Summer 2011 Course Description and Syllabus for Beginning Arabic II: ara 302/502 Instructor: Dr. Aziz Shakir, Arabic Language instructor at Sabanci University

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Summer 2011 Course Description and Syllabus for Beginning Arabic II: ARA 302/502

Instructor: Dr. Aziz Shakir, Arabic Language instructor at Sabanci University

COURSE DESCRIPTION


(ARA 302/502: Beginning Arabic II)
Beginning Arabic II (ARA 302/502) is a direct continuation of Beginning Arabic I (ARA 301/501) and as a consequence its lessons are based again on / الكتاب في تعلم العربية Al-Kitaab fii Ta‘allumi al-‘Arabiyya/ A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part I course, developed as stated before by a team of experienced native and non-native Arabic language teachers in the United States. The organization of the chapters in Al-Kitaab: Part I has been adapted to reflect the most current pedagogical developments. Audio tracks for vocabulary sections allow students to hear a new word followed by a sentence using it in context with previously acquired vocabulary and grammatical structures, enabling students to build new vocabulary skills while reviewing old material. The DVDs also contain substantially more material that exposes the learner to Egyptian Arabic: students have the options of seeing and hearing the video of each lesson in both Modern standard Arabic and Egyptian colloquial Arabic. In addition, a short dialogue in Egyptian colloquial Arabic appears at the end of each lesson. Video materials also feature interviews with Egyptians (subtitled in English) about various aspects of Arab culture, such as gender issues, fasting in the Muslim and Christian traditions, social clubs and their significance, and more. ARA 302/502 is designed to enhance the reading skills and grammar knowledge of students who have already taken ARA 301/501 or an equivalent course.

Students are expected to prepare their home-assignments (grammar and translation drills from Al-Kitaab textbook) regularly. There will be quizzes alongside a final exam. The final note will be calculated in accordance with the entire performance of each student throughout the semester. Namely: Attendance: 20 %, Home-assignments: 25 %, Quizzes: 10 % & Final exam: 45%.

ARA 302/502 is a 4 credit course and during the Summer school it will be taught 10 hours per week.

Levels: Doctorate, Masters, Exchange - Erasmus Mundus DR, Exchange - Erasmus Mundus MA, Exchange - Erasmus Mundus UG, Special, Scientific Preparatory, Undergraduate, Exchange - Socrates Erasmus DR, Exchange - Socrates Erasmus MA, Exchange - Socrates Erasmus UG.

ARA 302/502 is a course offered by FASS and SL.

FEATURES OF THE MAIN TEXTBOOK USED FOR ARA 302: AL-KITAAB PART I:

Develops all language-related skills including reading, listening, speaking, writing, and cultural knowledge

Immediately incorporates extensive use of authentic materials for reading, listening, and grammatical practice, thus relating abstract grammatical concepts to practical skills

Presents narrative-based content through audio and video media rather than written text to develop meaning-focused language processing skills, utilizing two main characters and their extended families

Develops reading skills through the use of composed texts derived from the main narrative and authentic texts from newspapers and journals

Introduces grammar using spiraling and inference, challenging students to discover the grammar of the language by means of analogy, problem solving, and educated guessing

Reinforces grammar and vocabulary through extensive classroom and homework exercises that provide constant review and expand to challenge students as their skills develop

Introduces students to Egyptian colloquial through scenes based on the main narrative to promote the use of shared vocabulary and structure of the two registers to increase listening comprehension skills

Contains Arabic-English and English-Arabic glossaries and reference charts as well as a new grammar index


SYLLABUS

Week 1:

General revision of the DVD stories and grammar topics from the ARA 301/501 course.

DVD Story: I Am Khalid (“ / أنا خالدAnaa Khaalid”);

Grammar: 1. Masdars/ المصدر verb nouns ; Meaning and function; 2. Why/ What for (لماذا);

Reading Comprehension: Restaurant Brasserie (“ / مطعم البراسريMat‘am al-Brasserie”); Restaurant Marush (“ / مطعم ماروشMat‘am Maruush”); Sample menus;

Culture: Who is the assistant? (“ / من هو المعيدMan huwa’l-mu‘iid”); “What do you do every day?” (“ / ماذا تفعل كل يومMaazaa taf‘al kull yawm”); The Arabic food (“ / الأكل العربيAl-’akl al-‘arabii”);

Colloquial: I’m Khalid (“Anaa Khaalid”) & Will you drink something? (“Tashrabuu haaga’l-awwal?”).

