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

Fall 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41880 M
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
GAR 0.120
RAS 211B

Course Description

The purpose of this course and its sequel, Arabic 414, is to build on the knowledge and tasks acquired in Arabic 508-9 and continue to expand students' language proficiency in the four basic skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading (both oral and comprehension), and Writing Modern Standard Arabic (i. e. Modern Fus-ha), and familiarity with Arab Culture. It and its sequel will help expedite the acquisition of the language for more advanced work in MSA and for studying the Qur’an, Pre-Islamic and Islamic Arabic literature. Students will be expected to perform specified, more advanced tasks and outcomes, acquire more vocabulary through the Basic texts in the textbook and the computer Program listed below, understand the general meaning and some details in assigned reading passages, including authentic texts. report orally on content of, and role-play, these texts and passages, read aloud and at normal speed the assigned Basic texts, write complex sentences on content of these and other texts and generate paragraph length new contexts with old and new vocabulary and structures. Emphasis will be placed on correct pronunciation of, and avoiding common errors in, the sounds, inter-word liaisons, word endings (where they are crucial for liaison purposes), stress and intonation, on the correct use of appropriate vocabulary and expressions, and on the acquisition of more complex grammatical structures both for use in producing complex sentences and understanding of texts

Grading Policy

There will be no make-up tests unless students can provide a medical report or other legitimate excuse. To pass in this course (a grade of D) or obtain credit, a student must score a numerical average grade of 70% or above). Assessment of performance is based on the following activities and distributions: Class Participation: 25 % Homework assignments (satisfactory and punctual): 25 % Tests and quizzes (in-class and/or take-home) 30 % Computer lab work: 20 %


• Peter Abboud, et al., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part I and II, and accompanying audio component Online • Aman Attieh, Ahlan wa-Sahlan. Online program • Aman Attieh, Suplementary Materials


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