Academic Programs 

Intermediate Arabic (LG-650)
Fall 2008

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 Wednesdays 4:30-5:40pm

Steven Blackburn
Faculty Associate in Semitic Scriptures

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9561



Course Syllabus

Al-Kitaab fi ta`allum al-`arabiyya by Brustad et al

Dictionaries: 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 in LG-598 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.
The mid-term will also come to 20%.
The Final Exam counts for 20% of the semester’s grade.
The remaining 20% will be based on attendance and class participation.

While ANY syllabus is tentative, every effort will be made to adhere to the following schedule:

September 10 Grammar Review
September 15 Lesson 6 – Review
September 17
Lesson 6 – Completion
September 22 Lesson 7 - Vocabulary Quiz
September 24 Lesson 7 - Grammer
September 29
Lesson 8 - Completion
October 1 NO CLASSES - Eid al-Fitr
October 6 Lesson 8 - Vocabulary Quiz
October 8

Lesson 8 - Grammer
October 13 Lesson 8 - Grammer
October 15 Lesson 8 - Completion
October 20 Lesson 9 - Vocabulary Quiz
October 22

Lesson 9 - Completion
October 27 MID-TERM EXAM - Lesson 7-9
October 29 Lesson 10 - Introduction
November 3
Lesson 10 - Vocabulary Quiz
November 5 Lesson 10 - Completion
November 10 Lesson 11 - Vocabulary Quiz
November 12 Lesson 11 - Grammer
November 17 Lesson 11 - Grammer
November 19 Lesson 11 - Completion
December 1 Lesson 12 - Vocabulary Quiz
December 3 Lesson 12 - Grammer
December 8 Lesson 12 - Grammer
December 10 Lesson 12 - Completion
December 15 Review Lessons 7-12
December 17 FINAL EXAM - Lessons 7-12

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: This is NOT a “teach yourself” course!

“I’m not here to hand out bad grades” is one of my mottos. Every effort will be made to keep you all up to speed, that being one of the luxuries of having a small class.

Most importantly: HAVE 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.

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