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

Spring 2008

ARA 383C • Practicum in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41977 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
CAL 21
Al Batal, M

Course Description

This graduate seminar represents a sequel to Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language: from Theory to Practice-- offered in the fall semesterand is intended for students interested in expanding their knowledge of language pedagogy and further developing their Arabic language teaching skills. The seminar has two major components: 1) a theoretical component that deals with issues such as curriculum and syllabus design (with special emphasis on proficiency-based and task-based instruction), learning strategies, roles of learners, and assessment, and 2) a practical component that involves actual classroom instruction and preparation of instructional materials and tests that will be field-tested in class. This seminar will be particularly aimed at graduate students interested in serving as AI's in our departmental Arabic program and will, together with the first seminar offered in the fall, provide them with the training required for teaching in the UT Arabic program and beyond.

Grading Policy

Weekly readings of books and journals related to the seminar's themes with short reaction papers (in Arabic and English). Bi-weekly teaching assignments with detailed lesson plans and self-assessment. Development of teaching materials for use in Arabic classes. Development and analysis of tests in the various skills. Research paper (15-20 pages in English) on a topic related to the seminar themes.

Texts

Nunan, David. 199. Second Language Teaching & Learning. Ellis, Rod. 2003. Task-based Language learning & Teaching. Alderson, J. Charles et al. 1995. Language Test Construction & Evaluation.

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