Al-Kitaab fii Ta`allum al-`Arabiyya by Brustad et al.
A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Wehr), edited by J
course is a continuation of last semester’s LG-597, when we
worked in two modes of Arabic:
the “Standard” language based on the Classical of the
Qur’an, and a spoken version “colloquial” from the educated
classes of Egypt. Indeed,
no one can be said to “know” Arabic unless both types,
“standard” and “colloquial”, have been mastered.
following schedule is open to adjustment. As per usual, written
homework will be marked/graded on a
Tests count for 100 points; quizzes depend upon the number
items included. Oral
work, class participation, and attendance will also be factored
into your final grade.
Vocabulary QUIZ on Lesson 2; complete Lesson 1
Complete Lesson 2
Lesson 3 Vocabulary QUIZ
Lesson 4 Vocabulary QUI
Complete Lesson 4
MID-TERM EXAM Lessons 1-4
Lesson 5 Vocabulary QUIZ
Complete Lesson 5
Lesson 6 Vocabulary QUIZ (incl. pg 91)
Complete Lesson 6
SEMINARY CLOSED – Reading Week
Lesson 7 Vocabulary QUIZ
Complete Lesson 7
FINAL EXAM Lessons 1 – 7
Copies of the taped materials accompanying the textbooks
will be provided to you, for both audio and video.
They will cost you $1 per tape (cheap at twice the price!).
BUT JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE INEXPENSIVE DOES NOT MEAN THAT
TAPES ARE UNIMPORTANT. They
should be used EXTENSIVELY and EFFECTIVELY.
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.
Day is Judgment Day”, as my father-in-law, a retired
Congregationalist minister, is fond of saying.
You will be graded primarily on DAILY class participation,
homework, vocabulary quizzes, chapter tests, and a final exam,
each for about 20% of your grade.
I said last semester, “I’m not here to hand out bad grades”.
If you improve over the course of the term, lower grades
from earlier on may be de-emphasized, since language learning is
largely cumulative (that is, you can’t get an “A” on chapter
6 if your mastery of chapter 2 is shaky).
I will also continue my earlier habit of dropping one low
mark during the term if it is obviously way out of line with the
rest of your performance – everyone is allowed a “bad day”.
FUN! Even though
Arabic is NOT an easy language, it CAN be enjoyable.
I’ll try to make it that way; if you work, there is that
much more chance of making it that way for yourself.