University of Vermont Department of Asian Languages and Literatures



SUMMER -2013 Duration: Jun 17, 2013 – Jul 12, 2013 Elementary Arabic I ARBC 001 Z1

Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs Lafayette Hall L307 (1:00pm – 4:45 pm) Darius K. Jonathan 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 and simple conversations. Cultural elements from different Arabic speaking areas in Middle East and North Africa will also be introduced in relation to the so-called Arab League Nations.

Required Materials:
1- Handouts from Instructor of Arabic 2- Alawiye, Imran Hamza (2007). (Miftaahu Al’arabiyya) : Gateway to Arabic – A Foundation Course in Reading and Writing Arabic (Book One). 3- Alawiye, Imran Hamza (2007). (Miftaahu Al’arabiyya) : Gateway to Arabic – A Foundation Course in Reading and Writing Arabic (Book Two). 4- Alosh, Mahdi (2010) Ahlan Wa Sahlan ( ‫)أه و‬ Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners; Revised with Allen Clark. - (2nd Edition) ISBN 978-0-300-12272-5 Yale University Press New Haven and London

Recommended Material
1- The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (there is an ArabicEnglish)

Important Request:
It’s absolutely important for each student to respect others in the class 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 Grades 95-100 A+ 91-94 A 86-90 A81-85 B+ 76-80 B 70-75 B65-69 C + 61-64 C 56-60 C50-55 D 45-49 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 demonstrate grammatical knowledge of a certain point. Formats will be similar to those found in the textbook. (3) Vocabulary (students will be expected to produce the appropriate Arabic words in context) (4) Writing (students will be expected to learn how to write in Arabic and how to apply the rules of letter connecting)

Oral Test (10%)
It will test: (1) Listening comprehension (students will either be expected to write out what the teacher says or respond in writing to questions indicating comprehension) (2) Pronunciation (students will be asked to read out loud a small group 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 on all chapters covered in the textbooks. Students will have to hand in homework when requested, participate in class activities and group work, and carry out additional task outside the classroom as indicated by the instructor

Attendance (10%)
Regular class attendance is important in students’ developing good communicative skills, and in maximizing their exposure to Arabic language, the following attendance policy for this course will be carried out. Attendance will be taken daily. Each student will be allowed 3 unexcused absences during the semester. Any student with more than 3 unexcused absences at the end of the semester, will have their final grade automatically lowered 2% for each absence. Excused absences include only personal medical excuses, and it’s your responsibility to provide the instructor with sufficient information

to verify this (Doctor's name and phone #). It is not the instructor's responsibility to excuse unexcused absences. Unless you have a verifiable medical excuse, it counts as one of your unexcused absences. Any exception to the rule must be addressed to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Study Habits
It is extremely important that you practice writing, reading, speaking and hearing spoken Arabic. Class attendance is necessary, and that's why class time will be spent primarily practicing the language. Group activities will be organized to enable each student to participate in these activities. Please, if you are having problems with the course feel free to go to your instructor’s office hours as often as you need. You are better off studying each day, understanding, and practicing as you go along. Only so much can be grasped in one sitting. Make effort to go to see your instructor during his office hours to get additional help.

Week 1 Jun 17th - 20th 2013 (A) 1- (Arabic Alphabets, how they are written and pronounced. The alphabets are written in their isolate forms) 2- (The Arabic Letters in their joined forms 3- (Short vowels and long vowels, their names in Arabic and how they are written). (B) 1- (Letter recognition and formulation in their joined forms). 2- Practice with joining letters 3- Formation of Arabic words

(C) 1234(D) 1- Arabic Sun letters and the Moon letters in relation to the definite article in Arabic and rules associated with these consonants. 2- Arabic Sun letters and the Moon letters in relation to the definite article in Arabic and rules associated with these consonants 3- Al-?alif al-maqsura and Al-hamza 4- Al-?alif al-maqsura and Al-hamza Week 2 Jun 24th – 27th 2013 (A) 1234(B) 1- Practice with simple conversations in small groups 2- Introduction to preposition in prepositional phrases 3- Verb conjugations (C) 1234(D) 1- Use of Negative particles with imperfective and perfective verbs 2- Verb Conjugations Use of singular personal and attached pronouns The dual forms of nouns and adjectives Arabic perfective verbs Distinction between perfective and imperfective verbs Introduction of simple sentences Arabic imperfective verbs Asking and answering simple questions Formation of conversations Arabic Pronouns (Introduction to Arabic gender distinction between masculine and feminine) Al-Sukun and Al-Shadda Definite and indefinite nouns ( The concept of Nunation – al-tanween

Week 3 July 1st – 8th 2013 1234Verb Conjugations Future tense Verb Conjugation Conversations

Jul.4th – (No classes)

Week 4 July 8th – 12th 2013 1212Conversations Reviews Oral Tests Final Test

Last Day of Classes July 12th 2013

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