Spoken Arabic dates back to the earliest known human languages spoken on the Asian Peninsula. Today Arabic is spoken in various dialects by approximately 250 million people throughout the Middle East and North Africa to include the countries of: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel-Palestine, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, The United Arab Emirate, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Written Arabic dates back to before the 7th century when the Qur'an, the Muslim Holy Scripture, was written.
At Baylor University we teach the spoken Syrian or Levantine dialect of Arabic which is the dialect spoken to a greater extent in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and among the Palestinian Arab inhabitants of Israel, the West Bank of the Jordan River, and in the Gaza Strip.
In conjunction with the Syrian dialect, students will first learn to read and write the Arabic Sound and Script System. This will include how to read and write the 28-letters of the Arabic alphabet in all 4 positions (independent, initial, medial, and final), how to connect the Arabic script, the 3 short vowels, and 7 diacritical markings associated with the Arabic script.