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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2006

ARA 507 • First- Year Arabic II

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40480 MW
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
gar 201
cal 200

Course Description

General Objectives: The purpose of this course is to develop students' proficiency and communication in Modern Standard Arabic in the four basic language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading (both oral and comprehension), and Writing. Cultural aspects are built into the course. This course, second in a sequence of four, helps students to rapidly advance in Arabic language studies and prepares them for more advanced work in literary Arabic, as well as to work, travel or study abroad. By the end of this course, the majority of students with full and active participation are expected to reach the level of Intermediate Mid- in oral and writing skills, according to the ACTFL proficiency rating; a few will attain a rating of Intermediate High.

Approach and Technique: Arabic is the goal and main medium of instruction and communication. The teaching/learning process places emphasis on the functional use of the language and on communication in context in the four basic skills rather than on the explicit learning of grammar rules. Any grammar explanation given will be rendered in Arabic. Content coverage and Tasks: A detailed description of content coverage and tasks will be distributed to students the first week of classes.

Grading Policy

Attendance and Class Participation 25% Homework Assignments (satisfactory and punctual): 25% Tests and Quizzes (in-class and/or take home) 35% Computer Laboratory Work 15% To pass in this course (a grade of D) or obtain credit, a student must obtain an average grade of 70% or above.


" Peter Abboud, et al., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part I. Lessons 16-30 " CD's/Audio tapes of Lessons 1-16 accompanying Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part I. (use of these tapes is mandatory). " Victorine Abboud, An Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Computer Program for Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension . " Aman Attieh, Supplementary Materials and Exercises. (Obtained from Abels) " A regular audio cassette tape in order to record the Arabic sounds, oral homework and passages of the Basic Text. (The tape should be clearly identified.)


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