Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Reema Barakat


LecturerM.A., 2015, The University of Texas at Austin

Reema Barakat

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ARA 621L • Intensive Arabic IV

40475 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.102

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

Attendance and Participation 20% Homework Assignments 30% Quizzes, Skits/Oral Presentations 35% Final Examination 15%

Texts

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

ARA 360L • Arts/Lit In Arab Societies

40514 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM JES A205A

In this course students will explore the role of different kinds of arts in influencing Arab societies and politics. Students will analyze and understand different art and literature in Arab society by reviewing and discussing documentaries and interviews with famous and /or controversial artists who were able to make a change in the Arab world through their artistic work. Students will study cultural and historical pieces of art and literature with using authentic texts in which Arabs speak about their own land, culture and people. Works by Naguib Mahfouz, Nawal El Saadawi, Mahmoud Darwish, Sinan Antoon and others will be read/watched and analyzed and critiqued. All written and oral texts will be used to expose students to different genre with continuing to build on their language skills with the aim of helping students achieve advanced-mid/advance-high level proficiency in the language while working towards superior proficiency.. There will be a continued focus on building vocabulary and focusing on how word choice effects the impact on the way of thinking in the Arab world. This will improve students' reading and critical thinking skills in Arabic. All of the materials throughout this course are meant to be used as a tool for discussions and debates in Arabic and all material and classes will be conducted entirely in Arabic.

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40865 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 2.102

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 381J • Intensive Arabic II

40928 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM WAG 308
(also listed as ARA 611C)

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. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

 

Texts

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

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


Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ARA 381K • Intensive Arabic III

41125 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ B0.302
(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.

ARA 381K • Intensive Arabic III

41130 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.122
(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.

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