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

Nesrine Basheer

PhD Student/Assistant Instructor, MA in Applied Linguistics, Columbia University; BA in English Language and Literature, Ain Shams University

Nesrine Basheer

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Biography

Nesrine Basheer has over ten years of experience as a foreign language instructor. Her experience includes teaching English at the British Council in Cairo and the American University in Cairo (AUC) to teaching Arabic at the AUC, the United Nations, the City University of New York and the University of Maryland. 
 
In 2009, she came to the US as a Fulbright student and graduated with a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2011. Nesrine also has a diploma in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from the AUC.
 
In the Fall 2011, Nesrine joined UT to pursue her doctoral studies in Arabic linguistics. Her main area of interest is the testing and assessment of Arabic proficiency. In addition, she is interested in the acquisition of dialects and language performance. 

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41825 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm GDC 2.410
(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

41910 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm GDC 2.410
(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 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41680 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.208
(also listed as ARA 381K )
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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 381K • Intensive Arabic III

41760 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.208
(also listed as ARA 621K )
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 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41270 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.118
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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 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41095 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 2.122
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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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