Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Jason Schroepfer


M.A. Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

Jason Schroepfer

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Interests


Arabic Dialectology, Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)

Biography


Jason Schroepfer began studying Arabic at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in 2003. He then pursued his interests in Arabic Literature at U.C. Berkeley where he obtained a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures in 2009. It was during his time at U.C. Berkeley that he discovered that he was more drawn towards the field of Arabic Linguistics. He subsequently began his graduate studies in Arabic Dialectology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010.    

He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. His dissertation is titled "Aswan Arabic: Negotiating Identity in a Provincial Capital." It is a quantitative and qualitative acoustic study of the role that pronunciation plays in a prominent dialect of Upper (southern) Egyptian Arabic. The analyses hope to engage popular stereotypes of Upper Egyptian dialects with empirical data as well as inform Sociolinguistic theory.

 Additionally, his interests lie in general Arabic Dialectology. One of his other current projects is documenting key phonological, morphological, and syntactic features of Aswan Arabic. He is also interested in developing more tools and better methods to serve the field of Arabic Sociolinguistics.

Courses


ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41120 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM MEZ 1.216

This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part One with DVDs

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40470 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.202

This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

40315 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.206

This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40365 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.206

This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41445 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.206

This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor.

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