Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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Course portfolio developed as part of the UNL Peer Review of Teaching Project (peerreview.unl.edu)

Copyright (c) 2015 Abla Hasan


Goals of the class are derived from goals nationally recognized and agreed upon for low intermediate Arabic learners .This systematic consistency with the nationally recognized standards -albeit can be more challenging- insures students' ability to pursue national major programs in Arabic or their ability to compete for national grants, scholarships and study abroad programs. The standers adopted by ACTFL and STARTALK equally consider the linguistic as well as the cultural content of teaching Arabic. These standers known as the five C's are: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Community. The cultural content of learning Arabic is part of the international and global student adventure. Therefore, students will be exploring different local cultural notions and concepts, different ways of understanding and evaluating global social practices, and they will have a better chance to be better prepared as global citizens. This acquired global awareness is of continuous increasing value, especially if we take into consideration the increasing international tensions, global conflicts, and struggles based on local ideological agendas. With no doubt, students more involved into academic programs with global context will have way better chances for future professional success, and will be more prepared for more effective political as well as widely recognized academic, political and diplomatic participation.

Meeting the class objectives for ARAB 102 means meeting the following goals:

  • Students will learn about Arabic countries, they should be able to identify these countries on the map and they should be able to say their names in Arabic. Students also should be able to name different nationalities in Arabic and they will practice holding short conversations about different nationalities.
  • Students will learn how to count in Arabic
  • Students will practice short conversations related to market
  • Students will learn the plural in Arabic
  • Students will learn colors in Arabic
  • Students will learn tenses in Arabic and some useful verbs
  • Students will learn how to name the days of the week in Arabic
  • Students will learn how to tell time in Arabic
  • Students will learn how to name different types of food and drinks, how to order in a restaurant and will be introduced to the Arabic cuisine - Students will learn how to make negation in Arabic
  • Students will learn about comparatives and superlatives in Arabic.
  • Students will learn about Arabic culture, Arabic traditional singing and dancing, Arabic social life and Arabic calligraphy. By the end of the semester students should be able to express themselves in short sentences and hold simple conversations. They should be able to read short paragraphs and write simple sentences.