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2021-2022 Course Descriptions

For more information on the courses' Proficiency Goals, please also review our Language Learning specific to each language.  

 

Arabic Language Courses 


ARABIC 111-1, 2, 3: First-Year Arabic (Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022)

First-Year Arabic is a three-quarter sequence providing a thorough grounding for listening, speaking, reading, and writing 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.  To develop speaking and listening skills, we will be using an educated spoken version of the āmmiyya of the Levantine dialect.  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.

Course Prerequisite: None. Students with prior knowledge of Arabic (learned either though school or at home) will need to take the Arabic placement exam before being allowed to register.

 

ARABIC 121-1, 2, 3: Second-Year Arabic (Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022)

Second-Year Arabic is a three-quarter sequence which builds 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.  To develop speaking and listening skills, we will be using an educated spoken version of the āmmiyya of the Levantine dialect.  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.

 Course Prerequisite: Arabic 111-3 with a C- or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

 

ARABIC 211-1, 2: Third-Year Arabic (Fall 2021, Winter 2022)

Third-Year Arabic 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.

Course Prerequisite: Arabic 121-3 with a C- or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.   

ARABIC 216-0: Language and Culture: I am American: Immigration and Settlement of Arabs in the US (Fall 2021) 

This course will explore the history of immigration to the US with special emphasis on Arab immigration from the late 19th century to today, specifically examining two major waves of Arab immigration: from 1870 to World War I and from Wore War II to the present.  Students will investigate the reasons for leaving their home country and learn how the Arab immigrants established themselves into thriving communities across the major urban areas in the US and how Arab Americans have tried to preserve their culture. Class discussion will also center around questions of race and ethnicity and how race and ethnicity have impacted the Arab American community. 

Course Prerequisite: Arabic  211-2 (or excellent performance in Arabic 121-3) or permission of the instructor  

ARABIC 216-0: Language and Culture: Cairo and its Seven Layers of Civilization (Spring 2022) 

Cairo is an intermediate leven course in which students will learn about the history and intricacies of the Arab culture through the specific examples of Cairo.  Moving away from a traditional textbook based model to a content-based course, it incorporates authentic texts and literary sources as well as external voices into classes through Video, Skype, or Zoom.  The course incorporates creative language learning exercises designed to help students to function across different registers and genres. 

Course Prerequisite: Arabic  211-2 (or excellent performance in Arabic 121-3) or permission of the instructor.

ARABIC 245-0: Current Events in the Middle East: Arab Society through Online News Media (Winter 2022)

This course engages students in learning about current events in the Middle East.  In-depth explorations of a variety of news topics through online news media such as newspaper articles, blogs and videos help students build a comprehensive vocabulary and explore the specialized language of Media Arabic as well as learn to respect alternative topics, ideas and diversity of views as expressed in the media sources.  There is a clear shift in readership trends in the MENA region, especially since young people across the Arab world have become socially and politically active online, as well as through contributions to media and newspaper columns.  And although newspapers and online social media are two very different platforms, it is clear that both continue to play a role in shaping the way news and public opinion are disseminated and shared.  

Course Prerequisite: 211-2 or equivalent,  or permission of the instructor.   

ARABIC 316-2:  Reading Classical Arabic Texts: One Thousand and One Nights (Fall 2021)

This course is for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in exploring the multi-faceted language and cultural history of The Thousand and One Nights, also called The Arabian Nights (Arabic Alf laylah wa Laylah). This rich collection of middle eastern and South Asian folk tales, encompassing the real and the supernatural, wealth and poverty, love and marriage, power and punishment, and the endless tests and uncertainties of fate, has long been considered a treasure of literary styles and genres. The stories were told and retold over a period of several centuries incorporating material from Arab, Persian, Turkish, Greek, and Indian sources before they were written down. As such, the stories offer an invaluable opportunity for students to engage with and learn from the power of storytelling.

Course Prerequisite: Arabic 211-2 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

ARABIC 316-3: Topics in Arabic Literature: Arab Women and the search for a voice (Spring 2022)

This course offers a valuable chance to students who want to explore Arabic literary prose in depth.  It also provides foundational skills for students who want to pursue graduate careers in Arabic literature of Middle Eastern Studies.  The course will survey excerpts and selections of Arabic literary prose with emphasis on different styles of analyzing literary work from the early 20th century to the present.  

Course Prerequisite: Arabic 211-2 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.   

