Middlebury Language Schools

 

Marie-Thérèse Labaki holds a BA in Educational Psychology from St. Joseph University in Beirut and an MA in Education with a concentration in International Teaching from Framingham State University. She is currently working at the American University of Beirut, where she coordinates and teaches Lebanese Arabic courses. She also conducted the initial Lebanese Arabic curriculum design, materials evaluation, and assessment, and she participated actively in setting up AUB's summer Arabic programs.

Labaki's international experience includes having taught in previous Arabic summer programs at Middlebury College, as well as in other academic institutions in Lebanon and the Gulf.

Multilingual, she has a keen interest in foreign languages, psycholinguistics and the cognitive approach to second language acquisition. In the near future she plans to publish an academic book for Learners of Lebanese Arabic. She has attended and completed numerous workshops on Teaching and Testing of Foreign Languages. She is an active member of ACTFL (American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages), AATA (American Association of Teachers of Arabic)and other academic associations.

 

Courses

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

ARBC 3197 - High Elementary Arabic      

This course of study is designed for students who have had some exposure to Arabic through an academic institution, through living for a period of time in an Arab country, or through private tutoring in the language. Students at this level typically come from different backgrounds, have studied using different textbooks, and have different levels of proficiency. Students are expected to use Arabic exclusively from the outset and all instruction is conducted in Arabic. Students in this level are exposed to authentic reading and listening materials that are of more depth and length than those used in Level 1. The speaking and writing assignments are more varied and more demanding than Level 1 assignments. Students at this level are required to write and edit their compositions using Arabic word-processing software available at the School, in addition to other technological features such as digitized sound for Al-Kitaab lessons and reading and listening assignments from the Internet. Students are expected to spend between four and five hours a day outside of class working on assignments and preparing for next day's class. (1 unit)

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

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, Part II, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2006. ISBN 9781589010963

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

Summer 2013

More Information »

ARBC 3198 - High Elementary Arabic      

This course of study is designed for students who have had some exposure to Arabic through an academic institution, through living for a period of time in an Arab country, or through private tutoring in the language. Students at this level typically come from different backgrounds, have studied using different textbooks, and have different levels of proficiency. Students are expected to use Arabic exclusively from the outset and all instruction is conducted in Arabic. Students in this level are exposed to authentic reading and listening materials that are of more depth and length than those used in Level 1. The speaking and writing assignments are more varied and more demanding than Level 1 assignments. Students at this level are required to write and edit their compositions using Arabic word-processing software available at the School, in addition to other technological features such as digitized sound for Al-Kitaab lessons and reading and listening assignments from the Internet. Students are expected to spend between four and five hours a day outside of class working on assignments and preparing for next day's class. (1 unit)

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

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, Part II, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2006. ISBN 9781589010963

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

Summer 2013

More Information »

ARBC 3199 - High Elementary Arabic      

This course of study is designed for students who have had some exposure to Arabic through an academic institution, through living for a period of time in an Arab country, or through private tutoring in the language. Students at this level typically come from different backgrounds, have studied using different textbooks, and have different levels of proficiency. Students are expected to use Arabic exclusively from the outset and all instruction is conducted in Arabic. Students in this level are exposed to authentic reading and listening materials that are of more depth and length than those used in Level 1. The speaking and writing assignments are more varied and more demanding than Level 1 assignments. Students at this level are required to write and edit their compositions using Arabic word-processing software available at the School, in addition to other technological features such as digitized sound for Al-Kitaab lessons and reading and listening assignments from the Internet. Students are expected to spend between four and five hours a day outside of class working on assignments and preparing for next day's class. (1 unit)

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

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, Part II, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2006. ISBN 9781589010963

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

Summer 2013

More Information »

ARBC 3200 - High Elementary Arabic      

This course of study is designed for students who have had some exposure to Arabic through an academic institution, through living for a period of time in an Arab country, or through private tutoring in the language. Students at this level typically come from different backgrounds, have studied using different textbooks, and have different levels of proficiency. Students are expected to use Arabic exclusively from the outset and all instruction is conducted in Arabic. Students in this level are exposed to authentic reading and listening materials that are of more depth and length than those used in Level 1. The speaking and writing assignments are more varied and more demanding than Level 1 assignments. Students at this level are required to write and edit their compositions using Arabic word-processing software available at the School, in addition to other technological features such as digitized sound for Al-Kitaab lessons and reading and listening assignments from the Internet. Students are expected to spend between four and five hours a day outside of class working on assignments and preparing for next day's class. (1 unit)

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

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, Part II, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2006. ISBN 9781589010963

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

Summer 2013

More Information »

