Media Arabic Courses

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Media Arabic Level I: Beginner (MEAR 120)

The course provides students with an introduction to Media Arabic. It is designed for students who have never studied Arabic before and begins with an introduction to Arabic sounds and letters through learning common words and short sentences, basic vocabulary and simple sentence structure. The teaching focuses on the functional use of Arabic and communication in context by means of reading and speaking the language as it appears in television discussion panels. The teaching will raise the curiosity of the students; promote a love of Arabic and a desire to learn the Arabic language. Moreover, students are exposed to samples of audio-visual media as preparation to Media Arabic Level II (MEAR 121).

Media Arabic Level II: Intermediate (MEAR 121)

The course is designed for students who have successfully finished around 60 academic hours of Arabic study. Students learn longer sentence structure, read longer texts and review basic grammar when needed. To promote understanding, each text is followed by a series of questions. In answering the questions, the students improve both their comprehension and their ability to express themselves orally. Step by step, the students are trained in listening to original news from different broadcasts including Al-Jazeera, BBC Arabic and al-Arabiyya.

Media Arabic Level III: Advanced (MEAR 122)

The course is designed for students who have completed 120 academic hours of Arabic study. The students study both written and recorded material taken from the well-known Arab and foreign broadcasts such as Al-Jazeera, BBC Arabic and al-Arabiyya. In the beginning, students hear the news recording and then check the written text. New vocabulary is listed at the bottom of each text. After learning the text in its written form, students go back to the recorded text and practice it. The instructor will teach the students how to express the text orally. The course will provide advanced instruction in grammar and stylistic features of modern Arabic. Each student will prepare a project related to the innovation of modern Arabic. At the conclusion of the course, the students will present their project in Arabic in front of the class.­

Media Arabic Level IV: Proficiency I (MEAR 124)

This course is designed for students who have reached a high level in Media Arabic and want to advance their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. The course will also have emphasis on perfecting the right pronunciation of Media Arabic. The students study both written and recorded material taken from the well-known Arab and foreign broadcasts such as Al-Jazeera, BBC Arabic and al-Arabiyya. In the beginning, students hear the news recording and then check the written text. New vocabulary is listed at the bottom of each text.

Media Arabic Level V: Proficiency II (MEAR 125)

This course is designed for students who have reached a high level in Media Arabic and want to advance their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. The course will also have emphasis on perfecting the right pronunciation of Media Arabic, and a good balance between understanding the systems of Arabic Language grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Arabic Language in speech and writing.

Media Arabic Level VI: Proficiency III (MEAR 126)

This course is designed for students who have reached a high level in Media Arabic and want to advance their listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. The course will also have emphasis on perfecting the right pronunciation of  Arabic. This course is for students who have studied Arabic for at least 2 years. Students at this level are expected to learn and activate vocabulary items that belong to different genres (politics, history, religion, economy, etc.). The students are also expected to generate written pieces that reflect a higher level of complexity and style. Writing or speaking for specific purposes and unique audiences is emphasized. The students’ reading level will reflect this higher level of complexity. Students are expected to produce oral and written presentations where new and old syntactic rules and structures are utilized.

Insurance

All insurance coverage including medical, life, accident, etc. is under the responsibility of the student. Please note that students will be required to present proof of valid medical insurance at registration.

University Regulations

Students are expected to abide by the regulations of Bethlehem University on campus. While living off-campus, in hotels or with families, they are expected to behave like ambassadors of goodwill

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