Academic Programs 

  Intermediate Arabic, Part II     (LG-651)
Winter/Spring 2005

Continuation of Intermediate Arabic, Part I.  Prerequisite:  LG-650 or permission of the instructor. 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Thursdays 4:30 to 6:50 p.m. beginning January 27

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

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 of LG-650 before continuing our work in Egyptian Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic.

It 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 session.

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, every effort will be made to adhere to (and even speed-up, if at all possible!) the following schedule:


January 27                    Grammar Review; Lesson 10 Review

February 3                   Lesson 11 – Vocabulary QUIZ

February 10                 Lesson 11 – Completion

February 17                 Lesson 12 – Vocabulary QUIZ

February 24                 Lesson 12 – Completion; Lesson 13 – Vocabulary QUIZ

March 3                       Lesson 13 – Completion

March 10                     EXAM – Lessons 11-13

March 17                     NO CLASS

March 24                     NO CLASS (Reading Week / Easter Break)

March 31                     Lesson 14 – Vocabulary QUIZ

April 7                          Lesson 14 – Completion

April 14                        Lesson 15 – Vocabulary QUIZ

April 21                        Lesson 15 – Completion; Lesson 16 – Vocabulary QUIZ

April 28                        Lesson 16 – Completion

May 5                          FINAL EXAM – Lessons 11-15


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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