 


Week 2:

DVD Story: I Am Their Eldest (Brother) (“ / أنا أكبرهمAnaa akbaruhum”);

Grammar: 1. The prepositions (لـ), (عند) and (مع) + pronoun suffixes; 2. Equational sentences/ Fronted predicate; 3. The verb “to be” (كان); 4. The interrogative particle كم (How many?); 5. Numerals 1-10;

Listening Comprehension: With family and friends (“ / مع العائلة والأصدقاءMa‘al-‘aa’ila wa’l-asdiqaa’ ”);

Reading Comprehension: The friends of the correspondent (“ / أصدقاء المراسلةAsdiqaa’ al-muraasala”); The late Insaf al-Dasuqi (“ / المرحومة إنصاف الدسوقي Al-marhuuma Insaaf ad-Dasuuqii”);

Culture: What is a secondary school according to you? (“ / ما هي الثانوية العامة بالنسبة لك؟Maa hiya’th-thaanawiyya’l-‘aamma bi’n-nisbati laka?”); The Arabic currency (“ / العملات العربيةAl-‘umalaat al-‘arabiyya”); The hobbies: What are your hobbies (“ / الهوايات: ما هي هواياتكAl-hawaayaat: Maa hiya hawaayaatuk”); Football (“ / كرة القدمKuratu’l-qadam”);

Colloquial: I’m Their Eldest (Brother) (“Anaa akbaruhum”) & I’ll die of hunger! (“Haamuut mina’l-gu‘a”).

 

Week 3:

DVD Story: The Future Belongs to the Trade (“ / المستقبل للتجارةAl-mustaqbal li’t-tijaara”);

Grammar: 1. Perfect tense verb forms; 2. Negation of the perfect tense; 3. The root and pattern system; 4. Use of the Arabic dictionary; 6. Numerals 11-100;

Listening Comprehension: With family and friends (“ / مع العائلة والأصدقاءMa‘al-‘aa’ila wa’l-asdiqaa’ ”);

Reading Comprehension: A company in need of a secretary (“ / شركة بحاجة إلى سكرتيرSharika bi-haaja ilaa sikritiir”);

Colloquial: The Future Belongs to the Trade (“Al-musta’bal li’t-tigaara”), The literature has no future (“Al-adab maaluush musta’bal”) & My family (“Usratii”).

 


Week 4:

DVD Story: My Grandmother Wakes Me Up at 6.30 a.m. (“ / جدتي توقظني في السادسة والنصف Jaddatii tuuqizunii fi’s-saadisa wa’n-nisf”);

Grammar: 1. Negation of word or phrase: ليس; 2. Ordinal numbers; 3. Telling time: “What time is it? (“ / كم الساعة؟Kami’s-saa‘a?”);

Listening Comprehension: With family and friends (“ / مع العائلة والأصدقاءMa‘al-‘aa’ila wa’l-asdiqaa’ ”);

Reading Comprehension: A (female) citizen gets M.A. (“على ماجستير / مواطنة تحصل Muwaatina tahsulu ‘alaa majister”); TV programs (“ / برامج التلفزيونBaraamij at-tilfizyuun”);

Culture: What “club” is? What are you doing in the club? (“ / ما هو النادي؟ ماذا تفعلون في النادي؟ Maa huwa’n-naadii? Maazaa taf‘aluuna fi’n-naadii?”); Do you smoke in front of your family (“ / هل تدخنون أمام الأسرة؟Hal tudakhkhinuuna amaama’l-usra?”);

Colloquial: My Granny Wakes Me Up at 6.30 a.m. (“Gaddatii bitsahhiinii as-saa‘a sitta w nis”) & Good morning ‘sir’! (“Sabaah al-full yaa haagga!”).

Week 5:

DVD Story: The Family House (“/ بيت العائلة Beytu’l-‘aa’ila”)/ Khalid’s Friday Program (“ برنامج خالد يوم الجمعة / Barnaamaj Khaalid yawma’l-Jum‘a”);

Grammar: 1. The nominative case; 2. إلى / على+ pronouns; 3. Object pronouns;

Listening Comprehension: From the radio programs ‘The voice of the Arabs’ (“من برنامج راديو صوت العرب / Min baraamij raadiyuu ‘Sawtu’l-‘arab’ ”);

Reading Comprehension: The daily life of his majesty King Fuad (“ / معيشة جلالة الملك فؤاد اليومية Ma‘iişatu jalaalati’l-maalik Fu’aad al-yawmiyya”);

Culture: What “family house” is according to you? (“ / ما هو بيت العائلة بالنسبة لك؟Maa huwa beytu’l-‘aa’ila bi’n-nisbati lak?”); Husein Mosque (“ / جامع الحسينJaami‘ l-Huseyn”); What are you doing in week-ends (“ / ماذا تفعلون في نهاية الأسبوع؟Maazaa taf‘aluuna fii nihaayati’l-usbuu‘?”);

Colloquial: The Family House (“ Beytu’l-‘ayla”) & Guys, let’s go! (“Yalla yaa-wlaad!”).

