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Heritage Language Programs: ARAB 1038

A Collection of OERs

About Arabic 1038

ARAB 1038 Basic Writing and Reading Skills for Heritage Speakers

3 hours, 1 hour multimedia laboratory; 3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of the chairperson. 

Fundamentals of writing and reading for students whose knowledge of Arabic is limited to spoken communication. Emphasis on spelling, word order, and verb tenses, based on authentic literary and nonliterary texts. Practice in written self-expression. Qualifies as a LOTE (Language Other Than English) course for Pathways College Option purposes. 

Syllabus

Schedule

Week 1: Introductions: Arabic Linguistics 

Week 2: Assignment #1 Due: Linguistic Autobiography (essay) and Oral Presentation

Week 3: Arabic in a Global Context 

Week 4: History of the Language; how language came to be

Week 5: Politics of the Arabic Language; prestige, attitudes, standard, race 

Week 6: Linguistic Variation and Contact

Week 7: The Brooklyn College Listening Project: The Oral History Interview

Week 8: Culture and Lifestyle 

Week 9: Language and Education

Week 10: Arabic in the United States 

Week 11: Arabic in New York; Arabic in Brooklyn

Week 12: Oral History Interview Due: The Podcast

Week 13: Revision

Week 14: The Cookbook 

Readings

Moustafa Bayoumi “How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America”