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CRN: 60631

Representing Arabic
Linguistic Topics in Arabic: Representing Arabic

This course will examine the way that Arabic has been represented in the various traditions in which it has played a role: as a cultural icon in the Arab and Islamic tradition, to its role as a linguistic “other” in European linguistic traditions. Through a careful reading of a wide variety of texts from both traditions, students in this course will develop an understanding and appreciation of how linguistic representations are contingent, and may reflect non-linguistic cultural expectations as much as objective linguistic reality.


CRN: 60633

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: 60523

Arabic Andalusian Interaction
Andalusian Arabic literature represents an example of communication of language, literature and criticism, manifested by a variety of accomplishments achieved during the eight centuries of the Arab-Islamic era in the Iberian Peninsula. This course will discuss how the Andalusian city played a role in transmitting a culture of communication, as well as the scientific research centers, the translation movement and travel literature, which documented the efforts expended by the Arab Andalusian culture in the success of human communication on different levels.


CRN: 60524

Lit & Cultural Aspects Arabic
Literary and Cultural Aspects of the Arabic Language

This topic will present models of a multiplicity of forms of literary work including the biography, the tale, the short story, the novel, the play, the song and the film; and discuss the intellectual language used in the creative work, and research how the culture of the community is reflected in the creative literary work. It also aims to examine the profound role of literature in representing cultures, and its role in the interaction between people of different cultures.


CRN: 60630

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: 60634

Arabic Language Learn/Teach
Research in Arabic Language Learning/Teaching

This course will address major issues in teaching and learning Arabic as a foreign/second language that require inquiry, discussion, and search for empirical evidence. The course will discuss the key concepts in second language research from various perspectives and address the problems encountered by researchers in the field of Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). Topics to be addressed include research design, methodology, data collection, and analysis. This course is designed to help students of TAFL, applied linguistics, and classroom teachers to develop the critical and analytical skills through reading, understanding, and analyzing research experiments and critique published studies. In an attempt to bridge the gap between theory and practice, students are encouraged to create and design classroom action research projects.


CRN: 60528

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