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

Fall 2007


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42505 to 42527 Multiple Sections MEZ 1.122

Course Description

This course introduces students to the sounds, letters, and basic grammar of Arabic while building listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural skills in the language. The course stresses communicative skills in formal (standard) Arabic with an introduction to Egyptian or Levantine through basic greetings and courtesy expressions, and students learn basic differences between spoken and written Arabic. At the end of the semester students should expect to reach the threshold of Intermediate proficiency, and to be able to form accurately simple sentences in Arabic, to initiate basic conversations, to read simple passages with general comprehension, and have to an active vocabulary of approximately 300 words. Preparation for class is an essential component of the course, allowing us to devote in-class time to communicating in the language rather than talking "about" the language. Students should expect to spend at least two hours daily preparing for class through listening, reading, and writing homework. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Class hours are supplemented by an additional hour of conversation practice in small groups (dardasha).

Grading Policy

Attendance and Participation 20%, Homework Assignments 20%, Quizzes 20%, Skits/Oral Presentations and final video project 15%, Dardasha "Chat" Hour 10%, Final Examination 15%


Alif Baa, Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I


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