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

Laila Familiar

Lecturer M.A. 2008, American University- Cairo

Laila Familiar

Contact

  • Phone: 471-0866
  • Office: CAL 416
  • Office Hours: Spring 2012: Tuesday and Thursday 2-3:30
  • Campus Mail Code: F9400

Interests

Teaching Arabic as a foreign language

ARA 531L • Intensive Arabic Vi

41865 • Spring 2014
Meets MF 900am-1000am CAL 422
(also listed as ARA 381N )
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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 • Intensive Arabic Vi

41870 • Spring 2014
Meets MF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.212
(also listed as ARA 381N )
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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 381N • Intensive Arabic Vi

41940 • Spring 2014
Meets MF 900am-1000am CAL 422
(also listed as ARA 531L )
show description

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 381N • Intensive Arabic Vi

41945 • Spring 2014
Meets MF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.212
(also listed as ARA 531L )
show description

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 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41675 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.206
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This is the third in a sequence of courses aimed at developing proficiency in Arabic language and culture. By the end of this course, students are expected to reach at least the Intermediate-Mid level of proficiency in Arabic through engaging in the following:

  • Speaking in Standard and Colloquial Arabic at basic paragraph level about familiar topics (family, friends, travel, career plans, shopping, likes and dislikes, etc.)
  •  Reading by using new strategies such as skimming to get an overview of what a text is about and how it is structured; scanning for specific information; inferring meaning from context through application of grammatical knowledge, deduction and real world knowledge; parsing and analyzing complex sentences; using the system of “Wazn” and “Jadhr” to learn and guess the meaning of new words, identifying and ignoring inaccessible parts of a text, using the Arabic dictionary more efficiently.
  • Listening to original and authentic video programs and identifying the main themes/ideas within each program using strategies similar to those employed in reading.  
  • Writing in simple paragraphs about familiar topics.
  • Learning about aspects of Arab culture related to family life, celebrations and festivals, calendar, markets and shopping, etc.

Texts

  1. Al-kitaab fii tacallum al-carabiya – Part 1
  2. Audio-visual materials online via Blackboard
  3. Arabic-English dictionary (Wehr, H. A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic)
  4. Arabic-English dictionary (Baalbaki, M. Al-Mawrid)
  5. All materials from the textbook can be found in MP3 files on the following website: http://dev.laits.utexas.edu/arabic_teaching_resources
  6. ASwaat cArabiya” website: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/aswaat

Grading

Attendance and Participation %15, Homework and Corrections, %25, Writing and corrections %10, Quizzes %20, Oral presentation and interview %10, Final Exam %20

ARA 360L • Readings In Arabic Literature

41715 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BEN 1.126
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In this course students will read Arabic short stories by different authors from various Arab countries and they will occasionally listen to audiovisuals related to different socio-cultural issues tackled by those authors. Students will also lead class discussions, write essays related to the short stories and their content, and will occasionally engage in literary creative writing activities. Through exposure to original literary texts from different styles students will develop effective reading skills and through exposure to written and aural texts they will get learn about a wide variety of socio-cultural phenomena. By the end of the semester students are expected to have an Advanced-High/Superior level of Arabic.

Texts

Short stories by contemporary Arab authors, from all over the Arab World. In Arabic.

Grading: 

Class attendance & participation (20%), Leading Class Discussions (10%), HW & Writing assignments (40%), Oral Commentary (10%), Final paper (20%)

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41115 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm PAR 306
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This is the third in a sequence of courses aimed at developing proficiency in Arabic language and culture. By the end of this course, students are expected to reach at least the Intermediate-Mid level of proficiency in Arabic through engaging in the following:

  • Speaking in Standard and Colloquial Arabic at basic paragraph level about familiar topics (family, friends, travel, career plans, shopping, likes and dislikes, etc.)
  •  Reading by using new strategies such as skimming to get an overview of what a text is about and how it is structured; scanning for specific information; inferring meaning from context through application of grammatical knowledge, deduction and real world knowledge; parsing and analyzing complex sentences; using the system of “Wazn” and “Jadhr” to learn and guess the meaning of new words, identifying and ignoring inaccessible parts of a text, using the Arabic dictionary more efficiently.
  • Listening to original and authentic video programs and identifying the main themes/ideas within each program using strategies similar to those employed in reading.  
  • Writing in simple paragraphs about familiar topics.
  • Learning about aspects of Arab culture related to family life, celebrations and festivals, calendar, markets and shopping, etc.

