Arabic Learning Open-Source Courses


The Arabic online learning materials presented in the websites below constitute open-source resources for Arabic learners at the University of Arizona and beyond. The materials include the following courses and course excerpts.

Courses and Course Excerpts

- Arabic Without Walls: this award-winning, first fully online Arabic course, was developed between 2003-2007 by S. Shiri as part of a collaboration led by the University of California UCLLT at UC Davis and Brigham Young University, through a FIPSE grant. The course was first taught in 2007.

- Excerpts from Dialect Courses: The core of the online proficiency-based, technology-enhanced dialect content was first developed in 2009-2010 by S. Shiri and J. Vivrette. The contents were designed to serve students learning five regional Arabic dialects, hence the similarity in their parallel ACTFL-guided content. The Levantine, Egyptian and Moroccan themes and functions addressed were later expanded in 2014 to include more Intermediate-level content with help from C. Joukhadar, M. Ansary, and A. M’barki, respectively.  The excerpts provided below are for Levantine and Egyptian Dialect. Information on the latest on the Moroccan Arabic materials is under the Moroccan Arabic Darija Courses section below.

The initial content was designed and disseminated using the digital flashcard system, BYKI, adding sound, text and image to facilitate memorization and oral accuracy. The content was then moved to Quizlet in 2017 thanks to the efforts of a number of instructors and graduate student assistants. Proficiency-based tasks and classroom activities along with authentic materials are used to activate the content in class (not available here).

Contributions to the Quizlet recordings were made by: H. Adeghoui, R. Alhomsi, M. Alghzawi, M. Alkhudair, M. Ansary, A. Choura, A. Ismail, C. Joukhadar, A. M’barki, and S. Sabry.

- Moroccan Arabic Darija Courses: The three open-source technology-based courses were co-authored by S. Shiri and A. M’barki. Instructional technology for the project was provided by N. Fincham and D. Melik Tangiyev. The courses were designed as the result of a collaboration with the University of Hawaii, Manoa and were funded with a grant from the Language Flagship Program (PI, J. Rodriguez) to the Hawaii Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center. The courses built on the Moroccan Arabic content first developed in 2010 by Shiri and Vivrette and expanded to incorporate authentic materials from beginning to lower advanced levels. Various technology-based tools such as H5P are used for the courses. The courses include the following:

Level I - Moroccan Arabic and Culture Familiarization: A Multimedia Interactive eTextbook. (2020).

Level II - Moroccan Arabic and Culture: A Multimedia Interactive eTextbook (2020).

Level III - Moroccan Arabic and Culture: A Multimedia Interactive eTextbook (forthcoming 2021).

Arabic Without Walls

Egyptian Arabic

Levantine Arabic

Moroccan Arabic