Cynthia Brandenburg

Faculty

Cynthia Brandenburg holds an MA in Arabic Language and Literature with a specialization in classical Arabic literature from the American University in Cairo (2008) and a BA in Arabic Language and Literature and Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London (1998).  She has lived and worked in Egypt for over 10 years and has experience living and/or working in the UAE, KSA, Jordan, and Kuwait.  She comes to Middlebury from the University of Michigan, where she worked as the Arabic Flagship Language Coordinator and has taught advanced Arabic and Egyptian Arabic.  Her interests include classical Arabic literature and language teaching and pedagogy.  She participated in the reading and translation of an Egyptian poet, Aml Dunkal, at an Intersections Poetry event hosted by Indiana University.  She will continue her PhD studies at Georgetown University in the fall of 2012.

 

Courses

Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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ARBC3101 - Elementary Arabic      

The beginning level is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. During the first week, elementary level students sign a modified pledge allowing them to interact with their instructor in English while in class. In all other aspects of their daily life in the school, beginning level students abide by the full Language Pledge. From the first day of classes, students are exposed to authentic reading and listening materials. They engage in functional activities, often in small groups, necessary to their survival in the school community and later on in an Arab setting. Students at the elementary level are introduced to the use of Arabic computer software and to listening materials in digitized form and on the Internet. Reading assignments from Arabic sources on the Internet are also a feature of this level. Students write long compositions and make oral presentations in class in a way that makes the use of Arabic a natural process and helps students at this level blend in with students from higher levels. Students are expected to spend between four and five hours outside of class working on assignments and preparing for next day's class. (1 unit)

Required Texts:
/Alif Baa: An Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds/, Third Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2010. ISBN 9781589016323

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part I, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2004. ISBN 9781589011045

The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Spoken Languages Services. ISBN 9780879500030

Summer 2012

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ARBC3102 - Elementary Arabic      

The beginning level is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. During the first week, elementary level students sign a modified pledge allowing them to interact with their instructor in English while in class. In all other aspects of their daily life in the school, beginning level students abide by the full Language Pledge. From the first day of classes, students are exposed to authentic reading and listening materials. They engage in functional activities, often in small groups, necessary to their survival in the school community and later on in an Arab setting. Students at the elementary level are introduced to the use of Arabic computer software and to listening materials in digitized form and on the Internet. Reading assignments from Arabic sources on the Internet are also a feature of this level. Students write long compositions and make oral presentations in class in a way that makes the use of Arabic a natural process and helps students at this level blend in with students from higher levels. Students are expected to spend between four and five hours outside of class working on assignments and preparing for next day's class. (1 unit)

Required Texts:
/Alif Baa: An Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds/, Third Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2010. ISBN 9781589016323

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part I, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2004. ISBN 9781589011045

The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Spoken Languages Services. ISBN 9780879500030

Summer 2012

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ARBC3103 - Elementary Arabic      

The beginning level is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. During the first week, elementary level students sign a modified pledge allowing them to interact with their instructor in English while in class. In all other aspects of their daily life in the school, beginning level students abide by the full Language Pledge. From the first day of classes, students are exposed to authentic reading and listening materials. They engage in functional activities, often in small groups, necessary to their survival in the school community and later on in an Arab setting. Students at the elementary level are introduced to the use of Arabic computer software and to listening materials in digitized form and on the Internet. Reading assignments from Arabic sources on the Internet are also a feature of this level. Students write long compositions and make oral presentations in class in a way that makes the use of Arabic a natural process and helps students at this level blend in with students from higher levels. Students are expected to spend between four and five hours outside of class working on assignments and preparing for next day's class. (1 unit)

Required Texts:
/Alif Baa: An Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds/, Third Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2010. ISBN 9781589016323

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part I, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2004. ISBN 9781589011045

The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Spoken Languages Services. ISBN 9780879500030

Summer 2012

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ARBC3104 - Elementary Arabic      

The beginning level is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. During the first week, elementary level students sign a modified pledge allowing them to interact with their instructor in English while in class. In all other aspects of their daily life in the school, beginning level students abide by the full Language Pledge. From the first day of classes, students are exposed to authentic reading and listening materials. They engage in functional activities, often in small groups, necessary to their survival in the school community and later on in an Arab setting. Students at the elementary level are introduced to the use of Arabic computer software and to listening materials in digitized form and on the Internet. Reading assignments from Arabic sources on the Internet are also a feature of this level. Students write long compositions and make oral presentations in class in a way that makes the use of Arabic a natural process and helps students at this level blend in with students from higher levels. Students are expected to spend between four and five hours outside of class working on assignments and preparing for next day's class. (1 unit)

Required Texts:
/Alif Baa: An Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds/, Third Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2010. ISBN 9781589016323

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part I, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2004. ISBN 9781589011045

The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Spoken Languages Services. ISBN 9780879500030

Summer 2012

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The Arabic School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5230
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Arabic School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Barbara Walter, Coordinator
arabicschool@middlebury.edu