Beginning Arabic | Newberry

Beginning Arabic

Led by Laurel Harig. Ten sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Thursdays, September 26 - December 5 (class will not meet on November 28)

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $315
Regular Registration Price (September 13 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.

Register online

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 include cultural information and 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.

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 holds an MA from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and a BA in cross-cultural communications from Bard College.

Materials List


  • Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gafaar, Mastering Arabic Vol. 1, Second edition, Hippocrene Books, 2015. ISBN: 978-0781813389
  • Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gafaar, Mastering Arabic 1, Activity Book, Second Edition. Hippocrene Books, 2015. ISBN: 978-0781813396
  • Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gafaar, Easy Arabic Reader, First edition, McGraw-Hill. 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.