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

Anthony Edwards

Assistant Instructor

Ph.D. Candidate
Anthony Edwards

Biography

At the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Anthony "Antoine" Edwards is pursuing a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, focusing on Arab Intellectual History and Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). His primary research examines the role of the Arabic language in the construction of Arab intellectual identity in the Levant of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Before coming to The University of Texas at Austin, Antoine earned both his A.B. and M.A. in Arabic from Georgetown University. While completing his undergraduate studies, he studied in Egypt twice and Yemen. Upon completion of his M.A., he received a Fulbright Grant to conduct research on language planning at the Arabic Language Majma' (Academy) in Damascus, examing its role in the formation of a Arab national identity in Syria. In addition to research, Antoine enjoys teaching Arabic and is excited to try new pedogogical techniques in the language classroom.

Interests

Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL), Classical Arabic Grammar & Lexicography, the Arab Nahḍa

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41830 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.206
(also listed as ARA 381J )
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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 381J • Intensive Arabic II

41915 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.206
(also listed as ARA 611C )
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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. 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 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41670 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 800am-900am MEZ 1.206
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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 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41120 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 2.102
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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 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41055 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 900am-1000am PAR 304
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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. 

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