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Curriculum Introduction

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Freshmen

Arabic I

required

v With the contents of textbooks, the lecturer will instruct the knowledge of pronunciation, writing, reading, constructions of words, and basic sentence structures of Arabic. The course introduces the grammar of Arabic from the easy to the difficult. Through the practice of constructing basic sentence patterns, the student will acquire solid reading, writing, speaking, and translating skills in Arabic on a basic level.

v The lecturer will be elaborating on the contexts in class.

v While introducing a new unit, guided oral reading will be provided by the lecturer, in order to improve the student's familiarity of proper Arabic pronunciation.

v The lecture is interactive and questions by students are encouraged. The lecturer will correct the student's pronunciation and answer his or hers questions individually.

v After reaching a certain level of vocabulary and sentence patterns, the lecturer will have conversations with the student 1-on-1 in order that the student can get familiar with the Arabic idiomatic expressions, and have the courage to speak in Arabic language.

v The student will have quits following the lesson progress.

v The student will be asked to preview the assigned contexts following the lesson progress.

Applied Arabic I

required

v Tied in the Arabic courses of the first year, giving practical guidance and correction, training students’ reading ability.

v Letting students understand the pronunciation and fell the tones of Arabic language. Inspiring students to express in Arabic language and arouse their talent for language learning.

v Giving students basic ability of Arabic conversation.

v Following the process of the textbook, introduce the phonetics first. Following the process, practicing basic conversation of different occasions.

v Learning from the practical conversations and listening practices to enhance the basic knowledge of the Arabic grammar, for example, the gender, number, casus and construction of noun phrase and verb phrase.

v Repeatedly practice with recorded teaching materials. Simulative practice between students and the teacher.

Introduction to Arab World

required

The course aims to introduce the general history of Middle East. The lecturer will provide the basic knowledge of it, clarify the erroneous cognitions, and help students build their worldviews and connect it with global history as well. The Middle East history is very important in the global history regarding in the classic era or modern time, since the history of the Arab world, Middle East and Northern Africa has tight connection with development of the global history. Arabs established Islam, which is a fusional culture between the West and the East. Thus, understanding the history of Middle East and Northern Africa might help to learn the civilization of the world. The course pays much attention to the special humanistic culture of Middle East and Northern Africa where are influenced by geographical and environmental factors of the area. We expect students will acquire more knowledge of the Middle Eastern culture and will understand the influence of human activities, governmental effects, modern issues and conflicts of the religion and politics upon the area after taking the course.

Sophomores

Arabic II

required

v The purpose is to cultivate students’ basic ability of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The lecturer will bring up students’ listening, speaking and reading skills by using the CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) method.

v Students close the book and listen to the audio before starting every unit, then try to understand vocabularies, patterns and phrases by sentences before opening the book and reading twice with the lecturer.

v The second part is about closing the book to practice communication ability, from having a conversation with the lecturer individually, answering questions to group talk and interpersonal communications.

v The third part is that the lecturer will explain and add grammars for students to practice.

Applied Arabic II

required

v Cultivate students to be familiar to the basic daily practical Arabic.

v Cultivate the ability of listening and speaking and be familiar to use the grammar.

v Reciting dialogues in texts.

v Explaining texts, questioning and answering.

v Role playing.

v Writing and practicing dialogues on your own.

Arabic Syntax I

required

Making students able to express in more complex sentence patterns, including passive sentences, passive sentences and conditional sentences. Besides, students will be able to handle verbal and nominal forms and emphases adverbials accurately.

v Explaining sentence patterns.

v Practicing examples of sentences.

v Writing practicing.

v Correcting mistakes.

Introduction to Arab History and Literature

require

v  Understanding the development history of Arabs since 7 A.D.

v  Understanding the evolution of Islam religious factions, especially the conflict between Shi’ism and Sunnism, for students to grasp the history origin of the modern conflicts in the Middle East.

v  Understanding the culture development of modern Arab world and the influence by the Western world.

v  Understanding the origin of Semitic languages and the evolution of Arab language and characters.

v  Understanding the relationship and the daily uses between classic Arabic and dialects.

v  Understanding how loanwords and dialects affected the vocabularies and grammars of Modern Standard Arabic.

Juniors and Seniors    Optionally study 5 courses among the partially-required

Arabic III

partially required

v  Improving the ability of reading, comprehension and writing.

v  Establishing the ability of listening, speaking and reading by CLT.

v  Students are required to preview the lessons by reading and listening to the texts.

v  Students are required to recite and explain the texts. The teacher will ask questions in Arabic and students will have to answer them for practice.

v  The lecturer will explain some additional grammar for practice.

v  Homework drills for students to practice with each other.

v  Reviewing exercises.

Arabic Syntax II

partially required

v Making students proficient in grammatical concepts and able to avoid mistakes.

v Explaining sentence patterns with examples.

v Analyzing the structure of sentences.

v Assigning homework.

History of Arabic Literature

partially required

The course contents are about the origin, the development, and the contents of the Arabic literature. The lecturer will analyze the relationship among politics, religions, societies and the literature of different historical periods. Afterwards, students will be introduced to Arabic poetry, prose, story, academic writing at different times, and famous poets, authors and their representative works as well.

Contemporary Arabic

partially required

v The course is tied with Arabic courses of the third year.

v Making proficient at nominals and sentences variations by oral and writing practicing.

v Strengthening students’ ability of reading, listening and talking.

v Making proficient at the usage of Arabic and its accurate pronunciation.

v Able to apply students’ own experience of learning Arabic on the ability of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Explaining normative and empirical usages according to the handouts.

Topics on Translation

partially required

v Understanding the fundamental concepts of translation.

v Listening to different aspects and messages.

v Learning the divergence between mother language and foreign languages.

v Learning precise and easily understandable ways of oral express.

v Practicing translation and interpretation of literature works, radio, television, and printing media.

Topics on Literature

partially required

The course aims to cultivate students’ interests of reading, enhance their capability of writing, and make them understand Arab culture and society. The course contents include modern literature works, short poems, and proverbs with the adoption of interesting texts that have the position of representing the era. The lecturer explains vocabulary and structure of sentences, and corrects the students’ pronunciation.

Topics on Arab Culture

partially required

The target of this course is to introduce main intellectuals’ thoughts since 1798. The course contains social and humanistic thoughts which exclude from politics and economics. The year of 1798, named by historians as “Nahda”—meaning enlightenment or renaissance— is the year of Napoleon’s invasion to Egypt. The intervention of western world bring huge shock to Arab world. Arab society, which roughly used Islamic doctrines as regulations then came out with some alternative humanism that is highly related to religion under the threats and challenges from foreign thoughts.

Topics on Middle East Politics

partially required

The main course contents are about the establishments of the governments in Middle East. The lecturer will analyze the great powers’ acts since 19th century, nurturing local powers for their political benefits, and how their acts influenced the establishments of countries in Middle East. The fundamental factors that formed countries in Middle East and North Africa, the similarities and differences among them, and their developments in this century will be discussed in the course.

Introduction to Middle East Economics

partially required

The main target of this course is to introduce the relationship between economy and politics in the modern Middle East. The lecturer teaches students the complex background of Middle Eastern issues, including political affairs, economic structures, regional organizations, international relations and some main issues that affect Middle Eastern circumstances, guides them to comprehend Middle Eastern political and economic development thoroughly, and then improves their worldviews. The teaching approaches are lecture, discussion, reading materials and watching videos.

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