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

Fall 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42040 MW
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 310

Course Description

Designed to provide students with basic competence in Modern Standard Arabic, targeting the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. ARA 506 or ARA 508? Both courses aim to teach communicative competence and develop proficiency. You may want to register for ARA 506 if your goals include: -learning conversational Arabic spoken in Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria in addition to formal Arabic -extensive work in listening, speaking, and developing reading strategies You may want to register for ARA 508 if your goals include: -learning the standard, formal language read and understood, heard, written, and spoken by educated Arabs throughout the Arab World in formal settings, referred to as Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) or modern Fus-ha, and understanding its social and cultural aspects, -acquiring a solid foundation for studying the Qur'an, Pre-Islamic and Islamic literature, referred to as Classical Arabic.

Grading Policy

(There are no make-ups for tests unless students can provide a medical report or other legitimate excuses. To pass in this course (a grade of D) or obtain credit, a student must obtain a numerical average grade of 70% or above). Assessment of students' performance is based on the following activities and distributions: Participation: 25 % Homework assignments (satisfactory and punctual): 30 % Examinations and quizzes (in-class and/or take-home) 30 % Computer laboratory work: 15 %


Peter Abboud, et al., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part I, and accompanying CD's Aman Attieh, 'Ahlan wa-Sahlan. Letters and Sounds. CD Aman Attieh, Supplementary Materials and Exercises. On-line program Victorine Abboud and Peter Abboud, Beginning Arabic Computer Program for Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension


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