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

Fall 2006

ARA 506 • First-Year Arabic I

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42225 MW
TTh
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
RAS 215
RAS 215
NADER MORKUS

Course Description

This course introduces the basics of Modern Standard Arabic. Students will learn the Arabic alphabet, the writing system (print and cursive), the sound system, simple language constructions, elementary grammar and a vocabulary of approximately 300 words. By the end of the semester students are expected to master basic conversational skills, be able to read vocalized and unvocalized texts, be able to write paragraph-long compositions and comprehend simple reading passages with the assistance of a basic glossary. The course involves regular use of audio-visual materials in Arabic. (Language course descriptions may vary per instructor, please see instructor for details) 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

They will be determined by the instructor

Texts

They will be determined by the instructor

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