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Haverford College

2012-13 Course Catalog

Areas of Concentration / Programs: Arabic, 2012-13



Arabic language instruction is offered through Tri-College cooperation. Courses are available at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore colleges. The teaching of Arabic is a component of the three colleges' efforts to increase the presence of the Middle East in their curricula. Bryn Mawr offers courses on the Middle East in the departments of Anthropology, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Comparative Literature, General Studies, History and Political Science.

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Bryn Mawr College Visiting Assistant Professor Sooyong Kim
Instructor and Coordinator Manar Darwish

Swarthmore College
Assistant Professor Aman Attieh

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S001, H001, H002 Intensive First Year Modern Standard Arabic

A.Attieh, F.Perry, B.El Guabli
This is a year-long course. This intensive introduction to Arabic aims to develop the four language skills of speaking, writing, listening, and reading. The spoken component covers formal and casual forms of speech. Cultural aspects are also built into the course. This course sequence helps students to rapidly advance in Arabic and prepares them for more advanced work on literary Arabic, as well as to work, travel or study abroad. By the end of the sequence, most students will reach the intermediate-low level, according to the ACTFL proficiency rating. Offered at Bryn Mawr and Haverford in alternate years. Drills taught on both campuses.

S003, B003, B004 Second Year Modern Standard Arabic

A.Attieh, C.Suleiman, B.El Guabli
This is a year-long course. This course is designed to build on comprehension, listening, reading and writing skills developed in the previous course sequence. Students gain increased vocabulary and understanding of more complex grammatical structures, and will be able to approach prose, fiction and non-fiction written in Arabic. Students will also increase their proficiency in Arabic script and sound system; learn key grammatical concepts; and practice conversation and dictation. Instruction combines intensive oral practice with writing and reading in the modern language. Offered at Bryn Mawr and Haverford in alternate years. Drills taught on both campuses.

S011, S012 Third-Year Modern Standard Arabic

B.El Guabli
This is a year-long course. It is designed to (1) conduct a quick review of the basic structures, grammar and the first 1,000 most frequent words of modern standard Arabic (MSA) learned in earlier courses; (2) introduce the next 1,500 high-frequency words in a variety of contexts with strong cultural content; (3) drill students in the more advanced grammatical structures of MSA; and (4) train students in developing reading skills that will assist them in comprehending a variety of MSA authentic reading passages of various genres and performing reading tasks ranging from intermediate high to advanced levels on the ACTFL scale. Offered at Swarthmore.

ARAB S013 Foreign Language Teaching & Pedagogy (Cross-listed as EDUC 072)

This course has two elements that are developed together throughout the course of the semester. Students can serve the Swarthmore community by teaching a foreign language to local elementary school students in an after-school program that meets two times/week. Students must teach for the entire six-week session, two days per week (M/W or T/Th). During the evening pedagogy sessions held on campus, we will discuss writing weekly lesson plans, foreign language acquisition in children, teaching methodologies and approaches. We use a common goal-oriented curriculum among all the languages. Students must register for the language or educational studies course that they will be teaching and for a service time (A) M/W or (B) T/Th. Offered at Swarthmore.

ARAB B403 Independent Study


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