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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
41960 MW
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

This course introduces non-Arabic speakers 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 and Levantine dialects, 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, accurately form full sentences in Arabic, be able to initiate and sustain basic conversations, read simple passages with general comprehension, and have 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 daily reading, listening, and writing homework, active participation in group work during class, and occasional group presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students must also register for ARA 106, Conversation Hour.

Grading Policy

Attendance and Participation 20%, Homework Assignments 25%, Quizzes 25%, Skits/Oral Presentations and final video project 15%, Final Examination 15%


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


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