Advanced Arabic I

Students accepted at this level are expected to have mastered language mechanics and possess the high intermediate level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. The course is designed to enable students to attain solid, advanced level proficiency or higher in the various language skills. Readings at this level are extensive and varied in terms of genres and academic interests. They consist exclusively of authentic materials on various contemporary and classical topics in language, literature, and the social sciences. Chapters from books, novels, and lengthy articles form the backbone of this course. Students analyze the stylistic features of different genres and texts. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the nuances of the language and the use of idiomatic expressions and rhetorical devices. Home assignments are varied and typically consist of attending or watching a recording of a lecture, reading a chapter from a book and making an oral presentation in class based on that reading, engaging in a panel discussion with other classmates and one or more of the other instructors in the School, or watching a live TV broadcast (via satellite) of a cultural, historical, political, or religious nature. At the advanced level, students also study the basic structures and phonological system of one of the major colloquial dialects. Students are encouraged to adopt the same linguistic medium that intellectual and educated native speakers of Arabic adopt in their conversations on academic topics. The study of the dialect is uniquely integrated into the general curriculum emphasizing the linguistic realities in the Arab World. Work outside of class requires between four to five hours a day. (1 unit)

Required Text:

Media Arabic. Elgibali et al. AUC Press, 2007. ISBN 9789774161087

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Summer 2015 Language Schools

ARBC3401A-L15 Lecture

Summer 2014 Language Schools

ARBC3401A-L14 Lecture (Al-Shamrani, El-Genidy)

Summer 2013

ARBC3401A-L13 Lecture (El-Genidy, Youssef)

Summer 2012

ARBC3401A-L12 Lecture (Abdel Aleem, El-Araby)
ARBC3401B-L12 Lecture (Said Ramadan, Saleh)

Summer 2011

ARBC3401A-L11 Lecture (Habib, Nahla)

Summer 2010

ARBC3401A-L10 Lecture (Habib, Nahla)

Summer 2009

ARBC3401A-L09 Lecture (Habib, Nahla)

Summer 2008

ARBC3401A-L08 Lecture (Habib, Karout)

Summer 2007

ARBC3401A-L07 Lecture (Habib, Karout)

Summer 2006

ARBC3401A-L06 Lecture (Esmail, Karout)
ARBC3401B-L06 Lecture

Summer 2005

ARBC3401A-L05 Lecture (Esmail, Karout)
ARBC3401B-L05 Lecture

Summer 2004

ARBC3401A-L04 Lecture (Karout, Saker)
ARBC3401B-L04 Lecture (Karout, Saker)