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Arabic II (121-1-21)


Ragy H Ibrahim Mikhaeel
Crowe Hall 4-117
Ragy Mikhaeel is a native of Cairo, Egypt. He taught Arabic at Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges before coming to Northwestern ten years ago. He is the author of Barron’s Learn Arabic: The Fast and Fun Way (as Ragy H. Ibrahim), He received the 2015 Excellence in Foreign Language Teaching Award from the Council on Language Instruction (CLI) and the 2017-2018 Provost's Fellowship for Digital Learning Award.

Meeting Info

University Library 3670: Mon, Wed, Fri 2:00PM - 3:10PM

Overview of class

Second-year Arabic will build on skills acquired in first-year Arabic. 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. To develop reading and writing skills we will be using Modern Standard Written Arabic called Fuṣḥā; an educated spoken version of the āmmiyya of the Levantine dialect will be used to develop speaking and listening. The integrated approach is an effective, logical, and economical method of instruction that successfully teaches the reality of the Arabic sociolinguistic and diglossic situation and prepares students for the various language usages in the Arab world.

Arabic 121-1, taught in the Fall Quarter, is the first quarter of second-year Arabic. Topics covered during this quarter are: Transportation; Weather; Sports and Hobbies; and Visiting Jordan.

Registration Requirements

Arabic 111-3 with a C- or equivalent; or permission of the instructor

Learning Objectives

After completing Second Year Arabic, students will have an overview of Arabic grammar; this includes the root and pattern system, the verbal patterns, and case markings of nouns. Students will have enough vocabulary to speak about themselves, family members and friends, their studies, trips, wants and desires, etc. Students will be able to read and comprehend basic authentic texts and write lengthier paragraphs with increased accuracy.

Teaching Method

Second year Arabic uses a communicative, proficiency-oriented approach. Students will communicate with the instructor in Arabic and will practice new vocabulary and grammar concepts orally in class. The instructor will help students integrate new grammar rules to improve reading, writing, and speaking. Students will use class time to do group work in Arabic and get feedback on their speaking and pronunciation.

Evaluation Method

Homework, quizzes, attendance and participation, and oral final presentation.

Class Materials (Required)

Arabiyyat al-Naas (Part One): An Introductory Course in Arabic. Younes, Weatherspoon, Foster. (2014) Publisher: Routledge. Print ISBN: 9780415516938, 0415516935 eText ISBN: 9781135010850, 1135010854

Class Notes

This class is taught in Arabic and meets three days a week for 70 minutes. Attendance in mandatory and there is regular homework.