Arabic 301 - Third-Year Arabic I

Third-Year Arabic I

Mohamed Hassan

M/W/F | 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM

Amherst College
Johnson Chapel Room 202

The goal of this course is to help students achieve an Intermediate Mid/ High level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. Students engage with Modern Standard Arabic and one Arabic colloquial variety using the four-skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) approach. By the end of the course, students will consistently be able to:

Read texts on unfamiliar topics and understand the main ideas without using the dictionary. Text types will address a range of political, social, religious, and literary themes and will represent a range of genres, styles, and periods;

Understand sentence-length speech in basic personal and social contexts dealing with topics of current political, social and cultural interests;

Speak about themselves and others, initiate and sustain conversations on a variety of subjects, describe and narrate in all major time frames;

Engage in written discourse dealing with impersonal and/or abstract topics.

Continue to deepen knowledge of Arab cultures, including their histories, politics, and literatures, learn and use increasingly sophisticated grammatical and rhetorical structures, and add approximately 500 new words and expressions to your active vocabulary.

Requisite: ARAB 202 or equivalent. Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Five College Senior Lecturer Hassan.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to ASLC majors, then to class year (seniors first).

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: In this course we will use textbooks, audio and video instructional and authentic materials and teacher-prepared materials and exercises. Assessment tools in this course assess the four language skills and are based on attendance and class participation, homework, quizzes, a mid-term and final written exams, in addition to oral presentations and listening evaluations.

Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.