Modern Standard Arabic Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad

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(Formerly AB 301 Advanced Modern Standard Arabic)
Course Information
Discipline(s): 
Arabic Language/Studies
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
6
Language of instruction: 
Arabic
Prerequisites: 

Students who are placed in this level should be capable of achieving the outcomes in the Modern Standard Arabic Independent Abroad level as defined by the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication.

Additional student cost: 

Cost of textbooks

Contact Hours: 
90
Description: 

Students who enter this course will have mastered most of the outcomes of the Independent Abroad level as defined by the IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication. Among other characteristics, these students are able to converse at a rate of speed approaching normal conversation. They are creative, spontaneous, and self-reliant as they solve problems, interpret texts, negotiate, and express their opinions, likes, and dislikes in the culture. Although they still make errors and experience communication breakdowns, these students tend to resolve these challenges on their own. Students who enter this level can already understand a variety of colloquial expressions.

Student Profile
Students entering this level can succeed in a range of moderately complex university courses designed for native speakers. Before registering, they should consult with the appropriate IES Abroad academic advisor on course selection.

By the end of this course, students will have started to acquire the subtlety of expression and control of complex structures that characterize Competent Abroad learners. However, Emerging Competent Abroad learners have only partial mastery of these structures and quite often resort to simpler and more direct modes of expression, particularly when negotiating linguistically difficult or unfamiliar situations. Students at this level begin to understand some local cultural attitudes, values, beliefs, and behavior patterns. However, there will be numerous gaps and inconsistencies in their knowledge, and they lack the depth of understanding and sophistication of those who have spent more time living and working in the local context.

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 Emerging Competent 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 begin to recognize and describe 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 reflect on and discuss the validity of their own cultural beliefs, behaviors, and values by contrasting and comparing them with those of the host cultures.
    3. Students will demonstrate openness toward different beliefs and styles even when they do not agree with them.
    4. Students will accept responsibility for their own learning by defining their linguistic goals and demonstrating independence in their exploration of the culture.
  2. Listening
    1. Students will be able to understand many complex communications on a wide range of everyday topics as well as abstract topics covered in classes.
    2. Students will be able to understand a variety of native speakers and non-native experts and comprehend an array of moderately complex interactions.
  3. Speaking
    1. Students will participate reasonably well in most academic and social interactions using when appropriate complex language including slang, colloquial expressions, double meaning, and humor with increasing confidence.
    2. Students will be able to make arguments and form opinions on almost any topic of their interest.
  4. Reading
    1. Students will be able to read and understand textbooks and academic articles for classes taught in the host language as well as some popular texts for enjoyment.
    2. Students will be able to read and understand authentic materials including newspapers, advertisements, brochures, instruction manuals, etc. on abstract and unfamiliar topics with some assistance at times.
  5. Writing
    1. Students will be able to write for certain native audiences (resumes, applications, administrative documents) and express themselves somewhat clearly and effectively.
    2. Students will be able to write essays for classes incorporating aspects of appropriate academic style with some assistance at times.
Required work and form of assessment: 
  • In-class tests + book report - 20%
  • Mid-terms (2) - 30%
  • Final exam - 30%
  • Regular attendance and punctuality - 10%
  • Participation - active and spontaneous - 10%
content: 
Week Content Assignments Corresponding Learning Outcomes
1

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya Part 2, unit 7 +

  1. Functional : common courtesy phrases, greetings, thanks …
  2. Grammatical : gender of nouns and nominalization
  3. Vocabulary : word families
  4. Culture : cultural surprises
  • Observe the differences of behavior and attitude in the streets, in the stores, at home, compared to the United States
  • Quiz 1
I.A. I.C.
2

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya Part 2, unit 8 +

  1. Functional : how to read and understand a text
  2. Grammatical : past tense of different verb patterns
  3. Vocabulary : the weather
  4. Culture : weather proverbs
  • Students are given a list of 10 novels. They need to spend some time in a bookstore, choose a book and start reading it
  • Quiz 2
I.D. III.A. IV.A.
3

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya Part 2, unit 9 +

  1. Functional : methodology for writing a book report
  2. Grammatical : prepositions in Arabic and their functions
  3. Vocabulary : space and time
  4. Culture : students’ accommodations
  • Spot the main ideas of a document and reword them
  • Quiz 3
I.CV. I.D. IV.A.
4

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya Part 2, unit 10 +

  1. Functional : how to describe a health problem : symptoms and how it shows…
  2. Grammatical : prepositions and adverbs of time
  3. Vocabulary: words and phrases related to the body
  4. Culture : Traditional medicine in Morocco
  • Identify, in a very recent newspaper, an item on a current health issue, read it and give an account of it
  • Quiz 4
II.A. III.B. IV.B.
5

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya Part 3, unit 1 +

  1. Functional : ask questions quickly and precisely. Spontaneously react to various requests
  2. Grammatical : future (All forms)
  3. Vocabulary : review of vocabulary previously studied
  4. Culture : « the news »
  • Act out a play created by students about a topic of their choice
  • Quiz 4
III.A. IV.B. V.A. IV.B.
6

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya  Part 3, unit 2 +

  1. Functional : work on the diversity of sentences in a paragraph
  2. Grammatical : relative pronouns
  3. Vocabulary : the environment, ecology
  4. Culture : Mini-quiz on Moroccan geography
  • Compose a descriptive text. Describe a famous and appreciated natural site : landscape, vegetation, in Morocco / USA
  • Quiz 5
I.B. IV.A. IV.B.
7

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya  Part 3, unit 3 +

  1. Functional : organization of speech : use of link words
  2. Grammatical : present and past conditional. Hypothesis and condition
  3. Vocabulary : find synonyms
  4. Culture : field study
  • Spot the main ideas of a document and reword them, field study report
  • Midterm Exam
I.C. I.D. II.B. VB.B.
8

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya  Part 3, unit 4 +

  1. Functional : know how to choose your language register
  2. Grammatical : pronouns
  3. Vocabulary : idiomatic expressions
  4. Culture : languages used by Moroccans
  • Present  the book report to the class
  • Quiz 6
IV.B. V.A.
9

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya  Part 3, unit 5 +

  1. Functional : express your point of view
  2. Grammatical : Passive voice forms
  3. Vocabulary: feelings and emotions
  4. Culture : documentary watched in class
  • Prepare an oral argument on the topic of the documentary, comment, justify your opinion
  • Quiz 7
II.A. II.B. III.B.
10

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya  Part 3, unit 6 +

  1. Functional : know how to express quantity, identity
  2. Grammatical : indefinite words
  3. Vocabulary : review of vocabulary related
  4. Culture : Bio food in Morocco
  • Present a bio dish you intend to prepare to your American guests
  • Quiz 8
I.A. III.A. V.A. V.B.
11

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya  Part 3, unit 7 +

  1. Functional : express yourself logically
  2. Grammatical : expression of cause, effect and purpose
  3. Vocabulary : idiomatic expressions
  4. Culture : tourism and travel
  • Write a summary of an article on trip you went on
  • Quiz 9
I.D. III.A. V.A.
12

Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya  Part 3, General Review

  1. Functional : know how to argue in Arabic
  2. Grammatical : expression of opposition and concession
  3. Vocabulary : professional life
  4. Culture : what kind of worker are you ?
  • In pairs, prepare a discussion on some situations in the professional world that the two countries have in common
  • Quiz 10
I.C. I.D. II.B. III .B.
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 2(2nd edition)
  • Kristen Brustad et al,  Al-kitab Fi Ta’allum Al-‘Arabiyya Part 3(2nd edition)