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Arabic III(211-3-20)


Fatima Zehra Khan
Crowe Hall 4-111

Meeting Info

Online: Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Overview of class

This is a high intermediate level three-quarter course in Modern Standard Arabic (including some dialect forms) in which students will continue to advance their proficiency in the Arabic language and learn more about the culture and the people of the Middle East. Based on Alkitaab Part II and its companion website, the course will enhance learners' ability to read, write, understand and discuss challenging authentic Arabic text from different sources. This will include a variety of textual resources from newspapers, magazines, journal articles, audio and video clips, short stories and other relevant material to the students' field of study.
This quarter we will discuss Media and journalism related subjects at length, we will discuss early starts of journalism in the Modern Middle East. You will develop techniques for conducting media interviews. We will have discussions on higher education in the Middle East and how is that compared to your own experiences of learning in U.S. colleges. During this quarter you complete your work on Al-kitaab Book II. Our work will be communicative (discussion, role plays, presentations, and interviews).

Registration Requirements

Arabic 211-2 with a C- or equivalent; or instructor's consent.

Learning Objectives

Students completing the three-class sequence of Arabic 211, will be able to comprehend texts on more familiar topics and recognize main ideas from different authentic material. Students will also learn enough vocabulary and idioms in MSA to hold conversations with native Arabic speakers on familiar topics and discuss basic cultural ideas. Improved clarity and intonation will be clearly noticeable in students' pronunciation.

Teaching Method

This is a highly interactive class, focusing on developing reading, writing and speaking skills. Special emphasis will be placed on listening skills as well as developing conversational skills through small interactive group work designed to increase accuracy and fluency. Advanced challenging grammar discussions in class will lead to a more nuanced understanding of the Arabic language. Students will be taught to develop techniques for thinking in Arabic, which will be reflected in increased fluency in writing.

Evaluation Method

Homework assignments based on weekly readings and class participation, presentations, several quizzes, writing projects, two midterm exams, and a final term writing paper.

Class Materials (Required)

Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal and Abbas al-Tonsi, Al-Kitaab fii Ta?allum al-?Arabiyya with DVDs: Part Two. 3rd edition. [ISBN: 9781589019669] as well as access to the companion website which students will purchase after they have purchased the text book. Additional material will be provided by the instructor.

Class Notes

This class is taught in Arabic and students will be mainly communicating using Arabic language.

Class Attributes

Synchronous:Class meets remotely at scheduled time