 


Week 6:

DVD Story: Sometimes I Feel Shy (“ / أشعر بالخجل أحياناًAsh‘uru bi’l-khajal ahyaanan”);

Grammar: 1.The subjunctive mood; 2. جملة الصفة 3. Quantifiers: كل= every, each, all/ بعض = some/ معظم = most/ عدة= several;

Listening Comprehension: With family and friends (“ / مع العائلة والأصدقاءMa‘al-‘aa’ila wa’l-asdiqaa’ ”);

Reading Comprehension: Your guide to the hotels in Amman (“ / دليلك إلى الفنادق في عمان Daliiluk ilaa’l-fanaadiq fii ‘Amman”); News (“ / أخبارAkhbaar”)

Culture: How are your friendships and relations (“ / كيف هي صداقاتك وعلاقاتكKeyfa hiya sadaaqaatuk wa ‘alaaqaatuk”);

Colloquial: Sometimes I Feel Shy (“Bahiss bi’l-khajal ahyaanan”) & ’Aayza a’uuluk haaja.

 

Week 7:

DVD Story: Muhammad Abu al-Ala: The Hardest Decision in my life (“محمد أبو العلا: أصعب قرار في حياتي / Muhammad Abuu’l-‘Alaa: As‘ab qaraar fii hayaatii”);

Grammar: 1. The superlative (أفعل التفضيل); 2. Future tense; 3. Negation of future tense with لن ; 4. Subject-verb agreement;

Listening Comprehension: About an Arabic university (“ / عن جامعة عربية‘an-jaami‘a’ ‘arabiyya”);

Reading Comprehension: The death of Eduard Said (“ / وفاة إدوارد سعيدWafaat Eduard Sa‘iid”); News (“Akhbaar”);

Colloquial: The Hardest Decision in my life (“As‘ab ’araar fii hayaatii”); & Song by Fairuz: Visit me, once a year! (Ughniyat Fayruuz: “Zuuruunii kull sana marra!”).


A general revision and preparation for the final exam.

 

Bibliography:

Basic (all three textbooks are found in the Information Center (PJ6123 .B78 2004; PJ6307 .B78 2004  v.1; PJ6111 .E44 1983  v.1) and Homer Bookstore located in the university campus. Besides, students have the chance to order photocopies of the parts covered by the course):


Alif Baa with DVDs: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, 2nd ed., Eds. Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi, Georgetown University Press/Washington D.C., 2004; PJ6123 .B78 2004; ISBN: 158901104X

Al-Kitaab fii Ta‘allum al-‘Arabiyya with DVDs/ A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One, , 2nd ed., Eds. Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi, Georgetown University Press, Washington, D.C.  PJ6307 .B78 2004  v.1

Elementary Modern Standard Arabic (EMSA) part 1, Ed. Peter Abboud, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1982; PJ6111 .E44 1983  v.1
Additional:

Arapça-Türkçe Sözlük, Haz. Serdar Mutçalı, Dağarcık, İstanbul, Aralık 1995;

Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Arabic-English, Ed. by J. Milton Cowan, Librairie Du Liban, Beirut, MacDonald and Evans LTD. London;

Hasan S. Karmi, Al-Mughni al-Kabir Plus, A Dictionary of Contemporary English, English-Arabic, Librairie Du Liban, Beirut, 1998;

Mehmet Maksudoğlu, Arapça Dilbilgisi, İstanbul 1969;

Mustafa Meral Çörtü, Arapça Dilbilgisi, Marmara Üniversitesi, İFAV Yayınları, 4. Baskı, İstanbul 2004;

Türkçe Çevirileriyle Arapça Seçme Hikâyeler – II. Kitap, Haz. Musa Yıldız – Erkan Avşar, Elif Yayınları, Eylül 2006;

Wright W. A., Grammar of the Arabic Language, vol. I-II, Cambridge, 1981;








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