University of Mississippi
Dr Allen Clark, Director

 

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Courses offered

ARAB 111. Intensive Elementary Arabic I.
ARAB 112. Intensive Elementary Arabic II.
ARAB 211. Intensive Intermediate Arabic I.
ARAB 212. Intensive Intermediate Arabic II.
ARAB 215. Arabic Practicum I.
ARAB 298. Intermediate Arabic Study Abroad.
ARAB 310. Arabic - Special Topics.
ARAB 311. Intensive Arabic V.
ARAB 312. Intensive Arabic VI.
ARAB 313. Colloquial Arabic I.
ARAB 314. Colloquial Arabic II.
ARAB 315. Arabic Practicum II.

Course Descriptions

Level One

Arabic 111 (5 credit hours) – This is our introductory language course and concentrates on establishing a floor of base-knowledge at the sentence level in both speaking and writing, while reading and listening are addressed at the paragraph level. As an extra-curricular activity, we hold Arabic Club meetings once a week as a semi-informal forum for our learners to interact in Arabic with one another under our supervision and to introduce cultural aspects of the Arab World from experiencing its food, songs, and films. This class meets for fifty minutes, five days a week.

Arabic 112 (5 credit hours) – Constituting the second course of elementary instruction in Arabic, ARAB 112 concentrates on developing the speaking skill at the paragraph level while reading, writing, and listening skills move into a discourse level in the form of stories.  The grammar taught in this course is the most complex and wide ranging of any course, requiring much in and out of classroom in context practice. This class meets for fifty minutes, five days a week.

Level Two

Arabic 211 (6 credit hours) – This course forms the first semester in the sequence of intermediate instruction in Arabic. In addition to the general classroom activities that enhance the four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), an Arabic journal is kept throughout the semester in which learners are advised to write on a level appropriate to their current level of linguistic competence. This class meets for two hours, three days a week.

Arabic 212 (6 credit hours) – This course forms the second and final semester in the sequence of intermediate instruction in Arabic. Journaling is continued in this course but the length and detail involved is greater. A final five-page project typed in Arabic is required in which students develop a topic over a three-week period; drafts of the paper are discussed in one-on-one sessions to learn from our mistakes while acquiring appropriate discourse features. These projects are then presented in front of the class in small peer groups. This class meets for two hours, three days a week.

Arabic 215 (6 credit hours) – This course forms the first in a sequence of study abroad experiences. Four hours of classroom instruction per day, five days a week along with a language laboratory in Modern Standard Arabic totaling 6 credit hours. A one-credit course introducing students to the Syrian dialect is offered in a front-loaded intensive style over the first two weeks of classroom instruction. Two educational excursions take place during the program (one during the mid-session break and one at the end of the program) to visit historical and archaeological sites in Jordan.

Level Three

Arabic 311 (3 credit hours) – This course forms the first semester in the sequence of advanced instruction in Arabic. Concentration is placed on idiomatic expressions, use of connectors, vocabulary acquisition, in addition to focusing on reading and listening to extended passages. An Arabic journal is kept throughout the semester in which learners are advised to write on a level appropriate to their current level of linguistic competence. Participation in writing the Arabic Newsletter is mandatory and an issue is published at the end of every semester. This class meets for one hour, four days a week.

Arabic 312 (3 credit hours) – This course forms the second semester in the sequence of advanced instruction in Arabic. Concentration is placed on delivering presentations, arguing one’s viewpoint, watching Arabic TV programs, and enhancing one’s ability to maintain extended discourse. An Arabic journal is kept throughout the semester the subject of which is comprises the articles of our Arabic Newsletter. This class meets for one hour, four days a week.

Arabic 313 (1 credit hour) -- This course forms the third semester in the sequence of colloquial instruction in Arabic. Concentration is placed on idiomatic sayings, reading or listening to something in MSA and relating it in colloquial. This class meets for one hour, once a week.

Arabic 315 (1 credit hour) -- This course forms the fourth semester in the sequence of colloquial instruction in Arabic. Concentration is placed on idiomatic sayings, reading and/or listening to something in MSA and relating it in colloquial. Activities include watching and discussing Ramadan TV specials in class. This class meets for one hour, once a week.