Hebrew language courses

 

HEBREW 111-1, 2, 3: First-Year Hebrew (Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022)

First-Year Hebrew is a three-quarter course designed to develop all four language skills (speaking, writing, listening, and reading) as well as provide a cultural foundation. The course is based on Hebrew from Scratch, a comprehensive textbook with grammar and interactive exercise for the beginning adult learner.  The instructions for the exercises as well as the translations of the vocabulary lists are in English.  Otherwise, the course is all in Hebrew, creating an important immersive environment for the students throughout the year.  

Course Prerequisite: None.  Students with prior knowledge of Hebrew (learned either though school or at home) will need to take the Hebrew placement exam to be placed in the correct class.  

HEBREW 121-1, 2, 3: Second-Year Hebrew (Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022)

Second-Year Hebrew is a three-quarter sequence which will cover comprehensive grammar explanations and examples as well as cultural themes. The purpose of the course is to enlarge the student’s vocabulary,  reinforce and expand their knowledge of Hebrew grammar, and deepen their knowledge of Israeli culture. Class will consist of interactive exercises for the intermediate learner, readings in a level-appropriate difficulty with more information on Israeli daily life and reality, and listening in the form of songs and clips in Hebrew. 

Course Prerequisite: Hebrew 111-3 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.  Students with prior knowledge of Hebrew (learned either though school or at home) will need to take the Hebrew placement exam to be placed in the correct class. 

HEBREW 216-1: Topics in Hebrew Literature: The Four-Dimensional Jerusalem (Fall 2021) 

In this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of some of the complexities of Israeli culture through the specific example of Jerusalem.  In this class we will learn about the dramatic history of Jerusalem - one of the most ancient cities in the world - and how this history affects the current intricacies of this unique city. We will read and watch a poetry slam performance about Jerusalem, a short story that takes place in the Machane Yehuda Market, and we will also dive into a unique art project that took place in Jerusalem and we will converse (in Hebrew!) with the Jerusalemite artist that created this project. Another topic we will explore is the relationship between Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem. The thread running through all the people, projects and places we will encounter in this class is the diverse community of people in this city and the fragile and complex circumstances in which they coexist. 

Course Prerequisite: Hebrew 121-3, or permission of the instructor.   

HEBREW 245-0: Current Events in Israel: Israeli Society through Online News Media (Winter 2022)

Israel's press and broadcasters are many and varied, reflecting differences in language, political viewpoint and religious outlook.  All cater to a modern, developed and literate society and play an important role in political, social and cultural life and in the way news and public opinion are disseminated and shared.  The course engages the students in learning about the importance of the Israeli media and how it reports current events and cultural topics for its diverse citizens.  In-depth explorations of a variety of news topics will help students build a comprehensive vocabulary, explore the specialized language of Media Hebrew as well a begin to understand and respect alternative topics, ideas and diversity of views as expressed in the media sources.  

Course Prerequisite: Hebrew 121-3, or permission of the instructor.   

HEBREW 316-3: Advanced Topics in Hebrew Literature (Spring 2022)

Reading 20th-century Hebrew literature. Presentations, discussion, and essays in Hebrew.

Course Prerequisite: 2 Hebrew courses on the 200-level or consent of instructor.

Persian language courses

 

PERSIAN 121-1, 2, 3: Second-Year Persian (Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022)

Persian 121 is a three-quarter sequence designed to help students develop intermediate competence in oral and written comprehension and expression of the Persian language. Emphasis is on improving listening comprehension, reading, speaking, writing, and cultural and historical knowledge. The course builds on knowledge of the grammatical structures taught in the first three quarters of Persian 111 by introducing more advanced grammar and vocabulary in context. The course also integrates authentic material from available online sources for improving listening comprehension and cultural understanding. The course will continue with the textbook Persian in Use but also integrate articles from Iranian newspapers and magazines to learn about Iran and its socio-political situation.

Course Prerequisite: Persian 111-3 or equivalent; or permission of the instructor.

Turkish language courses


TURKISH 111-1, 2, 3: First-Year Turkish (Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022)

First-year Turkish is a three-quarter introductory course in modern Turkish. This course aims to introduce students to the essential points of modern Turkish grammar and vocabulary to develop basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The course also provides insights into modern Turkish culture through the language.  With this in mind, the textbook is supplemented by additional printed and audio-visual materials provided by the instructor.  

Course Prerequisite: None. Students with prior knowledge of Turkish (learned either though school or at home) will need to take the Turkish placement exam before being allowed to register.

TURKISH 121-1, 2, 3: Second-Year Turkish (Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022)

Second-Year Turkish is a three-quarter intermediate course in modern Turkish.  This course aims to continue basic Turkish grammar, and to further develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills acquired in elementary Turkish through the use of printed and audio-visual materials.  The course also provides insights into modern Turkish culture through the language. 

Course Prerequisite: Turkish 111-3 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

 

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