Thomas "Levi" Thompson

Faculty

 

Levi Thompson holds a PhD in Arabic Literature from UCLA’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. His dissertation, titled "Speaking Laterally: Transnational Poetics and the Rise of Modern Arabic and Persian Poetry in Iraq and Iran," addresses the deep formal and cultural connections of Persian and Arabic poetry.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, he will be a postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University’s Pembroke Seminar, organized on the theme “The Cultures of Pacifism.” Levi’s article, “Strange Bedfellows: The Crisis of Modernity in Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Modern,” came out last year in Middle Eastern Literatures, and he has published translations from Arabic and Persian in Transference, Jadaliyya, and Inventory. In a forthcoming book chapter to appear in the Routledge Handbook of Arabic Translation, titled "Translating Tahrir: From Praxis to Theory with Tahrir Documents," he discusses his experiences co-founding and editing the online archival and translation initiative Tahrir Documents, now hosted at UCLA Library's International Digital Ephemera Project.

 

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 2016 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session

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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 2016 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session

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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 2016 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session

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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 2016 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 8 Week Session

More Information »

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