ARA 320K • Third-year Arabic I
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
This is the first of a two-part course designed to: (1) conduct a quick review of the basic structures and of the first 1000 most frequent words of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) learned in earlier courses, (2) introduce the next 1500 high frequency words in a variety of contexts with strong cultural content, (3) drill students in the more advanced grammatical structures of MSA using a functional and integrative approach, and (4) train students in developing reading skills that will assist them in comprehending a variety of MSA authentic reading passages of various genres and performing reading tasks ranging from Intermediate High to Advanced levels on the ACTFL scale. The students are expected to discuss orally and in writing the texts in the textbook and the materials read, as well as prepare outlines and precis for them, to converse on a variety of subjects, including everyday experiences, and to engage in these activities using strings that range from several sentences (including complex ones) to a cohesive paragraph-length discourse at the Intermediate High level. The course will cover the first 9 lessons in the textbook.
Homework, including computer work: 35% Class participation: 20% Tests and take-home: 45%
Abboud et al, Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic. Revised Edition, 2002. (University of Chicago Publication Distribution Service) Abboud, Victorine and Peter Abboud, Computer Assisted Instruction Program for Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension, Intermediate Level