ARA 380C • READINGS FOR THE SUPERIOR LEVEL: MODERN ISLAM
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
The course will provide students with skills to read at an accelerating speed and with almost complete comprehension, including the ability to relate ideas, to make inferences, to understand nuances, language subtleties, and stylistic 'tournures', to read between the lines and beyond the lines, to correctly interpret most common idioms and collocations, and to internalize complex sematico-grammatical structures, all of which constitute the essence of reading at the Superior level. Readings will include authentic contemporary prose and materials with complex cultural content that incorporate argumentation, supported opinion and hypothesis, such as articles in periodicals, editorials, written media reports and essays, in addition to short stories and other literary pieces. These readings will center mainly around the topic of Modern Islam. Students will be geared to discussing and giving oral and written presentations about the materials they read using Arabic modes of expressions, complez structures, and stylistic devices, and that feature text ofganization, summaires, outlines, discussions of salient points, and support or refutation of arguments, as well as character study.
Class participation 30% Assignments 40% Take-home & quizzes 30%
Reading materials from various, including some of the students' own choosing