BEGINNING ARABIC 1311 (3 credit hours) 10:00 AM-11:15AM TR JO 4.502 Dr. Zafar Anjum [email protected] By appointment – JO5.608A
COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is an introductory course intended for students with little or no knowledge of the language. Its aim is to present essential vocabulary and grammar, and to develop the pronunciation, listening, reading, and writing skills necessary for basic communication and comprehension. Customs and cultural insights are also presented. It covers the Arabic script and sound system, basic grammar rules, and the study of samples of modern Arabic literature and the press. We will use an audio-lingual approach designed to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in an integrated way by the use of dialogues in realistic situations, class interaction and oral and written drills. Grammar is explained in its functional aspect using basic structures of Arabic. Drills in reading, writing, listening and speaking Arabic are enhanced by the use of CDs/DVDs.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: To pronounce the Arabic vowels, consonants correctly. To pronounce Arabic words correctly, paying special attention to short and long vowels. To begin to develop your ability to speak Arabic. To begin to develop your ability to understand spoken Arabic. To begin to develop your ability to read and write Arabic. To begin acquiring a working knowledge of Arabic grammatical structures and to apply these structures in speech and writing. To begin to develop your functional Arabic vocabulary.
To begin to develop an awareness of various aspects of Arabic culture through reading and discussion. Suggested Textbook Brustad, K., M. Al-Batal, and A. Al- Tonsi. (2010) Alif Baa with DVDs, 3rd Edition. [ISBN: 1-58901-632-3
COURSE CONTENT:The Arabic alphabet (writing and sounds), Sun and Moon letters, short vowels and diacritics, feminine markers, greetings and introductions, basic vocabulary, masculine and feminine nouns and adjectives, the definite article, nationalities and affiliations, asking questions, personal pronouns, plural of nouns, nominal sentence: subject and predicate, genitive construction, possessive pronouns, the present tense, verbal sentence and various cultural aspects will be covered in this class. WEEKLY TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: Week 1:
Alif Baa: Unit 1
Alif Baa: Unit 2
Alif Baa: Unit 7
Alif Baa: Unit 2, 3
Alif Baa: Unit 8
Alif Baa: Unit 3, 4
Alif Baa: Unit 4, 5
Alif Baa: Unit 9
Alif Baa: Unit 5
Alif Baa: Unit 9, 10
Alif Baa: Unit 10
Alif Baa: Unit 6
Final Exam (Exit Exam)
Grading Attendance: Class participation: Homework Assignments: Quizzes: Exams (2) Final Exam
10% 10% 10% 10% 30% 30%
Grade Scale A B C D F
90 % 80 % 70 % 60 % 0-59 %
Course and Instructor Policies Expectations: Your active and constructive participation is expected and is very important in this class which has many individual and group activities. You are expected to come to class, be on time, study, be prepared, and be attentive, not to distract the professor and/or classmates, not to leave during class, and to consult with your instructor if you have questions or difficulties.
Students who put on a display of behavior that is disruptive and disrespectable of the class will be given one warning. Should student decide to continue such a behavior, the student will be asked to leave the class, and will be count as an absent. Should the student refuse to leave the class, the Campus Police will be called to escort the student out. A Formal report will be filed with the UTD administration office to take the necessary actions. The professor reserves the right to change the specific requirements, assignments, grading procedures, and class schedule relating to this course. However, no student's grade will be penalized due to such changes. Statement of Academic Integrity Each student is expected to act in accordance with the highest principles of honesty and truthfulness. A student found cheating on an exam or plagiarizing an assignment will result in failing the course and the action permanently recorded on his/her academic record. You should consult with the professor if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment. Academic Responsibilities Students are expected to be diligent in their studies and attend class regularly and on time. Students are responsible for all class work and assignments. On recommendation of the instructor concerned and with the approval of the Dean, students may, at any time, be dropped from courses. This may result in a “W” or “F” on the student’s permanent record. Class attendance is mandatory. Unexcused absences will result in a reduced grade or failing the course. For the entire semester, maximum number of allowed absents is 5 days. This includes all excused and non-excused absents. A student who manages to be absent for more than five days has to drop the class and
receive a “W” grade, otherwise that student may receive one grade less than what he/she earned (for example, student who earned a “B” and managed to be absent for more than five times, his/her final grade will be a “C”). Students are encouraged to be on time, every two late incidents are counted as one full absent, and you may miss a quiz, so make every effort to be on time. Turn your cell phone off and do not leave the classroom after the class has begun. If you have to leave the classroom for any reason, consult with the professor. If a student have participated intelligently and productively, and have conducted him/herself in the classroom as a serious scholar and not engaged in disruptive or distracting behavior, the professor will consider that in deciding whether to increase the student’s course grade. On the other hand, any failure by the student to meet these requirements will be considered in deciding whether to decrease the student’s course grade. It is also critical that everyone’s viewpoints are respected and no offensive be taken against a particular point of view. The object is to learn about different perspectives. Make-up tests or acceptance of late work will be allowed only under emergency circumstances and with approval by the professor. Quizzes: Quiz will be taken at the beginning of the class. Late students will not be able to take the quiz and thus will lose the marks. Exams: Two tests will be given throughout the semester. Please refer to weekly schedule for their occurrences. Homework Assignments: Workbook and/or other assignments will be given on a regular basis. If you do not have an assignment completed when the instructor asks for it, you will receive a zero. If you were absent, you may show the assignment to your instructor on the day you return to class. You are responsible for any assignment given while you were absent. Final Exam: The final exam is also an exit exam. This means that if you intend to go on to the next level of Arabic, you must pass this exam.
Field Trip Policies: N/A
Student Conduct and Discipline The University of Texas system and the University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A to Z guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year. The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part I, Chapter VI, Section 3, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/8836391).
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in this class, should notify the Disability Services Office early in the semester so that the appropriate arrangements may be made. In accordance with federal law, a student requesting accommodations must provide documentation of his/her disability to the Disability Services counselor.