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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
41825 MW
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
UTC 1.136

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to develop students' proficiency and communication in Modern Standard Arabic in the four basic language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading (both oral and comprehension), and Writing, and a growing familiarity with Arab Culture. This course and its sequels will lay the foundation for rapid 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 tasks and outcomes, acquire the basic vocabulary presented in Basic texts, understand the general meaning and the who, what, where, and when of assigned Reading passages, report orally on learned content and role-play these texts and passages, read aloud and at normal speed the assigned Basic texts, write meaningful simple sentences on content of these texts and create and produce new contexts and combinations with old and new vocabulary and structures, and pronounce sounds, words (including inter-word liaisons and word endings (where they are crucial for liaison purposes), and utterances, and use the appropriate vocabulary and expressions, forms, and structures, correctly and in such as way as to be understood by a native speaker. By the end of this course, the majority of students should reach a level of Intermediate Low, according to ACTFL proficiency rating. The teaching/learning process in this course is proficiency-based, where emphasis is placed on functional usage of the language.

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: Class Participation: 20% Homework assignments (satisfactory and punctual): 25 % Examinations and quizzes (in-class and/or take-home) 30 % Computer laboratory work: 25 %


• Peter Abboud, et al., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part I, and accompanying audio on-line • Aman Attieh, 'Ahlan wa-Sahlan. Letters and Sounds. On-Line • 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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