Academic Programs 

  Introduction to Arabic, Part II   (LG-598)
Winter/Spring 2005

Continuation of Introduction to Arabic, Part I. Prerequisite: LG-597 or permission of the instructor. 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Thursdays 7:00-9:20 p.m. beginning January 27

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.

Dictionary (recommended, but not required):           

A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Wehr), edited by J M. Cowan


In this course students will continue their foray into the world of two modes of Arabic:  the “Standard” language based on the Classical Arabic of the Qur’an, and a spoken version “colloquial” from the educated classes of Egypt.

No one can be said to “know” Arabic unless both types, “standard” and “colloquial”, have been mastered.  This semester continues the lengthy process of doing just that.

There are difficulties in learning a 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 session; these may be sent to the Professor by fax (860-509-9509), by email, by conventional mail, or delivered personally.  Assignments will be reviewed and returned to the student the next class session.

Homework assignments will be graded; cumulatively they will account for 25% of the final grade.  Chapter tests will also amount to 25%; attendance and class participation, 25%; the final exam will also amount to 25%.

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

January 27            Lesson 1

February 3            Vocabulary QUIZ, Lesson 1

February 10           Lesson 2

February 17           TEST, Lessons 1 & 2; Lesson 3

February 24           Vocabulary QUIZ, Lesson 3

March 3                 Lesson 4

March 10               TEST, Lessons 3 & 4

March 17               NO CLASS

March 24               NO CLASS (Reading Week)

March 31              Lesson 5

April 7                   Vocabulary QUIZ, Lesson 5

April 14               Lesson 6

April 21              TEST, Lessons 5 & 6

April 28               Lesson 7

May 5                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:  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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