Arabic I lays the foundation for students to use Arabic effectively as a means of practical communication. There is a strong emphasis on Arabic as a foreign language of choice in diplomacy, finance, travel, politics and law. Students will have good understanding of the geographic location of Arabic speaking countries throughout the middle east and an overview of their culture and history. The study of Arabic will encourage the students to develop respect to other culture and will provide skills needed to facilitate studies of more language. Students will develop the four basic language skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing in units with themes on aspects of life in Arabic speaking countries.