Modern Standard Arabic 2.
This course goes in parallel with MSA 3& 4 and Teksten Arabisch 1: verhalen, all courses must be taken simultaneously.
This course familiarizes students with the vocabulary, structure, and usage of the variety of Arabic used in the written and spoken mass media. It also helps improving reading, listening, and presentation skills at the lower intermediate level.
By the end of the course, students will be able to read short texts from current-affair pages in Arabic written media and listen to current affair news-related broadcast media, identify the main ideas and key details. They will show familiarity with vocabulary and grammar structures related to demonstrations, elections, violence and terrorism, etc. and they will be able to give a short presentation summarizing media reports on a given event or series of related events.
Mode of instruction
Seminar with mandatory attendance.
Classroom lectures: 52 hrs.
Preparation and homework: 80 hrs.
Test preparation: 8 hrs.
Total course load: 140 hrs (5 ECs).
Assessment will be based on the following criteria:
Final Exam: 40%
There is only a resit for the final exam (40%).
Alaa Elgibali, Nevenka Korica, Media Arabic, A coursebook for reading Arabic News, (The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo-N.Y., 2007).
Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Arabic-English). Edited by J. Milton Cowan. Fourth Edition, considerably enlarged and amended by the author. (Ithaca, N.Y., 1994).
Additional materials (reading and listening) will be made available via BlackBoard.
This course will be given in English and Arabic.