ARAB 101   Beginning Arabic

Amir Moosavi

M T W Th .

8:50-9:50 am



Cross-listed:  Africana Studies, Middle Eastern Studies   Students are trained through the use of the most current pedagogical developments of communicative, visual and narrative methods developed by primarily AL-Kitaab fii Ta` allum al- `Arabiyya. Students will enlarge their speaking, reading, writing and comprehension skills in Modern Standard Arabic, the form of Arabic shared by all Arab countries. Classroom time is devoted to conversation (skits and discussions) and grammar exercises (including skim-reading tasks, spiraling and inference, analogy, problem solving, and educated guessing), stemming from the DVDs and other untainted materials. For example, in the course of the semester you will learn Arabic through a variety of musical traditions both classical and modern. The course will continue to introduce students to some Egyptian colloquial. Consistent emphasis is placed on authentic resources that derive from the most updated cultural contexts, realities and creative work of the Arab world such as gender issues, Arab-Muslim and Arab-Christian traditions, social clubs, ethnic groups, the role of the media etc. Students are expected to devote adequate time for homework, meet with a tutor every week to help them with homework and attend a session of Spoken Arabic.   Class size: 22



ARAB 201   Intermediate Arabic

Amir Moosavi

M . W Th .

11:50 -1:10 pm

HEG 201


Cross-listed: Africana Studies, Middle Eastern Studies   This course will focus on the functional use of Arabic in a natural communication setting. The four basic linguistic skills will be dealt with simultaneously. Active and passive lexicon as well as advanced grammatical structures will be taught through exposure to a wide range of texts. Aspects of Arab culture and differences between Modern Standard Arabic and the spoken language will be highlighted. Conducted mainly in Modern Standard Arabic.   Class size: 15



ARAB 301   Advanced Arabic

Amir Moosavi

. T . Th .

1:30 -2:50 pm

OLIN 302


Cross-listed: Africana Studies, Middle Eastern Studies   The course focuses on developing a significant level of linguistic and communicative competence in the language.  The four linguistic skills will be dealt with simultaneously.  Modern literary and expository texts, as well as a selection of texts from Arab media will be read to expand active and passive lexicon and grammatical structures.  Differences between modern standard Arabic as well as aspects of Arab cultures will be highlighted.  Class size: 15