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Arabic III (211-1-20)


Fadia M Antabli
Crowe Hall 4-113, 1860 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
Fadia Antabli has a Masters of Science in Adult Education from Indiana University in Bloomington (2012) and an MA in Educational Technology from the University of Huddersfield in England (2008). Her thesis research was "Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language" and her focus was on classroom practices. She was a Northwestern University Searle Fellow, she won the Arts and Sciences Alumni Teaching Award from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in 2016, and she also was on the ASG Honor Roll.

Meeting Info

Kresge 4531 MENA Seminar Rm: Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00AM - 12:10PM

Overview of class

This is an intermediate level two-quarter course in which students will continue to advance their proficiency in Arabic language and learn more about the culture and the people of the Middle East. The course follows the integrated approach which blends the standard Arabic, Fuṣḥā, and the dialect or colloquial language, āmmiyya, in a way that reflects the authentic practice of native Arabic speakers. The integrated approach is an effective, logical, and economical method of instruction that successfully teaches the complexities of the Arabic sociolinguistic and diglossic situation and prepares students fully for the realities of the Arabic world. 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.

This quarter we will discuss the jobs and professions, love and marriage, Arab women, and religion.

Registration Requirements

Arabic 121-3 with a C- or equivalent; or instructor's consent.

Learning Objectives

Students completing the two-quarter sequence of Arabic 211, will enhance their language skills to a level that will enable you to comprehend authentic texts on familiar topics as well as recognizing main ideas. Students will also have learned enough vocabulary and idioms to hold short conversations with native Arabic speakers on familiar topics and discuss basic cultural ideas. Improved clarity and intonation will be clearly noticeable in students' pronunciation, reading, short individual and group presentations.

Teaching Method

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

Evaluation Method

Homework assignments based on weekly readings and class participation, several short quizzes, writing / listening activities, and an oral final task.

Class Materials (Required)

Arabiyyat al-Naas (Part Two): An Intermediate Course in Arabic. Younes, Al-Masri. (2014) Publisher: Routledge. Print ISBN: 9780415509084, eText ISBN: 9781136446511.

Class Notes

This class is taught mainly in Arabic. It meets three times a week (MWF) for 70 minutes.