Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Independent Abroad

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(Formerly AB 251 Upper Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic)
Course Information
Discipline(s): 
Arabic Language/Studies
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
6
Language of instruction: 
Arabic
Prerequisites: 

Students taking this course need to take the Modern Standard Arabic Emerging Independent Abroad course as defined by the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication.

Additional student cost: 

Cost of textbooks

Contact Hours: 
90
Description: 

Student Profile
Students who enter this level are able to accomplish everyday needs required to live in a new culture.  In this course, students will develop independence and autonomy so that, when communication does break down, they have enough tools at their disposal to resolve these challenges on their own.  Students should welcome and invite correction and guidance from their instructors, hosts, and others in the community as they progress. They will also begin to recognize their own and their peers’ errors.

By the end of this course, students will begin to converse at a rate of speed approaching normal conversation. They will be creative, spontaneous and self-reliant as they solve problems, interpret texts, negotiate, and express their opinions, likes, and dislikes in the culture. Although students will still make errors and experience communication breakdowns, they are much more likely to resolve these on their own. Students will understand a variety of colloquial expressions, and will be able to understand a wider variety of native speakers from different backgrounds.

By the end of this level, students will be capable of achieving the learning outcomes outlined below.

Attendance policy: 

Class attendance is compulsory. Each student will be allowed only two unexcused absences throughout the course. For each unexcused absence beyond this there will be a reduction in the final grade. Students who are late to class on a regular basis will also receive a reduction in their final grade and/or disciplinary action.

Students should not exceed 2 absences in each (45 hours) content course.
Students should not exceed 4 absences in the (90 hours) Arabic language course.

Any additional absence would lower the grades as follows:
1 more absence = will lower the final grade by 5 %
2 more absences= will lower the final grade by 10 %
3 more absences = will lower the grade by 15 %
4 more absences = will lower the grade by 20 %

Any additional absences will continue to lower the final grade by 5% increments. 

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students will be able to achieve some of the outcomes for the Independent Abroad level as defined by the MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication. The key learning outcomes from the MAP are summarized below:

  1. Intercultural Communication
    1. Students will be able to identify and describe some key host cultures, subcultures, habits, norms, and behaviors in a variety of settings, and they will be aware of the risk that generalizations can lead to stereotypes.
    2. Students will be able to discuss the validity of their own cultural beliefs, behaviors, and values by contrasting and comparing them with the host cultures.
    3. Students will be able to interpret gestures and body language, and they will integrate some of those nonverbal actions into their interactions with native speakers.
    4. Students will recognize and at times conform to socio-cultural norms in almost any transactional event.
  2. Listening
    1. Students will be able to understand most spoken communications of moderate complexity (media and film, speeches, music, conversations, etc.) on a wide range of concrete everyday topics as well as abstract topics covered in classes. 
    2. Students will be able to understand native speakers from a variety of backgrounds and limited experience with non-native speakers, and they will comprehend common colloquial expressions and slang.
  3. Speaking
    1. Students will be able to speak on and discuss a wide range of concrete every day and personal topics, abstract topics covered in classes, as well as other topics of particular interest to them.
    2. Students will be able to participate, initiate, and respond actively in a wide variety of interactions.
    3. Students will be able to narrate sequences of events with some degree of accuracy.
  4. Reading
    1. Students will be able to read and understand a wide variety of articles, stories, and online texts using background knowledge to aid their comprehension.
    2. Students will be able to read and understand academic texts with assistance.
  5. Writing
    1. Students will be able to meet their everyday writing needs (notes, text messages, letters, emails, chats, online forums).
    2. Students will be able to write papers for class that narrate, describe, report, compare, contrast, and summarize on a wide range of topics.
    3. Students will be able to edit their own and their peers’ writing.
Required work and form of assessment: 
  • In-class tests + presentation of an article + film analysis - 20%
  • Mid-term - 30%
  • Final exam - 30%
  • Attendance and punctuality - 10%
  • Participation - active and spontaneous - 10%
content: 
Week Content Assignments Corresponding Learning Outcomes
1

