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Beginning Arabic 2 (ARAB 1100)

Total Credits: 5
Lecture Credits: 5

Description: This course is a continuation of ARAB 1000 and is also appropriate for the students who have completed one semester of Arabic at another liberal arts institution.. You will learn the use of past tense structures and pronoun usage. You will continue to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills necessary to communicate about self, family, and daily life, as well as on abstract concepts such as feelings and emotions: You will also explore cultural aspects of the Arabic-speaking world. This course will prepare you for intermediate-level Arabic courses.

Topical Outline:
1. Listening: Students listen to native speakers, authentic dialogues, contemporary movie excerpts, weather, news media, etc., as a means of introducing and reinforcing grammar, vocabulary, colloquial expressions, and accents
2. Speaking: Students discuss themselves and their own lives, attitudes and values in contrast to their counterparts in the target culture
3. Reading: Students analyze the content of short primary texts such as newspaper articles, television commercials, and poems
4. Writing: Students write short compositions, journal entries, notes, messages, and short descriptions using simple sentences
5. Lexical-Grammatical Topics: Direct object pronouns and the personal a, formal commands, negative and indefinite words, indirect object pronouns, regular and irregular preterit, double object pronouns, regular and irregular imperfect, comparatives and superlatives, preterite vs. imperfect, relative pronouns, reciprocal reflexives
6. Culture: Students acquire cultural information for the purpose of understanding and appreciating the products, practices, and perspectives of other cultures. Topics may include: food and mealtimes, new types of tourism in the Arabic-speaking world, important holidays, sports and medicine

Learning Outcomes:
1. Write short compositions on familiar topics, and read and discuss level appropriate, authentic materials
2. Participate in paired and group activities to practice self-expression on personal, cultural, and current topics within limits of linguistic ability
3. Communicate in the target language demonstrating awareness of protocol, using short and simple sentences
4. Understand the spoken language according to the students’ level of proficiency
5. Gain an increased understanding of history, political science, art, and music of the target culture through the target language by comparing and contrasting cultural behaviors in everyday situations
6. Use the language beyond the school setting for lifelong learning and for participating in the global community

Prerequisites:  ARAB 1000

MnTC: Goal 8