Cost and Registration Information
Early Registration Price (January 8 at 9 am** – January 25 at 4 pm): $300
Regular Registration Price (January 25 at 4 pm – first day of class): $330
** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.
Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.
Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.
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 long) 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 - $300, L - $330
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.
- Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gafaar, Mastering Arabic Vol. 1, Second edition, Hippocrene Books, 2015. ISBN: 978-0781813389
- Hans Wehr, Arabic-English Dictionary, 4th Edition, Spoken Language Services, 1993. ISBN: 978-0879500030
- Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gafaar, Easy Arabic Reader, First edition, McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0071754026
- 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.