Study Arabic in New York

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LAU’s renowned SINARC began offering its first courses at NYAC in January 2014. Since then, a wide variety of Arabic language classes have been taught at every level – elementary, intermediate, advanced, and the Levantine dialect. We also offer private courses for individuals or small groups with specific needs and goals, all at very affordable rates.

Classes are taught by instructors who are native speakers with many years of teaching experience, specialized in reading, writing, and verbal communication. Classes are held in the evenings and on weekends, providing students and working professionals with convenient times and options to fit their schedules. Courses taken for academic credit are transferrable to the student’s home institution. Our center has accommodated students from Columbia University, New York University, and CUNY, among other institutions.

We also offer:

  • Modern Standard Arabic
  • Online Arabic courses
  • Evening classes
  • Credit and non-credit Arabic courses
  • Extracurricular activities


Course Total Credits Earned
Elementary Arabic – Part A 3 credits
Elementary Arabic – Part B 3 credits
Intermediate Arabic – Part A 3 credits
Intermediate Arabic – Part B 3 credits
Advanced Arabic – Part A 3 credits
Advanced Arabic – Part B 3 credits
Levantine Dialect I or II 2 credits
Media Arabic 2 credits

Placement exams will be administered at the beginning of the program to determine each student’s appropriate course level.

Formal instruction in language is enriched by immersion in an authentic cultural context. Cultural activities include lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture, as well as documentaries on certain historical sites and events in Lebanon.

Courses descriptions

SIN 101 Elementary Arabic (3cr.) – Part A

This elementary course is designed for students who have no knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. It also offers a unique opportunity for descendants of Arabic- speakers to revive their lost language and cultural ties with their ancestors’ land. The course is open to the general public, students of Middle Eastern studies, business people, embassy officials and children of foreign nationals stationed in the Middle East. In this course, Arabic language instruction aims for basic proficiency in the four language skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The alphabet, phonetics and basic greetings are introduced in the first week, after which students begin reading, speaking and listening to authentic material. By the end of the course, students are able to handle many daily life situations, such as identifying the self and others, naming familiar objects and people, telling time, asking for directions, describing places of residence and national origins, ordering food and drink, etc. Classes cover lessons on vocabulary and useful daily-life expressions, as well as Alif-Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, and the first two chapters of the textbook Al-Kitab, Part One.

SIN 111 Upper Elementary Arabic (3cr.) - Part A & B

Upper Elementary Arabic was added to the SINARC program in 1998 and is designed to meet the needs of students between the novice and low intermediate levels. Students in this course will have completed approximately one semester of Arabic (or the equivalent) and  acquired a rudimentary ability to read and write using Arabic script. They would have a limited working vocabulary, a basic understanding of sentence structure and other basic grammatical concepts, such as adjective agreement and some verb conjunction. The course aims at bringing students up to intermediate-level competency in reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course covers lessons 6 through 13 in Al-Kitab, Part One, as well as a wide variety of supplementary material that introduces vocabulary and expressions useful for daily life situations.

SIN 201 Intermediate Arabic I (3 cr.) – Part A & B
SIN 202 Intermediate Arabic II (3 cr.) – Part A & B

Students placed in the intermediate level should have taken at least one year of Arabic in college (or the equivalent), and have acquired a basic knowledge of the structure of Modern Standard Arabic Language. This course aims at enabling students to read, write, speak, and listen at a competency level equivalent to intermediate-mid on the ACTFL scale. Classroom instruction focuses on basic Arabic morphology, syntax and vocabulary building, as well as on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Students are asked to comment on most daily-life situations, write descriptions and argumentation and read a variety of styles.

SIN 301 Advanced Arabic (3 cr.) - Part A
SIN 302 Advanced Arabic II (3 cr.) - Part A

Students placed in the advanced level should have completed the equivalent of two or more years of Arabic in college. They will have acquired a broad vocabulary and  mastered basic Arabic syntax and morphology. Class sessions aim to help students attain proficiency in expository and argumentative discourse and handle a variety of communicative tasks. Reading, writing and listening activities combine lessons from the textbook Al-Kitab, Part Two, with readings of various styles dealing with language, literature, culture, history, and the social sciences.

SIN 105 Lebanese Dialect I (2 cr.)

Students placed in this level have no previous knowledge of the dialect. The aim of this course is to provide students of Modern Standard Arabic with an opportunity to learn the basics of the Lebanese dialect. Students in this level will learn to communicate with native speakers in various daily situations.

SIN 106 Lebanese Dialect, Level II (2cr.)

This course is designed for students who have had some exposure to the Lebanese dialect. The classes will enable students to practice their speaking skills and improve their pronunciation and fluency. Students will converse on topics using description, narration and argumentation.


Tuition/ per credit/ fully accredited $450
Tuition/ per non-credit course  $600

Refund Clause: Please note that there will be no refunds on program fees after the start of the session, unless the university cancels the program for unforeseen reasons.


Rasha Arabi teaches Arabic at various academic institutions including LAU, the City University of New York (CUNY), New York University, as well as in the United Nations language program. She teaches both Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialect. As a Fulbright scholar, Rasha completed her MA in Middle East Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She also works as a freelance translator for multiple organizations and participates in poetry readings at art venues around New York. 

Firas Sulaiman has 14 years of experience teaching Arabic at various New York City academic institutions. Originally from Syria, he teaches both Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialect. He finds comfort in helping students achieve their goals when studying a foreign language. Firas is an accomplished poet who has published six collections of Arabic poetry and a collection of short stories. His work has been translated into English, Swedish, French, Romanian, Spanish, and Croatian.