Required Course Materials
- Brustad, Kristen, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi. Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya: a Textbook for Intermediate Arabic, Part One and Two. 3rd ed. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.
- Textbook companion website: www.alkitaabtextbook.com.
Alkitab one third edition lessons 11-13
Alkitab two third edition lessons 1-7
- Wehr, Hans. A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic. 3rd or 4th ed.
- Dialect materials ( It’s up to you to decide. Dialect is very important and we want our students to communicate normally with natives)
- Media materials (A great tool to have more training on listening and reading skills)
By the end of the semester abroad , in shaa’ allaah, students are expected to reach the Intermediate High level or higher of proficiency in Arabic. To realize this objective in, Students need work on the following
- Increasing vocabulary to encompass both daily needs and topics of wider interest
- Recognizing, comprehending, and actively using new grammatical structures
- Speaking extensively in class within group activities, using both formal Arabic (MSA) and dialect to develop ability to express oneself and communicate effectively on more wider and general topics
- Listening to authentic and pedagogically-prepared materials in both formal Arabic (MSA) and the dialects.
- Reading authentic and pedagogically-prepared passaged inside and outside of class to develop reading speed, endurance, and strategies
- Writing and editing long compositions to activate and build vocabulary; developing ability to narrate, and to express opinions in natural, accurate language
- Developing reading and listen strategies in Arabic using techniques such as:
- Skimming to get an overview of a text’s topic and structure before reading
- Scanning texts to extract specific information
- Inferring meaning from context and through application of grammatical knowledge, deduction, and real-world knowledge
- Parsing and analyzing complex sentences
- Using the system of “root and pattern” to learn and guess the meaning of new words
- Identifying and ignoring inaccessible portions of a text
- Using the dictionary efficiently
Course Requirements: Students must do abroad.
- Written homework to be handed in such as drills
- Online Homework from the companion website (at least 70% of it)
- Quizzes ( at least 5 during the semester)
- Oral assignments ( 3 different big oral assignments)
(Individual/group PowerPoint class Presentations- skits - video projects- final interviews-….)
- Essays ( Must be written on word documents and not by hand, at least 5 written assignments)
- Final writing project ( Should be free, at least 1000 words)
- Final assessment