arahelps the students to acquire knowledge of the Arabic letters and sounds and moves into using words and phrases that can be useful to them in everyday life situations from greetings, to introducing themselves, to explaining cultural nuances, to talking about their backgrounds and families. The textbook integrates all four language strands: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Many ideas and exercises are suggested for the teachers’ use. The textbook is in full color. Sample Chapter

Book 2
By Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure and Younis ElCheddadi
ALTD1This book represents an attempt to build the Arabic learner’s communicative skills sequentially, in terms of vocabulary, grammar, and functional skills. It introduces the student to basic topics that are easily accessible and frequently used in everyday conversation, providing in each lesson a dialogue; speaking, reading, and writing exercises; cultural information; and selections from Arabic magazines and websites. The book focuses on developing spoken MSA skills as a way to enable the beginning student to communicate with speakers across a variety of dialects. Sample Chapter

Book 3
By Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure and Younis ElCheddadi
ALTD1This textbook is for those students who have taken about 4 semesters of Arabic or who are at the Intermediate Mid level (ACTFL). Learning at this level remains communicative and rich in dialogues and exercises that are all related to the dialogue learned. Dialects are introduced again through songs from various parts of the Arab world. In addition, authentic stories from the Arab old tradition are introduced and learned. The textbook integrates all four language strands: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Many ideas and exercises are suggested for the teachers’ use. The textbook is in full color. Sample Chapter

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By Dr. Shak Hanishi and Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure
The second edition of the Iraqi Dialect through Dialogue IraqiBook1 with MP3 book prepared by Shak Hanish and supervised by Dr. Hanada Taha was published by Montezuma Publishing that is affiliated with San Diego state University.

The book contains an introduction to Iraqi Arabic and with suggestions on using it for the instructors. The book contains 55 dialogues on various political, social, and historical subjects. Each dialogues starts with English introduction, dialogue, vocabulary, and discussion questions.
ISBN: 978-0-7442-3700-9

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Kharbashat 1 & 2 (with English translation)

By Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure
KharbashatThese are excerpts from the book"Kharbashat Imr'aa Arabiyyah" or "The scribbles of an Arab Woman". These poems are ideas, reflections and impressions of love, foreignness and life's detours written by Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure. This version of the book only contains Arabic text. A bilingual version that will have English translation for each poem will soon be available.

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Online Materials

Iraqi Arabic Online Language Lesson

Arabic Alphabet in Detail

Practice identifying, speaking, and writing the Arabic alphabet.
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Arabic Language Through Dialogue

Get a glance at our new Arabic ebook.
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Passage Ratings – Level 1 (Download)
Passage Ratings – Level 2 (Download)
Passage Ratings – Level 3 (Download)

OTV interview with Dr. Hanada Taha-Thomure

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