Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Claire Cooley


LecturerPh.D. Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures; University of Texas at Austin M.A. Middle Eastern Studies; University of Texas at Austin B.A. History, Arabic, Middle Eastern Studies; Tufts University,

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ARA 381L • Intensive Arabic IV

40522 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM BEN 1.106
(also listed as ARA 621L)

This course continues the work in ARA 601C, 611C and 621K in pushing students towards proficiency in reading, speaking, writing, listening, and culture. It introduces students to various topics in Arab culture and thought in order to expand language skills, advance vocabulary acquisition, and build toward Intermediate High proficiency in all skills. Coursework thus focuses on helping students master and activate large amounts of vocabulary and utilize the root and pattern system as a comprehension and learning tool. We continue to develop reading and listening strategies that enable students to comprehend main ideas in authentic texts. Communicative skills continue to remain a priority, and include work in colloquial Arabic. Preparation for class and active, cooperative participation in small group activities remain essential components of the course. Students should expect to spend two to three hours daily on homework and class preparation. Requirements also include occasional presentations, exams, and weekly writing activities. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. 

Grading Policy

To be provided by instructor.

Texts

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part II.

ARA 381L • Intensive Arabic IV

40523 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ 1.118
(also listed as ARA 621L)

This course continues the work in ARA 601C, 611C and 621K in pushing students towards proficiency in reading, speaking, writing, listening, and culture. It introduces students to various topics in Arab culture and thought in order to expand language skills, advance vocabulary acquisition, and build toward Intermediate High proficiency in all skills. Coursework thus focuses on helping students master and activate large amounts of vocabulary and utilize the root and pattern system as a comprehension and learning tool. We continue to develop reading and listening strategies that enable students to comprehend main ideas in authentic texts. Communicative skills continue to remain a priority, and include work in colloquial Arabic. Preparation for class and active, cooperative participation in small group activities remain essential components of the course. Students should expect to spend two to three hours daily on homework and class preparation. Requirements also include occasional presentations, exams, and weekly writing activities. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. 

Grading Policy

To be provided by instructor.

Texts

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part II.

ARA 381K • Intensive Arabic III

40159 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM MEZ 1.206
(also listed as ARA 621K)

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.

MES 341 • Media And The Middle East

39918 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CMA 3.116
GC

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ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40845 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.102

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

41025 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM MEZ 2.122

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.

PRS 611C • Intensive Persian II

42100 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM WAG 308

Course Description

PRS 611C or Intensive Persian II is an elementary-level course that is designed to help you continue to expand upon what you have learned during its prerequisite PRS 601c Intensive Persian I course. This course also, following the example set by its prerequisite, puts emphasis on speaking and using the language for communication. Therefore, as it can be expected, using any other language than Persian in the classroom will be very restricted. The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as pronunciation and vocabulary are incorporated into the course. Learning a language requires daily practice. For each hour the student spends in the classroom a minimum of two hours review is required outside the class. Students should have fulfilled the prerequisite PRS 601c Intensive Persian I with a letter grade of at least C to be able to take this course. Not open to native speakers or heritage learners of Persian.

By the end of this course you will:

1. Read and understand simple authentic passages on familiar topics.

2. Initiate social interactions, ask for information, and show awareness of cultural aspects of social interaction in Persian.

3. Be able to talk about yourself, your education, and your family background, travel plans, dining at a restaurant, etc., with native speakers of Persian;

4. Comprehend simple audio/video texts on familiar topics;

5. Be able to compose simple essays about yourself and your family and write them informal notes, and letters/emails

6. Know the difference between written and spoken Persian, recognize both registers, and be able to use basic expressions.

 

Course Materials

Course packet; supplemental materials provided via Blackboard

 

Course Requirements and Grade

Attendance and Participation 15%

Homework and Homework Correction 30%

Quizzes 25%

Presentations/Skits 12%

Culture Portfolio 3%

Final Exam 15%

May vary with instructor each semester.

 

PRS 601C • Intensive Persian I

41950 • Fall 2016
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.206

Course Description PRS 601C or Intensive Persian I is an elementary-level course that is designed to help you start learning Persian and to give you the tools to keep going. This course first introduces the Persian alphabet. The emphasis is on speaking and using the language for communication. The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as pronunciation and vocabulary are incorporated into the course. Learning a language requires daily practice. For each hour the student spends in the classroom a minimum of two hours review is required outside the class. There is no prerequisite for this course. Not open to native speakers or Heritage learners of Persian.

By the end of this course you will:

1.  Have mastered the Persian alphabet and sound system, be able to recognize and pronounce correctly all Persian sounds, and write accurately from dictation;

2.  Be able to initiate social interactions, ask for basic information, and be aware of basic cultural aspects of social interaction in Persian;

3.  Be able to talk about yourself, your education, and your family with native speakers of Persian accustomed to interacting with learners;

4.  Comprehend simple print texts on familiar topics;

5.  Comprehend simple audio/video texts on familiar topics;

6.  Be able to compose simple paragraphs about yourself and your family and friends;

7.  Know about the difference between written and spoken Persian, recognize both registers, and be able to use basic expressions.

Texts

Persian of Iran Today

Grading

Attendance and Participation: 20%

Homework: 20%

Homework Corrections: 5%

Tests: 25%

Culture Portfolio: 5%

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