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Course Descriptions

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40360 • Cooper, Ethan
Meets MWF 800am-900am MEZ 1.206
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40365 • Schroepfer, Jason
Meets MWF 900am-1000am MEZ 1.206
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40370 • El Barouni, Radwa
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 2.118
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40375 • Stokes, Phillip W.
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.206
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40380 • Turner, Michael
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm CAL 21
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40385 • Mendoza, Michael
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm MEZ 1.206
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This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 621L • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn IV

40390 • Brustad, Kristen
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.206
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This course continues the work in ARA 601C, 611C and 621K in pushing students towards proficiency in reading, speaking, writing, listening, and culture. It introduces students to various topics in Arab culture and thought in order to expand language skills, advance vocabulary acquisition, and build toward Intermediate High proficiency in all skills. Coursework thus focuses on helping students master and activate large amounts of vocabulary and utilize the root and pattern system as a comprehension and learning tool. We continue to develop reading and listening strategies that enable students to comprehend main ideas in authentic texts. Communicative skills continue to remain a priority, and include work in colloquial Arabic. Preparation for class and active, cooperative participation in small group activities remain essential components of the course. Students should expect to spend two to three hours daily on homework and class preparation. Requirements also include occasional presentations, exams, and weekly writing activities. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. 

Grading Policy

Attendance and Participation 20% Homework Assignments 30% Quizzes, Skits/Oral Presentations 35% Final Examination 15%

Texts

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part II.

ARA 621L • Intensive Arabic IV

40395 • Housen, Ghada
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm CAL 21
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This course continues the work in ARA 601C, 611C and 621K in pushing students towards proficiency in reading, speaking, writing, listening, and culture. It introduces students to various topics in Arab culture and thought in order to expand language skills, advance vocabulary acquisition, and build toward Intermediate High proficiency in all skills. Coursework thus focuses on helping students master and activate large amounts of vocabulary and utilize the root and pattern system as a comprehension and learning tool. We continue to develop reading and listening strategies that enable students to comprehend main ideas in authentic texts. Communicative skills continue to remain a priority, and include work in colloquial Arabic. Preparation for class and active, cooperative participation in small group activities remain essential components of the course. Students should expect to spend two to three hours daily on homework and class preparation. Requirements also include occasional presentations, exams, and weekly writing activities. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. 

Grading Policy

Attendance and Participation 20% Homework Assignments 30% Quizzes, Skits/Oral Presentations 35% Final Examination 15%

Texts

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part II.

ARA 531L • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn Vi

40410 • Al-Batal, Mahmoud
Meets MF 900am-1000am CAL 422
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This course takes students from the study of language through culture to the study of culture through language as the focus gradually shifts from exercises and drills to discussion of reading and listening texts. The course aims to push students toward the cultural and linguistic competence of educated native speakers, and allows for students to incorporate their own areas of research into the class. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading Policy

To be provided by instructor.

Texts

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part II.

ARA 531L • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn Vi

40415 • Al-Batal, Mahmoud
Meets MF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.206
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This course takes students from the study of language through culture to the study of culture through language as the focus gradually shifts from exercises and drills to discussion of reading and listening texts. The course aims to push students toward the cultural and linguistic competence of educated native speakers, and allows for students to incorporate their own areas of research into the class. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading Policy

To be provided by instructor.

Texts

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part II.

ARA 360L • Arabic Voices: Poetry To Rap

40420 • El-Ariss, Tarek
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CAL 419
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Poetry is associated with the rise of Arabic literature and language. Pre-Islamic and Abbasid odes are traditionally viewed as the purest expressions of the Arab cultural ethos. Some considered the Quran itself poetry when it was first revealed. This poetic tradition went through various transformation with modernist aesthetics in the 1950s and 1960s, and anti-colonial and anti-authoritarian struggles throughout the 20th and into the 21st century. In this course, we will focus on contemporary poetry, specifically examining popular poetry, graphic poetry, rap, slam, hip-hop, and twitter as a poetic genre. We will investigate crossings between contemporary and classical forms, but also crossings between Arabic and non-Arabic genres. We will analyze new poetic forms expressed in a variety of dialectics and cultural contexts, addressing the role of music, digital technology, and political developments in shaping new poetry. We will examine the importance of a new media culture with such TV Shows as Sha‘ir al-Million (Million’s poet) in popularizing new trends and reviving old ones. We will read works by Ahmad Fuad Najm, Mahmoud Darwish, and Walid Taher, and watch performances by Omar Offendum, DAM, Katibeh Khamseh, El-Rass, Sultana, and Tuffar. Conducted in Arabic, the students will be exposed to various texts in MSA and dialects from across the Arab world.

