Ghazi Abuhakema

Faculty

Ghazi Abuhakema is assistant professor and coordinator of the Arabic program at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Ghazi earned a B.A. at al-Yarmouk University, Jordan; a teaching certificate and translation diploma at Birzeit University, Palestine; an M.A. in teaching English as a second language at St. Michael's College, Vermont; and a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the founding dean of the Arabic Language Village in Minnesota, and has taught Arabic at various levels at UT Austin, Montclair State University, the College of Charleston, and Middlebury College, both during the academic year and in intensive summer programs. Ghazi's research interests include the role of culture in learning a foreign language and theories of language acquisition in the education of heritage and non-heritage learners. He is an ACTFL-certified Oral Proficiency Interview tester and a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the American Association for Teachers of Arabic, and the Middle East Studies Association.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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ARBC 3397 - High Intermediate Arabic II      

This level builds on the writing and conversational skills the students already have in order to take them up to the advanced proficiency level. The students study literary discourse and news reports, along with listening to authentic interviews and talks, write lengthy assignments, and give short oral presentations. In addition, they review some advanced grammatical rules on daily basis. They also choose one of the dialects offered in the School to acquire the necessary conversational skills that would enable them to engage in a meaningful discourse with educated Arabs in a medium that is not considered artificial or unfamiliar in the Arab World. 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.

Required Text:
/Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic/. Al-Warraki et al. AUC Press, 1994. ISBN 9789774243547

Media Arabic. Elgibali et al. AUC Press, 2014. ISBN 9789774166525

Additional texts selected by the instructors

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session

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ARBC 3398 - High Intermediate Arabic II      

This level builds on the writing and conversational skills the students already have in order to take them up to the advanced proficiency level. The students study literary discourse and news reports, along with listening to authentic interviews and talks, write lengthy assignments, and give short oral presentations. In addition, they review some advanced grammatical rules on daily basis. They also choose one of the dialects offered in the School to acquire the necessary conversational skills that would enable them to engage in a meaningful discourse with educated Arabs in a medium that is not considered artificial or unfamiliar in the Arab World. 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.

Required Text:
/Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic/. Al-Warraki et al. AUC Press, 1994. ISBN 9789774243547

Media Arabic. Elgibali et al. AUC Press, 2014. ISBN 9789774166525

Additional texts selected by the instructors

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session

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ARBC 3399 - High Intermediate Arabic II      

This level builds on the writing and conversational skills the students already have in order to take them up to the advanced proficiency level. The students study literary discourse and news reports, along with listening to authentic interviews and talks, write lengthy assignments, and give short oral presentations. In addition, they review some advanced grammatical rules on daily basis. They also choose one of the dialects offered in the School to acquire the necessary conversational skills that would enable them to engage in a meaningful discourse with educated Arabs in a medium that is not considered artificial or unfamiliar in the Arab World. 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.

Required Text:
/Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic/. Al-Warraki et al. AUC Press, 1994. ISBN 9789774243547

Media Arabic. Elgibali et al. AUC Press, 2014. ISBN 9789774166525

Additional texts selected by the instructors

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session

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ARBC 3400 - High Intermediate Arabic II      

This level builds on the writing and conversational skills the students already have in order to take them up to the advanced proficiency level. The students study literary discourse and news reports, along with listening to authentic interviews and talks, write lengthy assignments, and give short oral presentations. In addition, they review some advanced grammatical rules on daily basis. They also choose one of the dialects offered in the School to acquire the necessary conversational skills that would enable them to engage in a meaningful discourse with educated Arabs in a medium that is not considered artificial or unfamiliar in the Arab World. 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.

Required Text:
/Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic/. Al-Warraki et al. AUC Press, 1994. ISBN 9789774243547

Media Arabic. Elgibali et al. AUC Press, 2014. ISBN 9789774166525

Additional texts selected by the instructors

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session

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ARBC 6616 - Arab Sociolinguistics      

Arabic Sociolinguistics focuses on the various aspects of human behavior that influence language use, learning and acquisition. Inter-relationships between language use and the social contexts that shape it will be examined. Topics of Arabic sociolinguistics that will be discussed include diglossia and the dichotomy between Modern Standard Arabic and the dialeccts, code-switching, gendered discourse and language identity, geographical and social variation, language education, language policy and politics. Students will read articles, and case studies that manifest language use on the various aspects of these topics and will be required to reflect on such readings in writing and orally drawing on their personal experiences and how these topics function within their own communities in comparison to what is prevalent in Arab societies. Linguistics

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ARBC 6694 - Assessmt Foreign Lang Classrm      

Assessment in Foreign Language Classroom

The course will introduce students to the theoretical issues of testing, assessment and evaluation in the field of foreign language classroom. Students will also be exposed to valid and reliable assessment tools in task, content, and performance-based foreign language classrooms. The course will expose students to basic statistical procedures used in measuring the validity and reliability of tests. Students will explore the different types of tests created for the different skill areas of foreign language teaching. Linguistics Pedagogy

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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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

Email
arabicschool@middlebury.edu