Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Caroline Najour

Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, M.A., American University of Beirut,



Teaching Arabic as a foreign language, contemporary Arabic fiction, Arabic language and culture, Francophone literature, colonial and postcolonial studies, feminist critical theory, and modern Middle Eastern history


Caroline Najour earned her Ph. D in Humanities-Studies in Literature from the University of Texas- Dallas in 2013.  Her dissertation examines western characters at the intersection of coloniality, gender and modernity in a set of Arab contemporary novels. Focusing on Arabic, English, and French languages and 20th century fiction, her research engages Arabic language and culture, Arabic modern fiction, the novel as a genre, Francophone literature, colonial and postcolonial studies, feminist critical theory, and modern Middle Eastern history.

Najour is currently pursuing an M. A. in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language at the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught courses on rhetoric and composition at the University of Texas at Dallas as well as translation and English composition at the Lebanese University. She is currently teaching Intensive Arabic II. 


ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

41840 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm MEZ 1.206

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.


To be provided by instructor.


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.

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