Lama Nassif

Faculty

Lama Nassif is a PhD student from Syria in the Foreign Language Education Program at University of Texas at Austin, where she also serves as a teaching assistant at the Middle Eastern Studies Department.  She earned an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature, a Postgraduate Diploma in Linguistics, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation from Damascus University.  She also earned an MA in TESOL and a Certificate in Computer-Assisted Language Learning from Monterey Institute of International Studies on a Fulbright Scholarship.  Lama has taught English and Arabic at the undergraduate and graduate levels for 12 years in Syria, Kuwait, and the United States.  She has also been involved in several institution-wide projects concerning curriculum design, materials evaluation, and assessment. She is interested in second language acquisition, particularly cognitive approaches, and the interface between second language acquisition and second language pedagogy.

 
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ARBC0101 - Beginning Arabic I      

Beginning Arabic I
The goal of this course is to begin developing reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. This course stresses written and oral communication, using both formal Arabic and some Egyptian dialect. Emphasis is also placed on reading authentic texts from Arabic media sources, listening to and watching audio and video materials, and developing students' understanding of Arab culture. 6 hrs lect/disc. LNG

Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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ARBC0201 - Intermediate Arabic I      

Intermediate Arabic I
This course is a continuation of ARBC 0103. Emphasis is placed on reading authentic materials from Arabic media, expanding students' vocabulary, listening to and watching audio and video materials, and developing students' understanding of Arab culture and communicative competence. (ARBC 0103 or equivalent) 6 hrs. lect/disc LNG

Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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ARBC0205 - Levantine Arabic I      

Levantine Arabic I
In this course students will establish a foundational knowledge of the Arabic dialect spoken in the Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), with particular emphasis on the widely-understood Damascene Syrian Arabic. Through focusing on listening, speaking, and some written texts in a variety of contexts, we will work on the pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammatical structures specific to Levantine Arabic to enhance communication skills as well as general knowledge of Arab culture. Course materials will be drawn from a variety of sources, including textbooks, media, films, and songs. The course serves as a preparation for study abroad in an Arab country. (ARBC 0103) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LNG

Spring 2015, Spring 2016

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ARBC0227 / LNGT0227 - Arabic Sociolinguistics      

Arabic Sociolinguistics (taught in English)
In this course we will focus on the inter-relationships between the way Arabic is used by native speakers and the various social contexts affecting that usage. In particular, we will discuss the phenomenon of diglossia in Arabic speech communities (that is, the co-existence of Modern Standard Arabic with the vernacular Arabic dialects of today); aspects of linguistic variation and change in the Arab world; the relation between register and language; as well as the relation between language and such sociological variables as education, social status, political discourse, and gender. Readings are primarily drawn from sociolinguists' studies in the Arab world. (ARBC 0101 or instructor's approval) AAL SOC

Spring 2015

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ARBC0229 / LNGT0229 - Arabic Learning & Instruction      

Issues and Theory in Arabic Learning and Instruction
In this course we will study second language acquisition in theory and in practice. Using Arabic as our starting point, we will examine core issues in language learning and instruction, such as the teaching of culture, learner variables, and evaluating outcomes. We will also address issues specific to Arabic language learning, such as Arabic diglossia and current curricular innovation. Building on our theoretical work, we will analyze and evaluate language-learning resources, methods of lesson planning, and materials development. Class sessions will include discussions of contemporary trends in language teaching, language task creation and evaluation, and student teaching demonstrations with peer feedback. (ARBC 0103) 3 hrs. lect/disc. AAL SOC

Spring 2016

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ARBC0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval Required)

Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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ARBC0600 - Senior Project      

Spring 2016

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ARBC0700 - Senior Thesis I      

Senior Thesis I
Approval required.

Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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ARBC0701 - Senior Thesis II      

Senior Thesis II
Approval required.

Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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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