Beginning Arabic II | Newberry

Beginning Arabic II

Led by Laurel Harig. Ten sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Tuesdays, June 11 - August 13 

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar has been cancelled.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $315
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $346.5

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar has been cancelled.

Seminar Description

This course will introduce students to the rich world of the Arabic language. At the end of the course, each student will be able to read and write short paragraphs (5-6 sentences) in grammatically correct Modern Standard Arabic describing themselves, their family, the weather, food, places, and simple actions in the past, present, and future. Lessons will also cover cultural information and include units on music, art, and travel. This course is for beginners or heritage speakers who want to learn the basics of reading and writing in Arabic. It is the second in a four part series and learners with some knowledge of Arabic should email seminars program to find their appropriate level.

Ten sessions. E – $315, L – $346.5

Laurel Harig teaches classes on the art, history, and culture of the Arab world at several Chicago-area institutions. She received an MA from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a BA from Bard College in cross-cultural communications.

Materials List


  • Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gafaar, Mastering Arabic Vol. 1. Hippocrene Books, 2015. ISBN: 978-0781813389
  • Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gafaar, Mastering Arabic Vol. 1, Activity Book. Hippocrene Books, 2015. ISBN: 978-0781813396
  • Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, Easy Arabic Reader. McGraw Hill, 2011. ISBN: 978-0071754026

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.