Beginning Arabic (MSA) (Virtual)

Saturday, July 9, 2022-Saturday, August 13, 2022

10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Six Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Seminar Description
Arabic is the native language of over 350 million people worldwide. It is also the religious language of nearly two billion Muslims. This course is designed for complete beginners or heritage speakers who want to learn the basics of reading and writing in grammatically correct Modern Standard Arabic. We will begin with the alphabet and the short vowel system of Arabic. After this course, each student will be able to read and write short paragraphs describing themselves, their family, the weather, food, places, and simple actions in the past, present and future. Lessons will also include cultural information and guidance for continuing student's study of Arabic.

Six sessions. $ 210/$189.

Led by Laurel Harig-Khan.


Laurel Harig-Khan teaches courses on the arts, culture, and history of the Arab world. She received an MA in Islamic studies from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and a BA in Arabic from Bard College. She has been teaching at the Newberry since 2018.

Registration Fees

Registration is $210

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and Associate members (at the Author level and above) of the Newberry.

Contact Us
The Adult Education Seminars Program team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. To reach the seminars program, email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.