The 2017 Course Schedule will be available in the spring of 2017.

Current Schedule

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CRN: 60593

Lang Attitudes & Perspectives
This course will examine “language attitudes,” or the way that people view a particular language or languages, whether their own or another, whether as a first or second language, etc. It will touch on research in the areas of sociolinguistics, second language learning and acquisition, and language cultural studies, with the goal of clarifying the terms and procedures which may be useful in determining the language attitudes of individuals, groups, and societies, and will consider the implications of such research for foreign language teachers.


CRN: 60476

Dialect Acquisition &Variation
Dialect Acquisition and Arabic Dialect Variation

This course will introduce the students to the theoretical and practical basics of studying the Arabic dialects and its social and geographical variation. Through the reading of a variety of articles and studies that examine the status of Arabic regional dialects, students will not only develop an understanding of main issues in conducting fieldwork research in the area study of dialectology, but they will also gain knowledge and understand the different linguistic structures of various Arabic dialects and the use of colloquial language in Arab mass media. The course mainly focuses on the pedagogical aspect of the learning and teaching of colloquial language and its integration in the Arabic language curriculum. Examples from daily life situations and transcribed data from interviews and talk shows either conducted by the students or recorded through the media will be discussed and analyzed. Students are also required to design sample lesson plans which highlights the learning of dialects in the Arabic language classroom.


CRN: 60474

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: 60594

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: 60592

Issues Teach/Learn ARBC 2nd/FL
Seminar on Issues on Teaching and Learning Arabic as a Second/and Foreign Language

The course aims to familiarize (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign language: TAFL) students with the theoretical, research and instructional issues that occupy practitioners and explore approaches that support learning of Arabic as a second/foreign language. The course will gain in-depth knowledge through focusing on one particular topic within one of the three areas of theory, research and instruction. A project will be developed in consultation with the professor, presented to the class, and prepare it as a final paper. Possible areas include theoretical as well as practical issues that arise from discussing the following themes such as the history of the teaching of Arabic language, the contexts in which the teaching occurs, Arabic learners’ motivations, the testing and assessment in Arabic, the development of teaching materials and second language acquisition. The course will also address the role of feedback and interaction with the classroom, and advanced learning in Arabic.


CRN: 60395

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

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