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Jason Schroepfer

M.A. Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

Jason Schroepfer

Biography

I started studying Arabic at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in 2003.  A few years later I continued the study of Arabic at U.C. Berkeley where I obtained a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures in 2009.  More importantly, it was during this time period I discovered that I was more drawn towards the field of Linguistics. I applied to the Arabic Studies program (with a concentration in linguistics) here at UT and I was accepted in 2010! After my first year of graduate study, I was fortunate enough to recieve a Center for Arabic Studies Abroad (CASA) fellowship from 2011-2012.  Not only did I use this opportunity to develop my Arabic proficiency, but I also did some field research on upper Egyptian Arabic dialects.  

I wrote my M.A. thesis under the supervision of Dr. Brustad and Dr. Meyers (a phonologist in the Linguistics department). It is titled:  Raḥla Lughawīya fī il-Lahajāt il-Ṣa‘īdīya: A Phonological Approach to Language Contact in Upper Egypt.  The goal of my thesis was to describe certain phonetic and phonological features in the sampled dialects as well as analyzing some of the effects of surrounding language communities on these dialects.  

I plan on continuing future research on Ṣa‘īdī Arabic. I am pretty excited about this topic's potential.

Interests

Arabic dialectology, phonology, language contact, sociolinguistics

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40365 • Spring 2015
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 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41445 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 900am-1000am 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.

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