Intermediate/Advanced Arabic | Newberry

Intermediate/Advanced Arabic

Led by Laurel Harig. Ten sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Saturdays, September 28 - December 7 (class will not meet on November 30)

1 - 3 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 is designed to deepen and advance students’ comprehension and composition abilities in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). By the end of the course, each student will be able to read and write full pages in grammatically correct MSA describing themselves and their hobbies, work, and studies. They will be able to express more complex actions in the past, present, and future using the imperative and different forms of the verb. Lessons will also include reading current news articles and short literary works.

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 Gaafar, Mastering Arabic Vol. 2, Hippocrene Books, 2010. ISBN: 978-0781813501
  • Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, Mastering Arabic 2, Activity Book. Hippocrene Books; Act Csm Re edition (April 1, 2016). ISBN: 978-0781813501
  • Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, 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.