ARA 360L • Palestine And The Palestinians

40423 • Mohammad, Mohammad
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.122
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Palestine and the Palestinians: A Journey Though Time is a course devoted to understanding Palestinian history, politics and culture. In an attempt to understand and analyze the Palestinian experience, the course draws on materials taken from scholarship, memoirs, poetry, fiction, folk stories, music, photography and films (feature & documentary). Since the course is taught in Arabic, English materials will be used only when they are not available in Arabic. The course addresses the very important issue of the universality of the Palestinian experience.

Texts

Selection from The Torah, The Bible and The Qur'an.Excerpts from Arabic history books regarding Islamic conquests, the Crusades.UN resolutions on the question of PalestineSelections from Palestinian poetsThe Question of Palestine, by Edward W. Said. New York, Vintage Books; 1992. Before Their Diaspora, by Walid Khalidi; IPS, 2004. Men in the Sun and other Palestinian Stories, by Ghassan Kanafani; Rienner, 1999

Grading: 

Participation 30%; Reaction papers 30%; Presentation 20%; Paper 20%

ARA 360L • Profsnl Transltn In Arabic

40424 • Mendoza, Michael
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CAL 22
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This course aims to provide students with an overview of the most pertinent theories of the translation field. Theories and issues to be covered would include but not be limited to: cultural transposition, literal vs. free translation, translation loss, compensation in translation, denotative and connotative translation issues, discourse cohesion, etc. Additionally, the course aims to help students to develop their translation skills and technique via contexts and opportunities such as class discussions, assignments, and computer assisted learning forums. Students will engage challenges frequently met by professional translators in genres which largely dominate the professional and private sectors. In addition to the materials listed below which will provide the technical and theoretical lenses as methodologies of translation, students would work with authentic texts and materials to be selected by the instructor and, in some cases, according to the students’ areas of interest with the instructor’s approval.

Prerequisites: Students will be eligible for the course after successful completion of 3 years of UT Austin Arabic, its equivalent, or as placed by the Arabic program coordinator.

Texts

1. Exploring translation theories / Anthony Pym. London; New York: Routledge, 2010. 2. al-Kitābah wa-al-uslūb / Waḥīd Sāmī. Arabic writing for style al-Qāhirah : Qism al-Nashr bi-al-Jāmiʻah al-Amrīkīyah, 1999. 3. Adawāt al-rabṭ fī al-ʻArabīyah al-muʻāṣirah / taʼlīf Aḥmad Ṭāhir Ḥasanayn, Nārīmān Nāʼilī al-Warrāqī. Connectors in modern standard Arabic al-Qāhirah : Qism al-Dirāsāt al-ʻArabīyah, al-jāmiʻah al-Amrīkīyah, 1984. 4. Translator self-training, Arabic : practical course in technical translation / Morry Sofer. Rockville, Md. : Schreiber Pub., c2002. 5. A to Z of Arabic-English-Arabic translation / Ronak Husni and Daniel L. Newman. London : Saqi, c2013. 6. English-Arabic/Arabic-English translation : a practical guide / Basil Hatim. London : Saqi Books, 1997 7. Thinking Arabic translation : a course in translation method : Arabic to English / James Dickins, Sándor Hervey, Ian Higgins. London ; New York : Routledge, 2002. 8. Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic. Wehr, H. A Third or Fourth edition.

Grading

Participation 20%, Homework 25%, HW Corrections 5%, Writing Portfolio 25%, Final Project 25%

 

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