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University of VermontDepartment of Asian Languages and Literatures
 SUMMER -2013Duration: Jun 17, 2013 – Jul 12, 2013Elementary Arabic I ARBC 001 Z1Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs Lafayette Hall L307 (1:00pm – 4:45 pm)Darius K. JonathanDarius.Jonathan@uvm.edu Office Hours: Tuesdays &Thursdays (11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.)Office Phone # (802 656-0976)Department of Asian Languages & Literatures (Office # 204)479 Main Street
Course description
:The objective of this course is the development of initial reading,listening, speaking, and writing skills in Modern Standard Arabic.Attention will be given to the mastering of the Arabic alphabet,pronunciation, basic grammatical structures, initial vocabulary andsimple conversations. Cultural elements from different Arabic speakingareas in Middle East and North Africa will also be introduced inrelation to the so-called Arab League Nations.
Required Materials:
Handouts from Instructor of Arabic2-
Alawiye, Imran Hamza (2007). (Miftaahu Al’arabiyya) : Gateway toArabic – A Foundation Course in Reading and Writing Arabic (Book One).3-
Alawiye, Imran Hamza (2007). (Miftaahu Al’arabiyya) : Gateway toArabic – A Foundation Course in Reading and Writing Arabic (Book Two).4-
Alosh, Mahdi (2010) Ahlan Wa Sahlan (
)Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners;Revised with Allen Clark. - (2
Edition)ISBN 978-0-300-12272-5 Yale University PressNew Haven and London
Recommended Material
The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (there is an Arabic-English)
Important Request:
 It’s absolutely important for each student to respect others in theclass by refraining from the use of cell phones or any other form of electronic communications during class sessions.
Grades Weighting:
Final Exam 60%Class Work 20%Attendance 10%Oral Test 10%Breakdown Of Grades95-100 A+91-94 A86-90 A-81-85 B+76-80 B70-75 B-65-69 C +61-64 C56-60 C-50-55 D45-49 D-
Class Work (20%):
It may include the following areas:(1) Reading & comprehension(2) Grammar (students may be asked to choose the appropriate form,fill-in-the-blank, complete sentences, etc.) to demonstrategrammatical knowledge of a certain point. Formats will be similar tothose found in the textbook.(3) Vocabulary (students will be expected to produce the appropriateArabic words in context)(4) Writing (students will be expected to learn how to write in Arabicand how to apply the rules of letter connecting)
Oral Test (10%)
It will test:(1) Listening comprehension (students will either be expected to writeout what the teacher says or respond in writing to questions -indicating comprehension)(2) Pronunciation (students will be asked to read out loud a smallgroup of sentences)(3) Speaking (students will be asked to respond to a number of questions)Final Exam (60%):It will be similar in format to previous written exams. It will be onall chapters covered in the textbooks.Students will have to hand in homework when requested, participate inclass activities and group work, and carry out additional task outsidethe classroom as indicated by the instructor
Attendance (10%)
 Regular class attendance is important in students’ developing goodcommunicative skills, and in maximizing their exposure to Arabiclanguage, the following attendance policy for this course will becarried out. Attendance will be taken daily. Each student will beallowed 3 unexcused absences during the semester. Any student withmore than 3 unexcused absences at the end of the semester, will havetheir final grade automatically lowered 2% for each absence. Excusedabsences include only personal medical excuses, and it’s yourresponsibility to provide the instructor with sufficient information

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