ARAB-111
Credit Hours:
4
Beginning Arabic I
This is an introductory course to Arabic language and culture. It assumes no previous knowledge of Arabic and provides a thorough grounding in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It starts with the alphabet and the number system and builds the four skills gradually and systematically through carefully selected and organized materials focusing on specific, concrete and familiar topics such as self identification, family, travel, food, renting an apartment, study, the weather, etc. This course follows the underlying philosophy of the integrated approach to Arabic language instruction and explaining culture. It is based on the integration of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and spoken dialectical Arabic (Levantine) in a way that reflects the actual use of language by its native speakers. This technically leads to the creation of a new mixed variety of MSA and educated spoken Arabic. The new variety, also termed the "middle language" or alternatively "the language of educated Arabs" consists of combined features of both varieties on the phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic levels.
ARAB-112
Credit Hours:
4
Beginning Arabic II
This sequential course builds on its pre-requisite (ARAB-111). It aims at further developing the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Themes covered during the course of the semester include: food and restaurants, shopping, the Mall, studying and education, jobs, doctors and health, transportation, weather, sports & hobbies, touristic places (Jordan, Palestine).
ARAB-199
Credit Hours:
1-4
Introductory Topics in Arabic
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
ARAB-211
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Arabic I
This is an intermediate level course in Arabic. Similar to its prerequisite ARAB 112, the course follows the same philosophy of integrating Modern Standard Arabic and spoken Arabic to reflect the language as used by native speakers. The course continues building upon the linguistic foundations started in ARAB 111, and ARAB 112 and aims at developing the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing through two graded levels: for the first half of the semester (the first 8 weeks), you will study topics that are centered around your daily life and activities. The second half of the semester takes you to a more advanced level where you will discuss topics that are moved away from the self and more of a general nature like the history and geography of the Arab world, education, etc. You will also be reading longer passages (250-350 word), writing on the paragraph level, listening to longer texts, and producing longer conversations. In addition, the course continues the practice of introducing Arab society, history, and culture. Overall, the course aims at improving students' linguistic knowledge from the Novice to the Intermediate Mid level, according to the ACTFL proficiency guidelines.
ARAB-212
Credit Hours:
4
Intermediate Arabic II
This course continues building upon the linguistic foundations started in ARAB-211. It aims at developing a higher level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Arabic through the extensive use of graded materials on a wide variety of topics. The material covered is theme-based. This increases both quality and quantity of students' vocabulary and they will have more fluency and facility in understanding the language and communicating ideas with it. The themes covered include: Arab cities, Arabic language, food & drinks, health, sports, travelling & transportation and weather.
ARAB-299
Credit Hours:
1-4
Intermediate Topics in Arabic
A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.
ARAB-300
Credit Hours:
4
Special Topics in Arabic
This course will further develop students' linguistic skills in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Specific topics will vary according to the interests of students and faculty. Prerequisite: Arabic 211 or equivalent.
ARAB-311
Credit Hours:
4
Advanced Arabic I
This is an advanced Arabic course that requires the completion of Intermediate Arabic II (ARAB 212) as its prerequisite. While this course continues to build upon the linguistic skills of ARAB 212, Advanced Arabic I (ARAB 311) primarily focuses on developing fluency in oral expression with the hope to reach to a native-like pronunciation (using educated spoken Arabic) and demonstrating accurate use of grammatical structures of Modern Standard Arabic. The material used for this course is chosen in such a way that develops students' linguistic skills across two proficiency levels: For the first 8 weeks of this semester, student will be dealing with topics at the intermediate high level including: law, politics in the Arab World, Palestine, military affairs, environment, and animals in the Arab World. For the second half of the semester, students proficiency level will be develop to handle topics at the mid advanced level, according to the ACTFL criteria. These topics are presented through authentic and unedited Arabic language materials on topics like minorities in the Arab World, Arab Americans, Arabic Language, health and sports.
ARAB-315
Credit Hours:
4
Culture of the Arab World
This course is an introduction to the culture of the Arab world. It aims at giving a comprehensive picture about Arabs and their culture. Students will read books and articles on a wide range of disciplines: history, geography, linguistics, anthropology, economy, women studies, politics and international relations, media, environment and religion. In addition, the course addresses the relationship between the Arab world and the West and issues like stereotyping (on both sides), anti-Americanism, and Islamic fundamentalism.
ARAB-361
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study
ARAB-362
Credit Hours:
1-4
Directed Study