Arabic Course Offerings Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Instructor: Dr. Hanada Al-Masri, Denison University

Fall 2019, Aug 29 – Dec 19

Arab 211 (SLP): Intermediate Arabic I, 10:30 am – 11:20 am, MWF, 9:00 am – 9:50 am, Tuesday

Arab 311 (SLP): Advanced Arabic I, 12:30 am – 1:20 pm, MTWF

Spring 2020, Jan 20 – May 12

Arab 212 (SLP) 11:30 am – 12:20 pm, MTWF

Course Descriptions

Intermediate Arabic I (ARAB 211)-SLP

This is the first sequence of intermediate Arabic. Like its prerequisite (ARAB 112), this course follows the philosophy of integrating Modern Standard Arabic فصحى and spoken Arabic شامي to reflect the language as used by its native speakers. The course continues to build upon the linguistic foundations started in ARAB 111, 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 getting 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 words), 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 to Intermediate-low to Intermediate-mid level, according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

Prerequisite: successful completion of two semesters of Arabic (i.e., what is equivalent to second semester of beginning Arabic), or the consent of the professor. Credit hours: 4hrs.

Intermediate Arabic II (ARAB 212)-SLP

This course continues building upon the linguistic foundations started in ARAB-211. It aims at developing a higher level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Arabic. The course will specifically improve the quality and quantity of students’ vocabulary and develop more fluency and facility in understanding Arabic and using it to communicate ideas. This will be achieved through an extensive use of graded materials on a wide variety of theme-based topics, including: the history and geography of the Arab world, historical overview of the Arabic language, food, health, traveling, transportation, and weather.

Prerequisite: successful completion of three semesters of Arabic (i.e., what is equivalent to first semester of Intermediate Arabic), or the consent of the professor. Credit hours: 4hrs.

Advanced Arabic I (ARAB 311)- SLP

This is an advanced Arabic course that requires the completion of Intermediate Arabic II (ARAB 212) as its prerequisite. While this course continues to build upon the linguistic skills of ARAB 212, Advanced Arabic I (ARAB 311) is primarily focused on developing fluency in oral expression with the hope to reach to a native-like pronunciation, and demonstrating accuracy in writing and reading skills at an advanced level.

The material chosen for this course aims at developing students’ linguistic skills on a variety of topics including: marriage, Arab women, religion, holidays, shopping, economy,  law, politics in the Arab World, Palestine, military affairs, environment, and animals in the Arab World.

This course continues to follow the philosophy of integrating Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and spoken dialectical Arabic in a way that reflects the actual use of language by its native speakers. At this advanced course level, students are expected to make conscious decisions as to which Arabic variety to use depending on the formality level.

Prerequisite: successful completion of two years of Arabic (i.e., what is equivalent to four courses of Arabic study), or the consent of the professor. Credit hours: 4hrs.

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