Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

40315 • Schroepfer, Jason
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. 


ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

40320 • Mendoza, Michael
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.118
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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 601C • Intensive Arabic I

40325 • Leddy-Cecere, Thomas
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.122
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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. 


ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

40330 • Mohammad, Mohammad
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm 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 601C • Intensive Arabic I

40335 • Sokhey, Navdeep
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm 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 621K • Intensv Grad Lang Instruc III

40340 • Brustad, Kristen
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am JES A207A
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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

40345 • Brustad, Kristen
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm JES A307A
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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 327K • Adv Spoken Media Arabic I

40350 • Housen, Ghada
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm GAR 0.120
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This the first of a two-course sequence. The objective of both classes is to train advanced students with interest in Middle Eastern and Arab current affairs in print and electronic media in the Arab world. Although the nuances of reporting and speaking publicly will be explored in detail, the course is an Arabic-as-a-foreign-language one. The ultimate objective of the course is for students to be able to conduct a press conference entirely in Arabic. The students will gain deep expertise in and about the Arabic media. We will be looking into the interplay between language, political culture and cultural identity. The course will focus on the two language skills: public speaking and 'public' listening. Students will read, listen to and view authentic and current materials from different Arab media sources, notably Al-Jazeera, BBC, Youtube, etc., and some select commentaries by some interesting columnists in the Arabic Press.

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

Grading

To be provided by instructor.


ARA 531K • Intensv Grad Lang Instructn V

40370 • Brustad, Kristen
Meets MF 900am-1000am MEZ 1.202
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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 531K • Intensive Arabic V

40375 • El Barouni, Radwa
Meets MF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 2.118
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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 • Arab Gulf States In 21st C

40380 • Mendoza, Michael
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 214
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The aims of this upper level, advanced Arabic content based course are 1) to provide students with a deeper understanding of some of the key social, political, and economic challenges which face the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in the 21st century and how those challenges fuel the larger, ongoing debate about what constitutes the changing identity of the Gulf States in the 21st century; and 2) to develop the working knowledge of the Gulf dialect variety for advanced students of Arabic who take the course. Within the larger framework of understanding the current Gulf States’ identity paradigm shift, we will focus on the following questions throughout the course: given the political tensions and diverse ethnic and religious constituencies within the GCC, is the future of the organization and its member states’ perceived common interests secure? Why/why not? How do people self-identify in GCC societies, and what kinds of tensions are felt based on the plurality of identity associations? Are those tensions ethnic, classist/economic, gender, sectarian, linguistic or cultural in origin, etc., or; are there intersections of conflict in which varied combinations of the aforementioned issues converge? How is the growing presence of American universities affecting societies and precipitating social change? For example, does the large presence of foreign populations and imported education systems affect the language, and in turn the culture and rising youth populations? Why/why not? How are GCC countries reacting to the violence in Iraq and Syria? Are conceptions of gender changing, and if so, how? These goals will be accomplished through reading and watching television programming, news media production, and literary and cultural production coming from the Gulf which aims to inform its audiences, either explicitly or implicitly, about a variety of beliefs and values to be either espoused or rejected. Working with both fiction and non-fiction, we will read and/or watch excerpts from the novel Banaat Riyadh by Saudi writer Rajaa Al-Saanie, and Hubbun fee Al-Sa’uudiya by Ibrahim Badi, the popular TV cartoon Fareej, the Ramadan TV series, Binaat Al-Thaniwiyya, compare and contrast the news programming of Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiyya as well as smaller locally produced news such as Al-Rayya and Doha News, we will also follow the writings/Blogs/Vlogs and social media spaces and forums occupied by leading GCC intellectuals and social critics such as Firas Begna on Youtube, Amal Al-Malki on Twitter, Sultan Al-Qassemi via Twitter/various newspapers & publications, The Gulf Pulse (Arabic Online Newspaper), Shabina Khatry via Twitter and her various publications, Manal Al-Sharif via Twitter and her Blog.

Texts

Television Series: FurSa Thaaniya; Fareej, Musaawaah, Gulf States, The : A Modern History Commins, David Hubb fii As-Sa'uudiyya, Bady, Ibrahim Binaat Ar-Riyaadh, Al-Saani', Rejaa` http://www.aljazeera.net/portal http://www.dmi.ae/samadubai/ http://www.alarabiya.net/

Grading Policy

Participation 20%

Homework 20%

Oral Presentation 10%

Writing Portfolio 25%

Final Project 25%



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