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

Fall 2007

ARA 412K • SECOND-YEAR ARABIC I

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42530 to 42538 Multiple Sections CBA 4.342
CBA 4.342
TBA

Course Description

This course aims to push students towards upper Intermediate proficiency in reading, speaking, writing, listening, and culture. Communicative skills continue to remain a priority, and emphasis is also placed on reading, expanding vocabulary, developing listening skills, and expanding students' understanding of Arab culture, including exposure to colloquial Arabic. Students move from listening to composed texts to listening to authentic materials for native speakers. We continue to develop reading strategies that enable students to comprehend main ideas in authentic reading passages. Grammatical work centers on developing the accuracy necessary to reach advanced proficiency and on the Arabic root and pattern system. As in ARA 506 and 507, preparation for class and active, cooperative participation in small group activities remain essential components of the course. Students should expect to spend at least two hours daily on homework and class preparation. Requirements also include occasional presentations, exams, and a weekly writing activity. Class hours are supplemented by an additional hour of conversation practice in small groups (dardasha).

Grading Policy

Preparation, Participation and Attendance in Class and Dardasha 25%; Homework and Corrections 30%, Exams and Presentations 25%, Writing Portfolio 10%, Final Exam 10%

Texts

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

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