Courses for Fall 2014

  • First-Year Arabic

    Builds basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, introducing the Arabic language in its cultural environment. Six contact hours per week, with an emphasis on grammar and communication, plus written, audio, and video assignments outside of class. This is the first half of a year-long course whose first semester grade is normally a temporary one. Neither semester may be elected independently without special written permission. The final grade at the end of the course work in ARAB 0200 covers the entire year and is recorded as the final grade for both semesters. If course is full, please sign the wait list in Room 205, 195 Angell Street. Enrollment limited to 18.
    ARAB 0100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Christoff
    ARAB 0100 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Hassan
    ARAB 0100 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Hassan
    ARAB 0100 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Faiza
  • Egyptian Arabic

    This course will introduce students to one of the major colloquial variants of contemporary Arabic. The native language of Egyptian citizens, used predominantly in everyday communication, has long since become widely understood throughout the Arab world, since popularized by the media and pop culture. The beginning oral proficiency that students will acquire in this course, by examining a range of sources, from textbooks to short stories, movies, social media posts and personal accounts by guest-speakers, and by practicing conversation in class, will facilitate their communication with native speakers of Arabic in a variety of informal situations. Prerequisite: ARAB 200. Enrollment limited to 18.
    ARAB 0110 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Hassan
  • Second-Year Arabic

    Develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the intermediate level of language proficiency through extensive use of various texts and multimedia. Promotes a better understanding of the Arabic cultural traditions. Six contact hours weekly, plus written, audio, and video assignments outside of class. Prerequisite: ARAB 0200. This is the first half of a year-long course whose first semester grade is normally a temporary one. Neither semester may be elected independently without special written permission. The final grade at the end of the course work in ARAB 0400 covers the entire year and is recorded as the final grade for both semesters. If course is full, please sign the wait list in Room 205, 195 Angell Street.
    ARAB 0300 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Christoff
    ARAB 0300 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Faiza
  • Third-Year Arabic

    Offers comprehensive training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with grammar review as needed. Broadens students' perspective of Arabic culture using selections from the classical and modern traditions of Arabic writing and various art forms. Five contact hours weekly. Prerequisite: ARAB 0400.
    ARAB 0500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Faiza
  • Advanced Arabic: Tales of the City

    The Arab city, current site of a major political upheaval, is the central theme of this integrated-skill language and culture course. Images of cities, as multifaceted as the people who inhabit them, animate cinema screens and daily news reports, inspire masters of writing, artists, and musicians, arouse political activism. By engaging the complex representation of the urban theme in contemporary discursive and art forms, this course will enhance students' understanding of the dynamics of urban politics and culture in the Middle East, while building a content-specific lexicon and advanced communicative ability. Prerequisite: ARAB 0600, or an equivalent. Enrollment limited to 12.
    ARAB 0700 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Christoff
  • Special Topics in Arabic Language, Literature, and Culture

    Advanced level integrated skill course focusing on specific reading and writing topics derived from the traditions and arts of the Arabic language. Course prerequisites include advanced capacity in Arabic grammar and reading comprehension. Enrollment limited to 10.
    ARAB 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Hassan
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ARAB 1990 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Christoff
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research