Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Fall 2014 Spoken Arabic Courses

[spoken-arabic-gif]The Center offers Supervised Independent Study courses in Egyptian Arabic, Levantine Arabic and Moroccan Arabic. Other dialects may occasionally be available. Check with the Center about other possibiltiies.

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.

Prerequisite: 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.

Course Format

Spoken Arabic courses are offered in a Supervised Independent Study format. Students in a Supervised Independent Spoken Arabic course will work independently during the week and 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 or an external evaluator; 10% on weekly attendance, and 10% on on time submission of weekly self-assesment reports. 

Spoken Arabic Courses Available in Fall 2014 

How to Apply

 * Session times for Levantine Arabic I and Levantine Arabic II will be scheduled based on the schedules of students who have registered and provided fall schedule information to the Center by May 1, 2014. Upper-level Levantine sessions and all Egyptian and Moroccan sessions will be scheduled in early August with preference given in order of application and submission of fall schedule information. Students who are abroad should apply in April from abroad and communicate with Center staff about course placement procedures. Students who apply after sessions are scheduled will need to be able to join existing sections in order to enroll. 

Levantine Arabic

Levantine Arabic I     This course is appropriate for students who have had at least one year of Modern Standard Arabic that included a significant speaking component in either MSA or a dialect. The focus is on practical eveyday conversation and listening comprehension. Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Levantine Arabic II     Prerequisite: Levantine Arabic I or the equivalent. Students who have had a significant introduction to Levantine Arabic in a first-year Arabic course may be able to start with Levantine II. Students who began to learn Levantine Arabic through a single summer or single semester abroad often can enter level II upon return. Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Levantine Arabic III     Prerequisite: Levantine Arabic II or the equivalent. Students who have studied Levantine Arabic extensively during one or two terms abroad can sometimes start in level III if the time abroad provided significant opportunities for language practice. Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Levantine Arabic IV    Prerequisite: Levantine Arabic III or the equivalent. This is an upper-level course for students who can already handle basic everyday communicative needs in Levantine and are ready to work on more advanced conversational skills such as talking about current events, and expressing abstract ideas and opinions. Students who have spent at least two terms abroad and have used Levantine Arabic extensively with host families, peers, or volunteer/internship settings can sometimes start with Levantine Arabic IV.  Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Levantine Arabic V   Prerequisite: Levantine Arabic IV or the equivalent. Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Levantine Arabic VI   Prerequisite: Levantine Arabic IV or the equivalent. Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Egyptian Arabic

Egyptian Arabic I      This course is appropriate for students who have had at least one year of Modern Standard Arabic that included a significant speaking component in either MSA or a dialect. The focus is on practical eveyday conversation and listening comprehension. Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Egyptian Arabic II      Prerequisite: Egyptian Arabic I or the equivalent. Students who have had a significant introduction to Egyptian Arabic in a first-year Arabic course may be able to start with Egyptian II. Students who began to learn Egyptian Arabic through a single summer or single semester abroad often can enter level II upon return. Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Egyptian Arabic III      Prerequisite: Egyptian Arabic II or the equivalent. Students who have studied  Egyptian Arabic extensively during one or two terms abroad can sometimes start in level III if the time abroad provided significant opportunities for language practice. Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Egyptian Arabic IV     Prerequisite: Egyptian Arabic III or the equivalent. This is an upper-level course for students who can already handle basic everyday communicative needs in Egyptian and are ready to work on more advanced conversational skills such as talking about current events, and expressing abstract ideas and opinions. Students who have spent at least two terms abroad and have used Egyptian Arabic extensively with host families, peers, or volunteer/internship settings can sometimes start with Egyptian Arabic IV.  Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Morocan Arabic

Moroccan Arabic I          This course is appropriate for students who have had at least one year of Modern Standard Arabic that included a significant speaking component in either MSA or a dialect. The focus is on practical eveyday conversation and listening comprehension. Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Moroccan Arabic II          Prerequisite: Moroccan Arabic I or the equivalent. Students who have had a significant introduction to Moroccan Arabic in a first-year Arabic course may be able to start with Moroccan II. Students who began to learn Moroccan Arabic through a single summer or single semester abroad may be able to enter level II upon return. Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Moroccan Arabic III        Prerequisite: Moroccan Arabic II or the equivalent. Students who have studied  Moroccan Arabic extensively during one or two terms abroad may be able to start in level III if the time abroad provided significant opportunities for language practice. Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Moroccan Arabic IV        Prerequisite: Moroccan Arabic III or the equivalent. This is an upper-level course for students who can already handle basic everyday communicative needs in Moroccan and are ready to work on more advanced conversational skills such as talking about current events, and expressing abstract ideas and opinions. Students who have spent at least two terms abroad and have used Moroccan Arabic extensively with host families, peers, or volunteer/internship settings can sometimes start with Moroccan Arabic IV.  Course session times and locations to be arranged. *

Other dialects

Other dialects are sometimes possible. Contact fclrc@hfa.umass.edu for more information.