Al-Kitaab fi ta`allum al-`arabiyya by Brustad et
A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Wehr), edited
by J M. Cowan
During this semester we will begin by retracing some of our final
steps of LG-598-0 before continuing our work in Egyptian
Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic.
is difficult to learn any language when contact with the Professor
occurs only once per week. Accordingly,
students will be asked to complete homework assignments by the Monday
following each class; these may be sent to the Professor by fax or
by email (the latter, of course, assumes access to an Arabic font
and word processing program).
Assignments will be reviewed, returned to the student,
along with a new assignment, which can be handed in the following
effect, the attempt will be made to combine traditional
“contact” with “distance learning” aspects of education in
assignments will be graded and will account for 20% of the
final mark. Vocabulary
Quizzes, one per unit, will cumulatively account for 20% of the
grade. Chapter tests
will also come to 20%; the Final Exam alone will also count for
20% of the semester’s grade; the remaining 20% will be based on
attendance and class participation.
ANY syllabus is tentative (and this one is fairly ambitious for a
non-intensive course), every effort will be made to adhere to the
Grammar Review; Lesson 7 Review
Lesson 7 – Completion
8 – Vocabulary Quiz
Lesson 8 – Completion
Lesson 9 – Vocabulary Quiz
Lesson 9 – Completion
10 – Vocabulary Quiz
Lesson 10 – Completion
Exam – Lessons 8-10
Lesson 11 – Vocabulary Quiz and Completion
Lesson 12 – Vocabulary Quiz
Lesson 12 – Completion
Lesson 13 – Vocabulary Quiz
THANKSGIVING DAY (no class
Lesson 13 – Completion
FINAL EXAM – Lessons 8-13
When learning a language, it is (infinitely?) better to
work a little each day than to cram on weekends or over large
chunks of time. In
other words, an hour each day of review and preparation during the
week is to be preferred over spending the entirety of a Saturday
or Sunday trying to catch-up.
in learning a language, it is better to use your out-of-class time
to work on material that has already been presented in class,
rather than to “work ahead”.
Working ahead risks internalizing faulty linguistic input,
since this is NOT a “teach yourself” course.
you already know, “I’m not here to hand out bad grades” is
one of my mottos. Every
effort will be made to keep all of you up to speed, that being one
of the luxuries of having a small class.
FUN! Even though
you’ve learned by this point that Arabic is NOT an easy
language, it CAN be enjoyable.
I’ll continue trying to make it that way; if you work,
there is that much more chance of making it that way for yourself.