Description and Objectives
This course introduces students to the basic morphology and syntax of Arabic language. Emphasis is placed on the development of the reading skill at the earliest stage. Students will learn how sentences are made and how words are formed based on patterns, root letters and conjugations. They will learn how to apply the rules of grammar and morphology to decipher classical Arabic texts that do not contain vowels, starting with beginner texts and gradually moving up to more advanced texts. They will also learn how to use a root-based dictionary and learn how to translate from Arabic to English with accuxracy and precision. It is our goal to enable students to read and understand unvocalized Arabic texts with the help of a dictionary.
Students are expected to possess the following books and dictionaries which will be used throughout the course:
1. The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Arabic-English), Ed. J. M. Cowan, Spoken Language Services, Inc., Urbana, IL, 1994. This dictionary is optional. The publisher has closed and copies are occasionally available online:
2. Concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary (English/Arabic), Ed. N. S. Doniach, Oxford University Press, Inc., New York, 1982.
Assessment and Grading
There will be regular exercises after every lesson and one take-home/online final examination via google form. Grading will be based on the results of both.
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