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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
41905 to 41915 Multiple Sections

Course Description

This course aims to push students toward advanced proficiency in Arabic through language and content work focused on Arab history, literature, and thought. We continue to expand vocabulary and aim to accumulate approximately 1200 words total active vocabulary by the end of the semester. Grammatical work focuses on complex grammatical constructions and demands increased accuracy in understanding and producing complex structures in paragraph-length discourse. Students should expect three hours of class preparation for each class hour. Class hours are supplemented by an additional hour of conversation practice in small groups which focus on developing the ability to combine formal and colloquial Arabic as native speakers do. Attendance at some lectures and films outside class is also expected. Requirements also include a writing portfolio, exams, and presentations. Students must register for ARA 120K concurrently with ARA 420K.

Grading Policy

Homework and Corrections 25%, Class Preparation and Participation 25%; Exams and Oral Presentations 25%, Writing Portfolio 15%, Conversation 10%


Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi, Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part Two, Second Edition with DVDs; Wehr/Cowan, A Dictionary of Modern Arabic


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