Description .Introduces students to the basic format of the Egyptian newspaper and acquaints them with the vocabulary and syntax of the Arabic press through the reading of simple news items.. Hours Each course meets three or five hours per week When Offered Offered in fall and spring Notes Prerequisites are not listed for every course. However, entry into all intermediate and advanced presupposes that the student is of intermediate or advanced standing. The instructor’s permission may also be required. Standing will be determined by written and/or oral placement tests for incoming students and sometimes for continuing students.