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ARA 601C Syllabus Fall 2011 - University of Texas at Austin...

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[1 ] University of Texas at Austin Department of Middle Eastern Studies ARABIC 601C: First Year Arabic I Fall 2011 Unique # 41055 Instructor: Anthony “Antoine” Edwards Office: FAC 27 Office Hours: W 10 to 12 & by appointment Email: [email protected] MWF 9:00 - 9:50 PAR 304 TTH 8:00 - 9:15 MEZ 1.206 Teaching Assistant: Athar Madanat Office Hours: By Appointment Email: [email protected] Course Materials : 1. Alif Baa, an Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds (Third Edition) by Brustad, Al-Batal & Al-Tonsi. This book comes with DVDs and a companion website and we will be using all three every night. We use this text for the first month of class. The book is available at “Austin TX Books” at 2116 Guadalupe (between The Goodall Wooten and Mattress Firm). 2. In addition to purchasing the Alif Baa book, you must enroll in your instructor's course at the companion website for an additional charge of $24. Please refer to the class Blackboard for detailed instructions on how to do this. 3. Al-Kitaab fii Ta c allum al- c Arabiyya , Part 1 ( Third Edition ) by Brustad, Al-Batal & Al-Tonsi. Also available at “Austin TX Books” at 2116 Guadalupe (between The Goodall Wooten and Mattress Firm). We will switch to this textbook after finishing Alif Baa and will use it for 2 semesters. 4. Blackboard: In this class we will use Blackboard a web-based course management system at http://courses.utexas.edu to distribute course materials, communicate online, post assignments, and post grades. You will receive emails with important course information from your instructor via Blackboard’s email tool so be sure to check your email frequently. Course Objectives: By the end of Arabic 601C you will, in-shaa'a-llaah : 1. have mastered the Arabic alphabet and sound system, be able to recognize and pronounce correctly all Arabic sounds, and write accurately from dictation; 2. be able to initiate social interactions, ask for basic information, and be aware of basic cultural aspects of social interaction in the Arab world; 3. be able to talk about yourself, your education, and your family with native speakers of Arabic accustomed to interacting with learners; 4. comprehend simple print texts on familiar topics; 5. comprehend simple audio/video texts on familiar topics; 6. be able to compose simple paragraphs about yourself and your family and friends; 7. know about the differences between formal and spoken Arabic, recognize both registers, and be able to use basic expressions in at least one dialect; and 8. have an active vocabulary of about 300 Arabic words
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~ 2 ~ Grade Distribution: Attendance and Participation 15% Homework 15% Homework Correction 5% Quizzes 30% Skit 5% Culture Portfolio 5% Oral Interview 5% Final Exam 20% Below you will find more detail on each of the above components of your class grade, as well as a section on final grade calculation and grade policies , a section on how to do well in this class which includes a section on principles for effective group work and finally, a section on UT and department policies applicable in the class.
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