Syllabus 1301 Fall Semester 2020.docx - � جامعة...

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روليب ةعماج Baylor University Department of Modern Languages and Cultuers Program of Arabic and Middle East Studies ARB 1301, First Year Arabic I , Fall 2020 Instructor: Dr. Abdul-Massih Saadi Office: OM 181 Office Hours: MTW: 11:00 to 1:00 & other times by appointments I. Course Description Marhaban ! ( ً ابحرم ): Welcome to the easiest and most pleasant language of the world; no kidding, my Mom testifies to it; and I proved it. To be absolutely sure, ask my former students. In class, we will focus on language proficiency that is, learning to speak, read, write and understand the basic grammar as one inseparable component of the language and culture. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) will be the main medium of communication in class. We will constantly be exposed to the Arabic culture as a matrix of comprehending the depth of words or expressions that we learn and practice. Likewise, we will be exposed to aspects of Lebanese-Syrian dialects, and relevant aspects of Arabic literature. Our class is intended to be interactive and participatory. Preparing all the assignments before class is the primary requirement. Our mutual commitment is essential factor to our class: students commit themselves to work before and after classroom; likewise the professor is committed to extra help during office hours, to monitor the students’ progression with constant communication. In as much joy in learning we would get in our class together, let us remember that we do cultivate in Baylor’s strategic plan, Pro Futuris , which emphasizes the importance of becoming proficient in other languages and well acquainted with its cultures (it is the Arabic language for us). The full text of Pro Futuris is available here: As we are thankful that despite the current pandemic precaution, together we prepared ourselves to have our class in-person. Part of this effort, we need to abide by the University precautious measure regarding the Face Mask: Baylor University is committed to providing a safe educational environment for all students, faculty, and staff. In order to create the healthiest environment possible, students and instructors must properly wear face coverings over their mouths and noses while in Baylor buildings and while in the classroom. In addition, social distancing should be maintained within all classroom environments. Any student who does not bring a face covering or refuses to wear one will be dismissed from class and be considered absent. If a student who is not wearing a face covering refuses to leave class, the instructor may dismiss in- person class for that day. Such a student will be subject to disciplinary action through the Student Code of Conduct. CORE CURRICULUM STATEMENT: This course is the first step toward the goal of intermediate-level proficiency (proficiency standards established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages or ACTFL), in three communicative modes: interpersonal, presentational (speaking, writing), and interpretive (listening, reading). The Modern Languages
assess all three modes.

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