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CRN: 60473

Themes in Lit & Lang Pedagogy
Themes in Arabic Literature and language Pedagogy

This course will provide an overview of a wide range of literary genres from the Arabic literary canon, and will include texts drawn from both the Arabo-Islamic tradition (al-turaath or “cultural heritage” texts), as well as from the modern period. The starting point for discussion will include some recurrent themes found in the Arabic literary tradition (such as “loss,” “memory,” and “desire”), and will include additional discussion on ways of integrating literary works into language pedagogy at various levels. Through a careful reading of a wide variety of texts, students in this course will develop both an appreciation of some canonical works in the Arabic tradition, as well as an understanding of how they might be used to impart cultural and aesthetic awareness in the L2 classroom.


CRN: 60474

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.


CRN: 60479

Classical Arabic Prose
This course is an in-depth study of classical Arabic prose. It will focus on central questions involved in the interpretation of classical Arabic prose, in addition to key authors such as Ibn al-Muqaffa, Al-Jahiz and Al Tawhidi and the significance of their works.
At the end of the course, students will be familiar with the history, development, and critical assessment of classical Arabic prose. Students will read and analyze literary texts of various genres -- including Maqama, Khutbah, Amthal, and Risala -- and hone their ability to comment on both the literary and the historical, cultural, and political dimensions represented in these texts.


CRN: 60482

Contemporary Arab Society
Contemporary Arab Society

This course aims at introducing an analysis of the contemporary Arab society to deepen the students’ understanding of the Arab World. Topics include the Arab identity, role and status of women, socio-economic aspects, role of religion, Islamist movements, changes that took place after the Arab spring. The course will feature group discussions, debates, presentations, and reflection papers. Students will also read articles and book chapters as well as watch and discuss documentaries and media coverage of the recent events in Middle East and North Africa


CRN: 60336

Cinema East & West
Cultural Topics in Arabic: Cinema East & West

This course will examine the role that cinema has played in the cultural politics of both the Arab World as well as the West (Europe and America). Through a careful and critical viewing of a wide variety of cinematic texts/films from a wide variety of traditions (Hollywood, popular Egyptian, Arab “art films”, European), students enrolled in this course will explore such notions as genre, gender, the role of the audience, identification potential, popular vs. art films, dominance of Hollywood, globalization effects, among other issues. The course will review the role that such cinematic works have played in cross-cultural representation, understanding and misunderstanding, as well as reflecting issues of modernity and the modern.


CRN: 60371

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.


CRN: 60308

Language Practicum
This is a one unit course which is designed to give graduate students an opportunity to reflect on Arabic pedagogical theories and become familiar with a range of teaching strategies and techniques. The course includes class observation, lesson planning, a micro-teaching component and actual teaching demonstrations of the language skills. Students are required to conduct interviews with professional instructors during which they discuss the best practices as well as problems encountered in teaching the beginning, intermediate and advanced college level Arabic classes. To address the linguistic phenomenon of diglossia, students will practice teaching Arab dialect(s) alongside the formal varieties of the language. The course is offer in the last summer session towards the completion of the Master’s degree.

The Arabic School

Eman Hayyat, Coordinator

P: 802.443.5230
F: 802.443.2075

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