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Arabic proficiency goals

ARABIC COURSES
Below you will find descriptions of our Arabic courses (course content, proficiency goals, and materials covered). Our current program consists of four levels of sequenced 3-quarter language classes in Arabic language and culture (first-year, second-year, third-year, fourth-year), different dialect classes, a class on Arabic Media, and three advanced  literature classes. 

FIRST-YEAR ARABIC (111-1,2,3)

OVERALL DESCRIPTION

First-Year Arabic, Arabic 111, 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.  The goal for first-year Arabic is to bring the average students to Novice High Proficiency on the ACTFL scale (or A1.1 on the CEFR scale).

Please note: Arabic 111-1 is designed for true beginners with no previous background in the language. Students with any background in Arabic must take the Arabic Placement Test and consult with the Placement Coordinator before enrolling in any of our  courses.

TEXTS:

CONVERSATION AND CULTURE IN THE ARAB WORLD (114)

OVERALL DESCRIPTION
This course is a vital addition to the program’s course offerings teaching Modern Standard Arabic: it  introduces students to one of the main dialects of Arabic (Egyptian, Levantine, Moroccan). Dialects are spoken in homes and on the street and they have a strong presence in television entertainment, cinema and commercial advertising.   This course is strongly recommended for students, undergraduate or graduate, who wish to explore a spoken variety of Arabic.

The course uses a communicative, proficiency-oriented approach with fully integrated audiovisual media to help students acquire a solid background on how to properly and effectively communicate using a dialect. Students will be introduced to words, phrases, expressions, and structures used in everyday life in an interactive and lively way. Listening comprehension, oral reading practice, and oral interactive group work will be the main focus of the class (writing and grammar practice will be kept to a minimum). The skills students acquire from this course will enable them to engage in simple yet useful conversations. The course can be taken concurrently with 111-3 or higher. It does not count for the Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement.

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SECOND-YEAR ARABIC (121-1,2,3)

OVERALL DESCRIPTION
Second-year Arabic is a three-quarter second-year course and a continuation of Arabic I.  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..  Second-year Arabic meets 4 times a week for 50 minutes. Class time is devoted to conversation, reading, translation and structure exercise. The goal for second-year Arabic is to bring the average students to Intermediate Mid Proficiency on the ACTFL scale (or A1.1 on the CEFR scale).

Please note: Students with any background in Arabic including students who were abroad must take the Arabic Placement Test and consult with the Placement Coordinator before enrolling.

TEXTS:

 

ARABIC MEDIA (125)

OVERALL DESCRIPTION
This unique course is strongly recommended for students, undergraduate or graduate, who want to a) supplement their prior knowledge of Arabic language to understanding the more specific, stylized content of Arabic-speaking media such as Al Jazeera or BBC News Arabic; and b) who want to learn more about the Middle East and its conflicting interests as portrayed in broadcast headlines and short news features.  Each week, students will learn new important expressions, practice listening skills to understand headlines and short news segments, as well as begin to develop the vocabulary necessary for improved  reading comprehension of authentic print materials such as articles and broadcast news features. Students will acquire over 250 high frequency vocabulary words through listening to headlines.  They will recognize specific expressions and sentence structures of broadcast news.  In addition, students will become familiar with the political culture of the Arab world by being introduced to political parties, movements, leading figures, and international Arab organizations. Upon completion of the course students should feel comfortable comprehending short authentic news broadcasts in Arabic and put them into the appropriate cultural context. 

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THIRD-YEAR ARABIC (211-1,2,3)

OVERALL DESCRIPTION
This is a three-quarter third-year course and a continuation of Arabic II. The focus is on Modern Standard Arabic with the goal to enhance students’ ability to read, understand and discuss Arabic texts such as newspaper excerpts, magazine and journal articles, short stories and other materials of interest to the students and relevant to their field of study. In addition to focusing on developing reading and writing skills in Modern Standard Arabic, a special emphasis is placed on listening and speaking. During in-class discussions and out of class practice, students should free to infuse their spoken Arabic with any dialect they might have learned in previous classes or encountered while studying abroad. The class will meet twice a week for one and a half hours.  to discuss assigned and new materials. Students will work outside of class independently and in groups, so that class time can be used efficiently.

Please note: Students with any background in Arabic including students who were abroad must take the Arabic Placement Test and consult with the Placement Coordinator before enrolling.

TEXTS:

ARABIC 211-1 ARABIC 211-2 ARABIC 211-3
Prerequisites Arabic 121-3 Arabic 211-1 Arabic 211-2
Texts Arabiyyat al-Naas (Part Two) Arabiyyat al-Naas (Part Two) Arabiyyat al-Naas (Part Two)
Chapters TBD TBD TBD
Proficiency Goals

Intermediate Mid (ACTFL) 

A2 (CEFR)

IM-Intermediate High (ACTFL)

A2-B1 (CEFR)

Intermediate High (ACTFL)

B1 (CEFR)


FOURTH-YEAR ARABIC (311-1,2,3)

OVERALL DESCRIPTION
The goal of fourth-year Arabic is to cover and practice almost all of the advanced grammar points so prepare students to read and comprehend a variety of authentic Arabic material on their own. Throughout the three quarters, students will be exposed to authentic reading texts (articles, opinion pieces, and short stories) from which new vocabulary and grammar concepts are drawn. Reading comprehension exercises and lively discussions allow students to practice new vocabulary and grammar concepts in class.  The instructor will give grammar explanations in Arabic and help students integrate the new rules to improve speaking and writing. After completing the course sequence, students will have covered and practiced all of the required grammar topics and will be able to independently read and comprehend most texts in Arabic.

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READING ARABIC TEXTS (316-1,2,3)

 OVERALL DESCRIPTION
These courses offer students with advanced Arabic skills  a valuable chance to explore Arabic literary texts in depth (poetry, classical texts, or modern prose).  Student engaged in this course will learn foundational analytic and interpretational skills thorough the study of elements and imagery,  sound,  forms, and writing styles.  The linguistic textual analysis of each reading will enhance the understanding of syntax and style and will foster the rapid acquisition of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. Regular writing assignments will allow students to demonstrate their understanding and interpretation of the texts and how meaning emerges through rhythm, word choices, style, and context.

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