Egyptian Arabic and Levantine Arabic. Check with the Center about the availabiltiy of Moroccan, Iraqi, or other dialects.
Spoken Arabic courses are designed to complement classroom offerings in Modern Standard Arabic by giving Arabic students an opportunity to develop conversational skills in a specific dialect. The courses require 4-5 hours per week of independent language practice and participation in a 1.5 hour a week small group conversation session.
Before enrolling in an Arabic dialect course, students are required to have completed the equivalent of one year of elementary Modern Standard Arabic in a course with a significant speaking component in MSA or a dialect.
Credit : Spoken Arabic courses are half courses. Half courses are worth 1.5 credits at UMass. Five College interchange credit is: Amherst – ½ course; Hampshire – 1 course; Mount Holyoke – 2 credits; Smith – 2 credits and at the elementary level two courses or the equivalent are required to receive credit.
Spoken Arabic courses are offered in either Mentored or Independent Study formats depending upon the type of conversation partner assigned to the course and how the final grade is determined.
Mentored Spoken Arabic
Mentored Spoken Arabic courses are lead by a language mentor trained in language pedagogy. This may be a visiting Fulbright scholar, a graduate teaching assistant or a post-baccalaureate mentor with language pedagogy training. A mentored conversation group typically will have three to five students, although some sections may be larger or smaller. The final grade in a mentored Spoken Arabic course will be based 50% on the student’s work during the semester and 50% on a final oral evaluation conducted by a member of the Five College Arabic faculty.
Supervised Independent Spoken Arabic
When trained language personnel are not available, some Spoken Arabic courses will be offered in the Supervised Independent course format. Students in a Supervised Independent Spoken Arabic course will work independently during the week and then have a 1.5 hour conversation session with a native speaker trained to be a conversation partner with the program. A Supervised Independent conversation group will typically have one to three students. Most conversation partners are undergraduates; some graduate students or community members may also be conversation partners. The final grade for a Supervised Independent Spoken Arabic course will be based 80% on a final oral evaluation conducted by a member of the Five College Arabic faculty and 20% on the student’s attendance, preparation, and submission of weekly self-assessment reports.
Spoken Arabic Courses Available in Spring 2014
Spoken Arabic courses for Spring 2014 will be primarily in the Supervised Independent format. It is possible Egyptian courses will be available in Mentored format, depending upon enrollments and budgetary resources. Interested students should apply and will be informed of the course format as the situation becomes clear. Sessions will be scheduled based on the schedules of students who apply and are accepted during pre-registration and early January. Students who register after sessions are scheduled will need to be able to join existing sections in order to enroll.
Egyptian Arabic I to be arranged *
Egyptian Arabic II to be arranged *
Egyptian Arabic III to be arranged *
Egyptian Arabic IV to be arranged *
Levantine Arabic I to be arranged *
Levantine Arabic II to be arranged *
Levantine Arabic III to be arranged *
Levantine Arabic IV to be arranged *
Levantine Arabic V to be arranged *
Levantine Arabic VI to be arranged *
Moroccan Arabic I to be arranged * (limited availability)
Iraqi Arabic I to be arranged * (limited availability)
* Scheduling of sections will be done in December and early January. Students who apply after sessions are scheduled will need to be able to join existing sections in order to enroll.