Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Current Graduate Students

Ryan Fan


Ph.D. Candidate in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of Texas at Austin

Ryan Fan

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Interests


Moroccan Sign Language, Egyptian Sign Language, Arabic Dialectology, & TAFL

Biography


Ryan Fan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Arabic Linguistics track at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. He is currently working on his dissertation on spoken and signed language contact in Egypt and Morocco. His other research interests include verbal borrowing in Arabic dialects, the evolution of fingerspelling systems, and the application of linguistic and anthropological principles in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. Ryan has taught as the primary and assistant instructor for several generations of students in UT Austin's Arabic Flagship Program.
 
He is a two-time Fulbright recipient (Morocco 2016-2017 and Egypt 2010-2011) and a CASA Fellow (Cairo 2011-2012), and he holds a BA in Linguistics and Mathematics from Cornell University. 

 

Courses


ARA 130D • Arabic Across Disciplines

40850 • Spring 2018
Meets M 4:00PM-5:00PM CAL 200

Students read and discuss Arabic language materials related to the subject matter of another designated course.     

ARA 130D • Arabic Across Disciplines

40854 • Spring 2018
Meets M 5:00PM-6:00PM CAL 200

Students read and discuss Arabic language materials related to the subject matter of another designated course.     

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40480 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM 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 621K • Intensive Arabic III

40345 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM JES A307A

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

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