Spreading the knowledge of Arabic Language in countries where Arabic is not spoken, especially Islamic countries, because it is the language of Islam and a tool to understand Islam correctly – free from extremism. The language also projects the right image of our countries, unambiguous and honest. It is also used to establish good relations between the Kingdom and the non-Arabic-speaking countries where the students learning Arabic come from.
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
Praise is for the Lord of Mankind and peace be upon his prophet, sent as a mercy for mankind. The Arabic Language Unit came into being after many studies, to activate its scientific message and executing the care of the university president, and his vision that has come out of the message of the Kingdom in general, which is based on preserving Arabic and spreading the message of Islam. In view of the cultural and humanitarian importance of Arabic, many learners show their interest in and love of it. The NBU is interested in establishing such a unit to meet the ambition of producing a group of scholars on an international level to carry this mission to their countries.
The choice of curriculum of the Arabic Language Unit is in accordance with the experience of the publisher in this field, along with the spread of the book in all of its levels, and depending on it to teach Arabic to non–Arabic speakers in many of the universities inside the Kingdom, and because the curriculum covers the need for providing the students with Arabic language skills, such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a short period and a simple methodology to reach the purposeful goal.
We should be grateful and thankful to the President of the NBU, Dr. Said Bin Umar Al Umar, for his continuous encouragement and his care in establishing this unit to be a window to the outside world to contribute to spread Arabic and teaching it to Non–Arabic speakers.
The curriculum has taken into consideration the cultural level of the learners. Thus it has been decided that learners must be undergo a placement test to place the learner in the right level before teaching him, and to state the period of time needed for the learning in the unit. If a student has passed level one, he will study the three remaining levels, and so forth.
As for the teaching plan according to the general guidelines, the NBU vision can be summed up as follows:
· Firstly, teaching foreign students standard Arabic to continue their studies in the university departments.
· Secondly, teaching Arabic through the Direct Method used in teaching so that standard Arabic is to be used, excluding slang or colloquial Arabic so that the general atmosphere will be in pure Arabic.
· Thirdly, teaching Arabic by depending on the syllabus called "Arabic is at Hand " which can achieve the linguistic, cultural, and communicative competence.
Dr/ Jehad Al-Marazik
Head of the Arabic Language Unit for Non-Arabic Speakers
Unit of Arabic to non-native speakers
The study program in the Unit consists of:
• Introductory course, held at the need for beginners who have never studied anything about the Arabic language. The course lasts for one-semester, through fifteen (15) hours per week.
• Intensive program, consisting of four levels, each level for one semester, students study fifteen (15) hours per week.
Overall objectives of the intensive program
The program aims to:
• Giving students the ability to understand what he hears from the public lectures and discussions, and news bulletins, and so on.
• Giving student access to the advanced level of the free oral and written expression in different positions and topics.
• Enabling students from the advanced
reading skills in different areas.
• The student knows aspects of the Arab-Islamic culture.
• Preparing students for joining one of the faculties of the university; to be able to pursue university studies in Arabic.
Placement Test and the transition from one level to another:
Students are tested to determine their level, and their levels are determined based on the degree to which they get, as follows:
1. A student who gets 0-24
degrees studies the first level.
2. A student who gets a 25-49 degree studies the second level.
3. A student who gets a 50-74 degree studies tertiary level.
4. A student who gets 75-84 degrees studies the fourth level.
5. A student who gets 85-100 shall be exempt from the study of the Arabic language to non-native speakers, and recorded in the preparatory year, such as the Arab students.
The student moves from one level to another after receiving a percentage of 60% or
more of the total degrees in that level.
Graduates from the fourth level are granted sufficiency certificate in Arabic language.
The student at this level studies subjects about public life which are very important for all beginners who are learning Arabic. Therefore, they study :