Arabic Courses (Fall)

*ARA 101

Elementary Arabic na, npdf
Professor: N. Coffin

Description/Objectives: In this course, students are trained, through the use of an audio/visual
method, to speak, understand, read and write Modern Standard Arabic, the form of Arabic shared by
all Arab countries. Classroom time is devoted to conversation (skits and discussions) and grammar
exercises (including skim-reading tasks) stemming from the video material. Consistent emphasis is
placed on authentic materials that derive from the living cultural context.

Sample Reading List: al-Batal , Mahmud, et al., 'al-Kitab fi ta' allum al- arabiyya'

Reading/Writing Assignments: Students spend about 90 minutes a day on homework and study
and one lab hour weekly.

Requirements/Grading:
Midterm Exam 16%
Final Exam 17%
Class/Precepts Participation 34%
Quizzes 33%

Other Information: This is the first semester of a two-term language course.


*ARA 105

Intermediate Arabic na, npdf
Professor: N. Coffin

Description/Objectives: In this continuation of first-year Arabic, students receive additional
speaking and listening practice and attain greater reading and writing proficiency through the study of
more elaborate grammar structures and the reading of more sophisticated texts.

Sample Reading List: Al-Batal, Brustad an Tonsi, 'Al-Kitab fi taallum al-arabiyya'
See instructor for complete listing

Reading/Writing Assignments: Minimum of 10 hours of preparation per week, consisting of
reading and written exercises, in addition to 1 hour of language lab per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Midterm Exam 15%
Final Exam 15%
Class/Precepts Participation 30%
Paper(s) 10%
Quizzes 30%

Prerequisites: ARA 102.

Other Information: This is the first semester of a two-term language course.


ARA 301

Advanced Arabic (III, LA) npdf
Professor: A. P. Hamori

Description/Objectives: Readings from modern Arabic works; systematic study of syntax;
speaking and composition. Two 90 minute classes, two periods of drill.

Sample Reading List: See instructor for complete listing

Reading/Writing Assignments: Readings, compositions, and English-Arabic translations,
according to class level.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam 35%
Class/Precepts Participation 55%
Quizzes 10%

Prerequisites: ARA 107.