Texts

  1. Al-kitaab fii tacallum al-carabiya – Part 1
  2. Audio-visual materials online via Blackboard
  3. Arabic-English dictionary (Wehr, H. A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic)
  4. Arabic-English dictionary (Baalbaki, M. Al-Mawrid)
  5. All materials from the textbook can be found in MP3 files on the following website: http://dev.laits.utexas.edu/arabic_teaching_resources
  6. ASwaat cArabiya” website: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/aswaat

Grading

Attendance and Participation %15, Homework and Corrections, %25, Writing and corrections %10, Quizzes %20, Oral presentation and interview %10, Final Exam %20

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41120 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.206
show description

This is the third in a sequence of courses aimed at developing proficiency in Arabic language and culture. By the end of this course, students are expected to reach at least the Intermediate-Mid level of proficiency in Arabic through engaging in the following:

  • Speaking in Standard and Colloquial Arabic at basic paragraph level about familiar topics (family, friends, travel, career plans, shopping, likes and dislikes, etc.)
  •  Reading by using new strategies such as skimming to get an overview of what a text is about and how it is structured; scanning for specific information; inferring meaning from context through application of grammatical knowledge, deduction and real world knowledge; parsing and analyzing complex sentences; using the system of “Wazn” and “Jadhr” to learn and guess the meaning of new words, identifying and ignoring inaccessible parts of a text, using the Arabic dictionary more efficiently.
  • Listening to original and authentic video programs and identifying the main themes/ideas within each program using strategies similar to those employed in reading.  
  • Writing in simple paragraphs about familiar topics.
  • Learning about aspects of Arab culture related to family life, celebrations and festivals, calendar, markets and shopping, etc.

Texts

  1. Al-kitaab fii tacallum al-carabiya – Part 1
  2. Audio-visual materials online via Blackboard
  3. Arabic-English dictionary (Wehr, H. A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic)
  4. Arabic-English dictionary (Baalbaki, M. Al-Mawrid)
  5. All materials from the textbook can be found in MP3 files on the following website: http://dev.laits.utexas.edu/arabic_teaching_resources
  6. ASwaat cArabiya” website: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/aswaat

Grading

Attendance and Participation %15, Homework and Corrections, %25, Writing and corrections %10, Quizzes %20, Oral presentation and interview %10, Final Exam %20

ARA 621L • Intensive Arabic IV

41145 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 2.122
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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

41150 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.118
show description

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 381L • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn IV

41225 • Spring 2012
Meets
show description

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

To be provided by instructor.

Texts

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

ARA 531K • Intensive Arabic V

41120 • Fall 2011
Meets MW 1000am-1100am MEZ 2.210
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This course is the fifth semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

 

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part Two with DVDs 

 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

 

ARA 360L • Readings In Arabic Literature

41130 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.206
show description

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 360L • Readings In Arabic Literature

41133 • Fall 2011
Meets T 330pm-500pm MEZ 2.202
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Through historical and political writings, literature, music, and blogs, this course will examine the phenomenon of “The Arab Spring” that swept many countries in the Arab world starting in December 2010. The course will analyze the root causes of the revolutions and popular movements that created this “Spring” and examine the political, social, and cultural developments that occurred in their wake. The course will place special emphasis on examining the role that the Internet and Satellite TV played in paving the way for this phenomenal change in the Arab world. The course will be conducted entirely in Arabic and will expose students to a wide variety of written and video texts and provide opportunities for extensive writing in Arabic. It requires Advanced proficiency in Arabic in all skills.

Texts/Readings

The course will utilize various text and video materials that will be made available to students via Blackboard.

ARA 531L • Intensive Arabic Vi

41545 • Spring 2011
Meets MW 900am-1000am MEZ 2.210
show description

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.

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 • Intensive Arabic Vi

41550 • Spring 2011
Meets MW 1100am-1200pm PAR 101
show description

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 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41147 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 2.202
show description

This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part One with DVDs

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41148 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm MEZ 1.206
show description

This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part One with DVDs

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

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