Al-Kitaab fi ta`allum al-`arabiyya by Brustad et al
A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Wehr), edited by J M. Cowan
this semester we will begin by retracing some of our final steps of LG-650
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 conventional mail,
hand delivery, fax (509-9509), or email. Assignments
will be reviewed and returned to the student at the beginning of the next class
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, every effort will be made to adhere to (and even
speed-up, if at all possible!) the following schedule:
Grammar Review; Lesson 10 Review
Lesson 11 – Vocabulary QUIZ
Lesson 11 – Completion
Lesson 12 – Vocabulary QUIZ
Lesson 12 – Completion; Lesson 13 – Vocabulary QUIZ
13 – Completion
– Lessons 11-13
CLASS (Reading Week / Easter Break)
14 – Vocabulary QUIZ
14 – Completion
15 – Vocabulary QUIZ
15 – Completion; Lesson 16 – Vocabulary QUIZ
16 – Completion
EXAM – Lessons 11-15
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”
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
importantly: HAVE 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.