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

Mahmoud Al-Batal

Professor Ph.D. - 1985, Michigan - Ann Arbor

Director, Arabic Flagship Program. Professor
Mahmoud Al-Batal

Contact

  • Phone: 471-3463
  • Office: CAL 414
  • Office Hours: Spring 2012: Thursdays 1:30-5:00
  • Campus Mail Code: F9400

Interests

Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language

ARA 531L • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn Vi

40410 • Spring 2015
Meets MF 900am-1000am CAL 422
(also listed as ARA 381N )
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 531L • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn Vi

40415 • Spring 2015
Meets MF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.206
(also listed as ARA 381N )
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 381J • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn II

40435 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 800am-900am MEZ 1.206
show description

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. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

 

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

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


Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 381J • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn II

40440 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 900am-1000am MEZ 1.206
show description

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. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

 

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

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


Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 381J • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn II

40445 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 2.118
show description

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. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

 

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

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


Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 381J • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn II

40450 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.206
show description

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. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

 

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

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


Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 381J • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn II

40455 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm CAL 21
show description

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. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

 

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

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


Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 381J • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn II

40460 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm MEZ 1.206
show description

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. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

 

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

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


Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 381N • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn Vi

40475 • Spring 2015
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 • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn Vi

40480 • Spring 2015
Meets MF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.206
(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 • Intensv Grad Lang Instruc III

41470 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.122
(also listed as ARA 381K )
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 • Intensv Grad Lang Instruc III

41475 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.208
(also listed as ARA 381K )
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 • Intensv Grad Lang Instruc III

41480 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.216
(also listed as ARA 381K )
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 360L • The Arab Spring

41518 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 1200pm-130pm CAL 422
show description

This content-based course aims to examine the evolution of the “Arab Spring” from its inception in January 2011 to the present. In this course we will

  • discuss the “Arab Spring” phenomenon and the popular mobilization that triggered it,
  • discuss the current state of the Arab Spring and the different transformations it has undergone in the various countries that experienced it,
  • explore the multitude of viewpoints and positions throughout the Arab world regarding the Arab Spring and its present and future,
  • study the various manifestations of the Arab Spring in the political, economic, and social spheres as well as in the media and the arts, and
  • help participants in class develop their Arabic language skills through extensive immersion in the content.

The course is intended for advanced-level students of Arabic and will be conducted entirely in Arabic.

Requirements:

To enroll in this course, you need Advanced level of proficiency in Arabic (the equivalent of 3 years of Arabic at UT). Non-UT students need to take an Arabic placement exam before enrolling.

Readings:

We will utilize a wide variety of texts (written, audio, and video) that will be made available to students on Canvas.

Final Grade Calculation

Class preparation and participation                                   25%

Leading class discussion (once per semester)                   5%

Preparing bi-weekly vocabulary lists                                 20%

Bi-weekly commentaries on the readings                          25%

Final project (paper + video presentation)                                   25%

ARA 381K • Intensv Grad Lang Instruc III

41560 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.122
(also listed as ARA 621K )
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 381K • Intensv Grad Lang Instruc III

41565 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.208
(also listed as ARA 621K )
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 381K • Intensv Grad Lang Instruc III

41570 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.216
(also listed as ARA 621K )
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 383C • Curriculum Design In Arabic

41955 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.122
show description

This Arabic seminar is intended for graduate students interested in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). We will examine some of the components involved in curriculum design and development such as needs analysis, learning outcomes, instructional materials, teacher preparation, assessment, etc, as they apply to the TAFL field. In addition, we will explore three curricular models that have been widely used in teaching foreign languages over the past twenty years: Proficiency-based instruction, Task-based instruction, and Content-based instruction. Each curricular model will be examined in depth in terms of its: 1) theoretical underpinnings, 2) classroom applications, and 3) suitability for Arabic curriculum design.

Texts

Ricahrds, Jack C. Curriculum Development in Language Teaching, Cambridge University Press, 2001.Brinton, Donna et al. Content-Based Second Language Instruction, The University of Michigan Press, 2003.Nunan, David. Task-Based Language Teaching, Cambridge university Press, 2004.

Grading

Preparation and class participation: 30%Bi-weekly short commentary papers: 30%Revisions of commentaries: 10%Final research paper: 30%

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41682 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am CAL 422
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 383C • Teaching Arabic As Frgn Lang

41790 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm CAL 422
show description

This graduate seminar aims to introduce students to core issues related to the teaching and learning of Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). Its ultimate goal is to further prepare you to become a successful teacher of Arabic and help you develop a teaching philosophy grounded in recent theories and practices of language pedagogy.Beyond the language classroom, the principles and techniques we will engage in this seminar are applicable across the curriculum, because they focus on active learning, student engagement, and managing class time effectively.  More specifically, this seminar aims to help you to:-develop a comprehensive understanding of the main theories and approaches involved in language learning and teaching,-understand the various components of the language curriculum,-become familiar with proficiency-based teaching, the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, and the National Standards for world languages and how to incorporate these Guidelines and Standards in teaching Arabic,-learn about the various approaches to teaching the different language skills,-recognize the role of evaluation and assessment within the curriculum and learn how to construct assessment tools that are aligned with learning outcomes and classroom activities,-learn about learning strategies and how to incorporate strategic-based training in your teaching,-design learner-centered lesson plans and implement them in class, and-reflect about yourself as a learner and teacher and embark on a life-long process of self-assessment and examination of attitudes and beliefs about learning and teaching.Texts1.    Brandll, Klaus. Communicative Language teaching in Action, 2008.2.    Johnson, Keith. An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching, 2008.3.    Hedge, Tricia. Teaching and Learning in the Languages Classroom, 2000.4.    Foreign Language Teaching Methods Modules, available at http://coerll.utexas.edu/methods/5.    Other reading materials that will be made available on Blackboard.GradingPreparation and participation 25%Three class visits reports 20%Planning and conducting your micro-teaching session 20%Final project 35%

ARA 387 • Modern Arab Thought

41405 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.206
(also listed as MES 386 )
show description

This seminar aims to examine the core issues that occupied Arab intellectuals from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. We will examine issues such as Islam and modernity, Arabs and the West, democracy and political change, Arab nationalism, secularism and Islamism within the historical, socio-political, and cultural contexts within which they emerged.

