This course will build on the students’ acquisitions in Arabic 102 to consolidate their learning of the Modern Standard Arabic and one variety of spoken Arabic. In addition to expanding students’ vocabulary and enhancing their communication skills, the course will deepen their knowledge and use of grammar in both speaking and writing. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to hold conversations in Arabic with some fluency on a variety of topics while developing cultural appreciation of Arabic-speaking countries.
Format: seminar; Three 75-minute sessions. The class will be taught remotely synchronously three times a week, with asynchronous online material.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
quizzes, tests, homework, and active class participation
ARAB 102 or placement test
If the course is overenrolled preference will be given to those who intend to major or do a certificate in Arabic.
Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
This course involves a great deal of writing, ranging from vocabulary and grammar-focused exercises to written assignments about a variety of topics. Students will receive extensive and timely feedback on this written work.
Any language is the locus of issues of difference, power, and equity. Students will learn about gender and pronouns. They will wonder why Arabic does not have a gender neutral pronoun. Students will understand how Arabic acts as a dominant language in places minority languages in the Middle East and North Africa. Students will emerge from the course with a critical understanding of Arabic language's politics.