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Regular Spoken & Media Arabic Courses

Spoken Arabic Courses-  Click here to register

Spoken Arabic Level I: Beginner (SPAR 120)

This course is designed for people who have never studied Arabic before. Students learn Colloquial Palestinian Arabic in order to communicate in daily life. The methodology centers on short texts which teach the basic vocabulary and grammar of the dialect. The texts are written also in the Arabic alphabet for students who pre­fer to read the dialect in the Arabic alphabet.

(30 academic hours)

Spoken Arabic Level II: Intermediate (SPAR 121) 

The course is designed for students who have finished 60 academic hours of Spoken Arabic or MSA. In this level students advance in learning longer dialogues from daily life. These dialogues will be presented in front of the class in order to build confidence in speaking in front of people. The focus will be on the verb system of the dialect. Moreover, the order and the basic syntax will be taught. The instructor will always explain the differences between the dialect and literary Arabic for those who had only studied literary Arabic before.

(30 academic hours )

Spoken Arabic Level III: Advanced (SPAR 122)

This course is designed for students who have 120 academic hours of Spoken Arabic or equivalent in literary Arabic. The students learn longer, more complex texts on different topics focusing on stylistic features of the Palestinian dialect. Each text is followed by a series of questions. The grammar of the dialect will be compared with literary Arabic grammar for those who have studied literary Arabic previously. The instructors deliver the material only in Spoken Arabic.

(30 academic hours )

Spoken Arabic Level IV: Proficiency I (SPAR 124)

This course is designed for students who have reached a high level in Spoken Arabic and want to improve their speaking skills. The students learn longer, more complex texts on different topics focusing on stylistic features of the Palestinian dialect. Each text is followed by a series of questions. The grammar of the dialect will be compared with literary Arabic grammar for those who have only studied literary Arabic previously. The instructors deliver the material only in Spoken Arabic.   

(30 academic hours)

Spoken Arabic Level V: Proficiency II (SPAR 125)

This course is designed for students who have reached a high level in Spoken Arabic and want to improve their speaking skills. Students in this course will also sharpen their pronunciation skills of the Palestinian dialect .This course provides additional practice at a level to help students attain a higher level of development (e.g., listening, speaking) and linguistic accuracy in Palestinian Colloquial Arabic. The teaching and learning process in this course is communication-based and the emphasis is placed on context.

(30 academic hours)

Spoken Arabic Level VI: Proficiency III (SPAR 126)

This course is designed for students who have reached a high level in Spoken Arabic and want to improve their speaking skills. Students in this course will also sharpen their pronunciation skills of the Palestinian dialect. This is an upper-level course for students who can already handle basic communicative skills in Colloquial Palestinian Arabic and are ready to work on more advanced conversational skills such as talking about current events, and expressing abstract ideas and opinions. The teaching and learning process in this course is communication-based and the emphasis is placed on context. Students are required to watch TV broadcasts of cultural, historical, and religious programs; analyze more complex topics and present their analysis orally in class; and engage in lengthy discussions with other classmates.

(30 academic hours )  


Media Arabic Courses - Click here to register

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).

(30 academic hours )

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.

(30 academic hours )

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.­

(30 academic hours )

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.

(30 academic hours )

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.

 (30 academic hours )

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.

(30 academic hours )

 


Prof. Dr. Moin Halloun
Director
moinh@bethlehem.edu

 

 

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