ARBC 3201 - Intermediate Arabic      

Students placed in Level 2 normally have taken two or three semesters of Arabic in an academic setting and have knowledge of the basic grammatical and lexical features of Arabic. Sometimes a "lower intermediate" class is created to accommodate those students whose proficiency and language skills require that they go at a slower speed than regular intermediate students. Typically, students in the lower intermediate class have finished only two semesters of college Arabic, or more than two semesters but have been away from the language for some time. The objectives of Intermediate Arabic are, in general, to solidify knowledge of the basic rules of Arabic grammar, to expand vocabulary in terms of complexity, and to increase the acquisition of words for active use in a wide variety of topics and settings. Emphasis is placed on the use of authentic reading and listening materials, and on communicative writing and speaking tasks. Students at the intermediate level are required to go to all Arabic lectures and movies. Usually, there are homework assignments designed to enhance each student's benefit from the cultural activities. At the end of the course, students at the intermediate level are expected to write a long composition of at least 1,200 words. Oral presentations of 15 to 20 minutes are regular activities at this level. In addition, work outside of class requires an average of four to five hours a day. (1 unit)

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

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, Part II, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2006. ISBN 9781589010963

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

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

Summer 2014 Language Schools

More Information »

ARBC 3202 - Intermediate Arabic      

Students placed in Level 2 normally have taken two or three semesters of Arabic in an academic setting and have knowledge of the basic grammatical and lexical features of Arabic. Sometimes a "lower intermediate" class is created to accommodate those students whose proficiency and language skills require that they go at a slower speed than regular intermediate students. Typically, students in the lower intermediate class have finished only two semesters of college Arabic, or more than two semesters but have been away from the language for some time. The objectives of Intermediate Arabic are, in general, to solidify knowledge of the basic rules of Arabic grammar, to expand vocabulary in terms of complexity, and to increase the acquisition of words for active use in a wide variety of topics and settings. Emphasis is placed on the use of authentic reading and listening materials, and on communicative writing and speaking tasks. Students at the intermediate level are required to go to all Arabic lectures and movies. Usually, there are homework assignments designed to enhance each student's benefit from the cultural activities. At the end of the course, students at the intermediate level are expected to write a long composition of at least 1,200 words. Oral presentations of 15 to 20 minutes are regular activities at this level. In addition, work outside of class requires an average of four to five hours a day. (1 unit)

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

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, Part II, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2006. ISBN 9781589010963

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

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

Summer 2014 Language Schools

More Information »

ARBC 3203 - Intermediate Arabic      

Students placed in Level 2 normally have taken two or three semesters of Arabic in an academic setting and have knowledge of the basic grammatical and lexical features of Arabic. Sometimes a "lower intermediate" class is created to accommodate those students whose proficiency and language skills require that they go at a slower speed than regular intermediate students. Typically, students in the lower intermediate class have finished only two semesters of college Arabic, or more than two semesters but have been away from the language for some time. The objectives of Intermediate Arabic are, in general, to solidify knowledge of the basic rules of Arabic grammar, to expand vocabulary in terms of complexity, and to increase the acquisition of words for active use in a wide variety of topics and settings. Emphasis is placed on the use of authentic reading and listening materials, and on communicative writing and speaking tasks. Students at the intermediate level are required to go to all Arabic lectures and movies. Usually, there are homework assignments designed to enhance each student's benefit from the cultural activities. At the end of the course, students at the intermediate level are expected to write a long composition of at least 1,200 words. Oral presentations of 15 to 20 minutes are regular activities at this level. In addition, work outside of class requires an average of four to five hours a day. (1 unit)

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

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, Part II, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2006. ISBN 9781589010963

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

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

Summer 2014 Language Schools

More Information »

ARBC 3204 - Intermediate Arabic      

Students placed in Level 2 normally have taken two or three semesters of Arabic in an academic setting and have knowledge of the basic grammatical and lexical features of Arabic. Sometimes a "lower intermediate" class is created to accommodate those students whose proficiency and language skills require that they go at a slower speed than regular intermediate students. Typically, students in the lower intermediate class have finished only two semesters of college Arabic, or more than two semesters but have been away from the language for some time. The objectives of Intermediate Arabic are, in general, to solidify knowledge of the basic rules of Arabic grammar, to expand vocabulary in terms of complexity, and to increase the acquisition of words for active use in a wide variety of topics and settings. Emphasis is placed on the use of authentic reading and listening materials, and on communicative writing and speaking tasks. Students at the intermediate level are required to go to all Arabic lectures and movies. Usually, there are homework assignments designed to enhance each student's benefit from the cultural activities. At the end of the course, students at the intermediate level are expected to write a long composition of at least 1,200 words. Oral presentations of 15 to 20 minutes are regular activities at this level. In addition, work outside of class requires an average of four to five hours a day. (1 unit)

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

Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya, Part II, Second Edition. Brustad et al. Georgetown University Press, 2006. ISBN 9781589010963

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

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

Summer 2014 Language Schools

More Information »