Texts

Readings will be selected from writings of a wide variety of Arab intellectuals including: Mohammad Abdu, Farah Anton, Taha Hussein, Salaama Musa, Louis Awad, Sayyid Qutub, Adunis, Mohammad Abed Al-Jabri, Khalida Sa`iid, Sadiq Jalal al-AZm, Abd al-Ilaah bilqiziiz, Nawal al-Saadawi, and Fatima al-Marnissi.

Grading: 

Preparation and participation 30%; Class Presentation 5%; 6 short reaction papers on the readings 35%; Final paper 30%.      

MES 386 • Modern Arab Thought

41995 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.206
(also listed as ARA 387 )
show description

This seminar aims to examine the core issues that occupied Arab intellectuals from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. We will examine issues such as Islam and modernity, Arabs and the West, democracy and political change, Arab nationalism, secularism and Islamism within the historical, socio-political, and cultural contexts within which they emerged.

Texts

Readings will be selected from writings of a wide variety of Arab intellectuals including: Mohammad Abdu, Farah Anton, Taha Hussein, Salaama Musa, Louis Awad, Sayyid Qutub, Adunis, Mohammad Abed Al-Jabri, Khalida Sa`iid, Sadiq Jalal al-AZm, Abd al-Ilaah bilqiziiz, Nawal al-Saadawi, and Fatima al-Marnissi.

Grading: 

Preparation and participation 30%; Class Presentation 5%; 6 short reaction papers on the readings 35%; Final paper 30%.      

ARA 360L • The Arab Spring

41157 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm MEZ 1.206
show description

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.

Grading Policy

Preparation & Participation:                                        20%Class Presentation (15-20 minutes):                            10%Bi-Weekly Vocabulary Worksheets (8-10 words)       20%Bi-Weekly Reaction Papers (2-3 Pages):                      30%Final Paper (8 pages):                                                   20%   

ARA 387 • Issues In Modern Arab Society

41165 • Fall 2011
Meets MW 330pm-500pm CAL 323
show description

In this graduate seminar, students will examine in depth a number of key issues related to modern Arab societies as reflected in the writings of some of the leading Arab intellectuals in the 20th century. Among the issues that we will discuss are the following: patriarchy and family structure, gender and women issues, Islam and its effects on social organization and practices, globalization and its impact on Arab societies, economic change and social transformation.

All reaction papers and the final papers will be submitted in Arabic. In addition, each student will be asked to: 1)choose a discussion topic for one of the class sessions, 2)select the readings for the session, and 3)lead the discussion in class on the selected topic. Taught in Arabic.

 

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 372 • Arab World: Culture & Society

41593 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am SAC 5.102
(also listed as ISL 373, MES 323K )
show description

This course will focus on the cultures and societies of the Arabic-speaking world. Its objective is to help students develop an understanding of the historical, religious, political and social contexts of the modern Arab world. Particular attention will be placed on modernization and globalization and their impact on the peoples and cultures of the Arab world.

 

Texts:

Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, Suad AmiryA History of the Modern Middle East (4th ed), William L Cleveland and Martin BuntonOther articles on Blackboard

 

Grading:

Participation and discussion     30%Reaction papers     40%Final paper     30%

ISL 373 • Arab World: Culture & Society

41935 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am SAC 5.102
(also listed as ARA 372, MES 323K )
show description

This course will focus on the cultures and societies of the Arabic-speaking world. Its objective is to help students develop an understanding of the historical, religious, political and social contexts of the modern Arab world. Particular attention will be placed on modernization and globalization and their impact on the peoples and cultures of the Arab world.

 

Texts:

Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, Suad AmiryA History of the Modern Middle East (4th ed), William L Cleveland and Martin BuntonOther articles on Blackboard

 

Grading:

Participation and discussion     30%Reaction papers     40%Final paper     30%

MES 323K • Arab World: Culture & Society

42135 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am SAC 5.102
(also listed as ARA 372, ISL 373 )
show description

This course will focus on the cultures and societies of the Arabic-speaking world. Its objective is to help students develop an understanding of the historical, religious, political and social contexts of the modern Arab world. Particular attention will be placed on modernization and globalization and their impact on the peoples and cultures of the Arab world.

 

Texts:

Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, Suad AmiryA History of the Modern Middle East (4th ed), William L Cleveland and Martin BuntonOther articles on Blackboard

 

Grading:

Participation and discussion     30%Reaction papers     40%Final paper     30%

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41078 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 2.202
show description

This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 360L • Issues In Contemp Arab Society

41700 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm GAR 0.128
show description

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 360L • Issues In Contemp Arab Society

41945 • Fall 2009
Meets MW 500pm-630pm MEZ 1.206
show description

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 360L • Lebanon: Formatn/Transformatn

41947 • Fall 2009
Meets MW 500pm-630pm MEZ 1.206
(also listed as MES 323K )
show description

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.

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