Academic Programs 

Intermediate Arabic, Part I    (LG-650)
Fall 2006

This course is designed for participants to consolidate their knowledge of Arabic. Prerequisite: LG-597 and LG-598 or permission of the instructor.


Meeting Day, Time and Dates:
Mondays and Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:25 p.m., beginning September 14

Steven Blackburn
Faculty Associate in Semitic Scriptures

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9561

Course Syllabus

Textbook:   Al-Kitaab fi ta`allum al-`arabiyya by Brustad et al
Dictionary:      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. 
Homework 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.

While ANY syllabus is tentative (and this one is fairly ambitious for a non-intensive course), every effort will be made to adhere to the following schedule:

Thurs 9/14                   Grammar Review; Lesson 7 Review
Mon 9/18                     Lesson 7 – Completion; Lesson 8 – Vocabulary Quiz
Thurs 9/21                   Lesson 8 – Grammar and Drills
Mon 9/25                     Lesson 8 – Completion; Conversation; Colloquial Arabic
Thurs 9/28                   Lesson 9 – Vocabulary Quiz
Mon 10/2                     Lesson 9 – Grammar and Drills
Thurs 10/5                   Lesson 9 – Completion; Conversation; Colloquial Arabic
Mon 10/9                     Lesson 10 – Vocabulary Quiz
Thurs 10/12                 Lesson 10 – Grammar and Drills
Mon 10/16                   Lesson 10 – Completion; Conversation; Colloquial Arabic;                                    Review
Thurs 10/19                 EXAM – Lessons 8 - 10
Mon 10/23                   Lesson 11 – Vocabulary Quiz
Thurs 10/27                 Lesson 11 – Grammar and Drills
Mon 10/30                   Lesson 11 – Conversation; Colloquial Arabic
Thurs 11/2                   Lesson 12 – Vocabulary Quiz
Mon 11/6                     Lesson 12 – Grammar and Drills
Thurs 11/9                   Lesson 12 – Conversation; Colloquial Arabic
Mon 11/13                   Lesson 13 – Vocabulary Quiz
Thurs 11/16                 Lesson 13 – Grammar and Drills
Mon 11/20                   NO CLASS – READING WEEK
Thurs 11/23                 NO CLASS – THANKGIVING DAY – SEMINARY CLOSED
Mon 11/27                   Lesson 13 – Conversation; Colloquial Arabic; Review
Thurs 11/30                 EXAM – Lessons 11 - 13
Mon 12/4                     Lesson 14 – Vocabulary Quiz
Thurs 12/7                   Lesson 14 – Grammar and Drills
Mon 12/11                   Lesson 14 – Conversation; Colloquial Arabic
Thurs 12/15                 Review of the Semester’s work
Mon 12/18                   FINAL EXAM

NB: 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.

Also, 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.

As 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.

Most 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.

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