Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Current Graduate Students

Garrett Shuffield


MA, Middle Eastern Studies; Master of Global Policy Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (Center for Middle Eastern Studies; LBJ School of Public Affairs)

Assistant Instructor
Garrett Shuffield

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Interests


Arabic language and literature | Levantine culture, counterculture, and intercultural production | Postcolonial theory | Critical pedagogy | Language pedagogy

Biography


Garrett is interested in Palestinian literature and cultural production, as well as in language pedagogy. His current research focuses on comparative conceptions of return to Palestine articulated by members of various Palestinian exilic communities in Europe and the Western hemisphere. Recently, this has included literary works by Lina Meruane and Rabai al-Madhoun. Garrett currently works mainly in Arabic, English, and Spanish, with plans to read Palestinian literature written in Hebrew in the near future. 

Garrett has presented original research at the MESA 2018 and 2017 conferences as well as graduate conferences at the University of Texas. As a former English teacher in South Korea, Colombia, and Palestine, he enjoys the opportunity to continue to work with students as an Assistant Instructor of Arabic. He has studied Arabic in Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon, and he spent the summer of 2018 working as a copy editor at The Daily Star, an English-language daily newspaper based in Beirut. Garrett's non-academic interests include binge-watching Survivor, doing the New York Times crossword with his wife, and playing with his dogs Tuna and Eddie.

Courses


ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41355 • Fall 2021
Meets F 12:00PM-1:00PM GAR 0.128
Hybrid/Blended

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.

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II-Wb

41115 • Spring 2021
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

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-Wb

39815 • Fall 2020
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

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.

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

40125 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM JES A215A

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

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

40130 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.122

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

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