DLI - Arabic Language Course - Intermediate Course

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Defense Language Institute Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic) - Image This book is a sequel to Elementary Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and assumes thorough mastery of the grammatical and lexical content of it on on oral as well as written level: i.e. by the time the student reaches this level, he should have active control of some 800 words and should be able to handle easily the basic grammatical structures of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).

Though similar in outlook and basic premises to mass, Modern Standard Arabic, Intermediate level, (IMSA) views "intermediate", contrary to t; widespread use of the tern as a second semester or a second year course conducted along the same lines as an elementary course, as a quite distinct level from "elementary", differing from it in objectives and methods. Thus at the elementary level there is (1) careful and explicit guidance of the student and control or his performance so as to ensure that he is getting a maximum chance of acquiring good language habits. and, (2) strict control of the materials, which is achieved by exclusively using a limited vocabulary,basic grammatical structures, and certain types of drills and other
classroom activities. The intermediate level, on the other hand, is characterized by a gradual relaxation of these controls and a carefully graded and paced 'transition from complete control to the stage where the student is ours or less on his on and is able to use the language functionally. The student is gradually made to acquire skills that enable him to handle larger and note couple: materials both written and oral, and to increase his stored vocabulary under the continued guidance but increasingly less restraining hand of the teacher. Viewed in this light the intermediate level of instruction necessarily has to have procedures, content, methodology. and materials of its own

Modern Standard Arabic has developed out of Classical Arabic, the language of the Quran. During the era of the caliphate,Classical Arabic was the language used for all religious, cultural, administrative and scholarly purposes.

Modern Standard Arabic is the official Arabic language. It can be written and spoken, and there is no difference between the written and the spoken form.

In its written form, Modern Standard Arabic is the language of literature and the media. Books, newspapers, magazines, official documents, private and business correspondence, street signs and shop signs - all are written in Modern Standard Arabic.

Arabic is a name applied to the descendants of the Classical Arabic language of the 6th century AD. This includes both the literary language and varieties of Arabic spoken in a wide arc of territory stretching across the Middle East and North Africa. Some of the spoken varieties are mutually unintelligible, both written and orally, and the varieties as a whole constitute a sociolinguistic language. This means that on purely linguistic grounds they would likely be considered to constitute more than one language, but are commonly grouped together as a single language for political and/or ethnic reasons (see below). If considered multiple languages, it is unclear how many languages there would be, as the spoken varieties form a dialect chain with no clear boundaries. If Arabic is considered a single language, it perhaps is spoken by as many as 280 million first language speakers, making it one of the half dozen most populous languages in the world. If considered separate languages, the most-spoken variety would most likely be Egyptian Arabic, with 54 million native speakers still greater than any other Semitic language.

Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic) is spoken in: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Palestine

Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic) has no known alternate names.

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