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FLA (Foreign Languages and Literatures - Arabic)
440
032241
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Modern Arabic Short Story
Arabic Short Story
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Foreign Languages & Literature (16FL)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
2
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
FL 495 001Spring 201415
FL 495 001Spring 20137
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
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Jodi Khater
Senior Lecturer

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Lecture1818NoN/A
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Prerequisite: FLA 301 or FLA 330
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16MLESTMMiddle Eastern Studies minorElective
16FLLARABArabic Language and Culture - new FLL concentration to be submitted Fall 2015Required
An advanced language skills course which introduces students to contemporary Arabic literature through selected readings of modern Arabic short stories. Students will develop an understanding of this rich literary genre as a reflection of concurrent social structures, political landscapes, and cultural traditions in Middle Eastern societies. Emphasis will also be placed on recognizing advanced grammatical structures in Modern Standard Arabic with attention given to the increased use of vernacular expression in modern literary works. Assigned readings, writing assignments, and class discussions will be in Arabic.

Modern Arabic Short Story builds on the core curriculum of Arabic at the 400 level. Literary Arabic requires advanced language skills which are often not fully developed until a student reaches the graduate level of Arabic language study. This course, however, is designed to provide undergraduate students, at the advanced level, with an introduction to literary Arabic using a popular, and manageable, genre – the short story.


Modern Arabic Short Story enables the student to engage the Arab world unfiltered, and to help him/her prepare professionally for proficiency testing in Arabic and to access Arabic literature at the graduate level. This course has been taught previously as FL 495 and students have demonstrated their ability to comprehend, critically reflect, and fully engage the short stories they read in their original Arabic form. This course allows the student to fully apply their previous years of study of Arabic grammatical structures and vocabulary in Modern Standard Arabic.


Finally, it is an elective for the Middle East Studies Minor and will be a required course for the proposed Arabic Language Concentration in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. It is an essential “next step” for the student after he/she has activated the intermediate high structures and vocabulary acquired in FLA 301 and FLA 330. The target proficiency in reading by the end of this course is Advanced High on the ACTFL scale.


No

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No
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This course was offered as FL 495 in 2013 and 2014 using existing faculty and departmental resources and is considered a core upper division Arabic language course. The head of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures has confirmed the availability of existing resources to permit the continuation of this course on a permanent basis.

Course Objectives:



  • Strengthen reading proficiency in Arabic at the advanced level;

  • Integrate advanced grammatical structures in MSA in written assignments;

  • Explore Modern Arabic Short Story as a reflection of concurrent social structures, political landscapes, and cultural traditions in Middle Eastern societies;

  • Identify vernacular expression in modern Arabic literature;

  • Strengthen speaking proficiency in Arabic at the advanced level.


Student Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:


Successful students will be able to:



  • Read and comprehend short works of modern Arabic fiction in Fusha (Modern Standard Arabic) with some reliance on a root-based Arabic-English dictionary;

  • Identify both major and minor themes in the selected short stories;

  • Identify and understand cultural and historical context in selected readings, including the increased use of vernacular expression in modern Arabic literature;

  • Recognize advanced grammatical structures in MSA and use these structures correctly in their own written work in Arabic;

  • Demonstrate advanced-level speaking proficiency (using the ACTFL scale) in narration and description of events with connected, paragraph-length discourse. The student will be able to convey intended meaning and opinion without misrepresentation but with some rephrasing and circumlocution.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Multiple exams45% of total gradeAn exam will be given following the completion of each short story introduced in class. The exams are designed to test knowledge of story content, vocabulary, and grammatical structures found in the story and/or introduced in class. These exams will be approximately 1 hour in length. Students are allowed to reference their copy of the short story. No other materials are allowed. No dictionaries allowed.
Written Assignment30% of total gradeA journal will be kept by each student throughout the semester, in Arabic, which will provide the space for the student to react to the readings in an informal, written format and which will prepare the student for class discussions. The entries are not to be used to restate the readings, but as a platform for critical reflection and thoughtful preparation for class discussions. Guidelines for successful journal entries are provided in the course syllabus.
Oral Presentation15% of total gradeThe Final Project is an oral presentation in class. Students will be paired with their peers for this project. Additional information regarding the Final Oral Presentation can be found in the course syllabus.
Participation10% of total gradeParticipation in class will be evaluated according to the criteria provided in the course syllabus.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Reference attached syllabus for details.

despain (Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:55:36 GMT): May need to tweak verbs in learning outcomes; need syllabus as .doc
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