Course Descriptions

AP/ARB 1000 6.0 Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic

INSTRUCTOR: Carmela Mishaiel-Shehadi

PREREQUISITE: None; not open to native speakers of Arabic.

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Arabic and focuses on developing proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking the standard Arabic language. It begins with learning of the script and phonology, and works rapidly into vocabulary and grammar by using short sentences and moving into texts of different lengths and topics. By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to read and understand short texts of Arabic and translate them from Arabic into English, and vice versa.

EVALUATION: Tests (written and oral), 30%; two longer term tests, 40%; assignments and quizzes, 10%; class participation, 20%.

TEXTS: Photocopied material prepared by the instructor at cost; Eckehard Schulz et al. Standard Arabic: An Elementary-Intermediate Course, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000; : Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part I, by Brustad, Al-Batal & Al-Tonsi, Georgetown University Press, 1995; Hans Wehr. A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (any edition).

AP/ARB 2000 6.0 Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic

INSTRUCTOR: Walid El Khachab

PREREQUISITE: AP/ARB1000 6.0, or equivalent knowledge of Introductory Arabic, and a placement interview with the instructor; (contact Dept. for interview date).

DESCRIPTION: The course begins with a review of grammar covered at the introductory level and continues to focus on the acquisition of more complex grammatical structures, expanding vocabulary, and discourse skills. By the end of the course, students will be able to read and translate longer passages of Arabic.

EVALUATION: Three tests (15% X 3 = ) 45 % ; one end of term exam, 30%; one oral test, 15%, active participation, assignments and quizzes, 10%.

TEXTS: Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part II, by Brustad, Al-Batal & Al-Tonsi, Georgetown University Press, 2000; Hans Wehr. Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (any edition).

AP/ARB 2700 6.0 An Introduction to Arab Culture

INSTRUCTOR: Walid El Khachab

PREREQUISITE: None

DESCRIPTION: This course provides an overview of the diversity of Arab cultures and covers issues related to identity, predominant ideological discourses and major contemporary debates in Arab societies. After a historical background, each session is dedicated to the study of a modern cultural product, including literature, music, drama, television, cinema, press, cyberculture and more. Taught in English. Knowledge of Arabic is not required.

EVALUATION: One mid-term test, 20%; one essay proposal, 20%; one final assignment essay, 40%; active participation, one oral presentation, quizzes 20%.

TEXTS: Reading material will be available from the bookstore.

AP/ARB 3000 6.0 Advanced Modern Standard Arabic

INSTRUCTOR: Walid El Khachab

PREREQUISITE: AP/ARB 2000 6.0 or equivalent or permission of department.

DESCRIPTION: This course builds on the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills developed in AP/ARB 2000 6.0. Students study passages from different disciplines, present short dialogues, and lead prepared discussions on different topics. This course helps students develop translation skills.

EVALUATION: Three tests (15% X 3 = ) 45 % ; one end of term exam, 30%; one oral test, 15%, active participation, assignments and quizzes, 10%.

TEXTS: Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part II, by Brustad, Al-Batal & Al-Tonsi, Georgetown University Press, 2000; Hans Wehr. Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (any edition).