This course is designed to introduce students to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) as well as some aspects of the Middle Eastern culture. In this course, students will be introduced to the basics of the Arabic language (i.e. Arabic Alphabet, pronunciation, essential vocabulary, and basic skills including reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Students at this level will begin to develop basic grammar skills and produce simple sentences towards the final unit. Students are expected to reach a proficiency level of Novice Mid and Novice High (ACTFL standards) by the time they finish this course.