ARAB 211-Intermediate Arabic I with Dr. Hanada Al-Masri, Denison University
- Days and Time: MTWF, 12:30 – 1:20 pm
- Pre-req.: ARAB 112- or what is equivalent to two semesters of Beginning Arabic
- Credits: 4hrs.
This is an intermediate level course in Arabic. Similar to its prerequisite (ARAB 112), the course follows the same philosophy of integrating Modern Standard Arabic and spoken Arabic to reflect the language as used by native speakers. The course continues building upon the linguistic foundations started in ARAB111, and ARAB 112 and aims at developing the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through two graded levels: for the first half of the semester, students study topics centered around their daily lives and activities. The second half of the semester takes students to a more advanced level where they start discussing topics moved away from the self and get closer to topics of a general nature like the history and geography of the Arab world, education, etc. In this course students will read longer passages (250-350 word), write on the paragraph level, listen to longer texts, and produce longer conversations. In addition, the course continues the practice of introducing Arab society, history, and culture. Overall, the course aims at improving students’ linguistic knowledge from Intermediate – low to the Intermediate-mid level, according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. At Denison, the course fulfills the GE requirement for Humanities (U).
Arabic 995H: The Arabic Language and Culture (Private Reading for Advanced Arabic) with Dr. Basem Al-Rabaa, Oberlin College
- Days and Time: M, 4:00 – 4:50 pm and Th, 1:00 – 1:50 pm
- Pre-req.: Successful completion of four semesters of Arabic (Arabic 101, 102, and 201, and 202) or the consent of the professor.
- Credits: 2hrs.
This is a 300 level half course in Arabic language and culture offered at Oberlin College (host institution). Guest students who enroll in this class are subject to all course requirements and calendar of the host institution. Language of instruction is Arabic. Prerequisites: successful completion of four semesters of Arabic (Arabic 101, 102, and 201, and 202) or the consent of the professor.
The primary goal of this half course is to broaden the students’ knowledge of Arabic language and culture and continues to build on the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). This course covers a wider range of topics about the Arab world and its culture such as education, professions, marriage, and the status of women in the Arab world. We will be using the primary textbook ‘Arabiyyat al-Naas, Part 2, plus additional supplementary materials. By the end of this course, students are expected to reach the Advanced Low/Mid level of proficiency in Arabic based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012. Students at this sub-level perform at the paragraph level and are able to converse with ease and confidence when discussing familiar topics. They can also perform some other tasks such as describing and narrating events in the past and future.
The course follows the philosophy of the integrated approach, which is essential for using Arabic language and understanding Arab culture. The underlying philosophy of the integrated approach to Arabic language instruction lies in the integration of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and spoken dialectical Arabic (Levantine) in a way that reflects the actual use of language by its native speakers. The outcome of students’ linguistic skills is best described as “the language of educated Arabs,” which combines features of both varieties on the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic levels. This way, students can converse and communicate using educated spoken Arabic, exactly the same way as Arabic native speakers do, while maintaining the formality level associated with MSA in writings.
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