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 1), Review

  1. Functional : find your way in a new daily environment
  2. Grammatical : particular forms of the present tense.
  3. Vocabulary : verbs of movement
  4. Culture : Use and proper use: pronouns.
  • Write about the first impressions of the city of Rabat / Fes
I.A. III.A. V.A V.B.
2

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 1), Unit 10

  1. Functional : greetings and manners at home and outside
  2. Grammatical : the  past tense of different verb patterns
  3. Vocabulary : the family
  4. Culture : last names, first names and nicknames of Arab/Moroccan people
  • Tell an unforgettable or forgotten childhood memory
I.D. I.C.III.A. V.B.
3

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 1), Unit 11

  1. Functional : understand a written document. How to choose a newspaper article and present it
  2. Grammatical : personal pronouns
  3. Vocabulary : the press and media
  4. Culture : newspapers and magazines at IES and in the host family
  • Look for two news items in the press. Relate them with your own words
I.A. IV.A.
4

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 1), Unit 12

  1. Functional : give your opinion on a film, positive and negative criticism
  2. Grammatical : adverbs
  3. Vocabulary : the cinema
  4. Culture : Moroccan cinema
  • Discussion of a film, and written summary of the plot
I.B. II.A. V.B.
5

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 1), Unit 13

  1. Functional : know how to describe places
  2. Grammatical : relative pronouns
  3. Vocabulary : review of vocabulary previously studied
  4. Culture : cultural places in Morocco
  • Comparing cultural places in the USA and in Morocco
I.D. III.B.V.B.
6

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 2), Unit 1

  1. Functional : locate events in time, talk about your field trip project
  2. Grammatical : the different futures. Prepositions of time
  3. Vocabulary : vocabulary for the field study
  4. Culture : field study : exhibition or visit
  • Write clear and detailed answers to a questionnaire about the field study
I.A. II.A. III.B.
7

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 2), Unit 2

  1. Functional : ask (yourself) questions about social reality
  2. Grammatical : conditional, condition and hypothesis
  3. Vocabulary : free time and leisure
  4. Culture : live the Moroccan way. It is worth experiencing?
  • In pairs, prepare oral interactive strategies.
  • Write a structured paragraph on one of your hobbies
  • Midterm Exam
I.B. III.B. VB.
8

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 2), Unit 3

  1. Functional : characterize something. Describe and compare facts, ideas
  2. Grammatical : masculine and feminine nouns. Locate in space
  3. Vocabulary : student life
  4. Culture : school and university education in Morocco
  • Construct an argumentative plan with introduction and conclusion : « Making friends on the internet, is it possible ? »
I.D. III.B III.C. V.B.
9

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 2), Unit 4

  1. Functional : express your opinion
  2. Grammatical : passive voice
  3. Vocabulary : approve/disapprove
  4. Culture : social climate and demonstrations in Morocco
  • Choose a current event from the press and express your point of view in class
I.B. III.C. IV.A.
10

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 2), Unit 5

  1. Functional : logical connectors
  2. Grammatical : possessives and demonstratives
  3. Vocabulary : review of vocabulary previously studied
  4. Culture : consumer society
  • Write a short report about your consumption habits in Morocco.
IV.A. V.B.
11

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 2), Unit 6

  1. Functional : more formal aspect of oral and written speech
  2. Grammatical : present, future past (review)
  3. Vocabulary : short vocabulary of history and art
  4. Culture : cultural quiz
  • Present a historical event of the United States and Morocco, orally and in writing
I.D. II.A. III.C.
12

Al Kitaab Fi Taalum Al Arabia (Book 2), Unit 7

General Review +

  1. Functional : know how to present/portray someone
  2. Grammatical : adjectives
  3. Vocabulary : portrait
  4. Culture : cultural diversity
  • Portray someone you met in Morocco
I.B. I.C. III.C. V.C.
13 Final Exam    

 

Required readings: 

The course is essentially based on materials from:

  • Kristen Brustad et al,  Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya Part 1(2nd edition) or (3rd  edition), 2011
  • Kristen Brustad et al,  Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya Part 2(2nd edition)