Guided Arabic Texts Reading
Start date: Sunday, 3rd May 2020
End date: Friday, 17th July 2020
Sundays: 3rd May - 17 May | 1pm - 2.15pm
Fridays: 5th Jun - 17th July | 7pm - 8.15pm
You must have completed a basic level Arabic grammar (nahw) and etymology (sarf) course – ideally you have finished Medina Course Books 1 & 2, or have worked through the first 100 or so pages of Haywood & Nahmad’s, A New Arabic Grammar, or better still have studied the Ajrumiyya or another similar level course and have some understanding of basic verb structures and have an appreciation of the 10 forms of the verb. Mastery in not required, though; just the ability to recall, and apply the previous knowledge.
You probably acquired enough basic knowledge of Arabic grammatical concepts quite early in your learning but were held back from using them to access level appropriate texts because every course you have taken never really tell you what happens next or what you should do: you should have been adequately equipped but were not let out to swim, not even to get your feet wet.
However, in this course, you will dive straight into a text from the first lesson, using the appropriate skills to develop reading speed, unlock the array of structures within both the nominal and verbal sentence; but you will not be left to swim these occasional dangerous waters alone, with proportionate guidance from the instructor and other aids, you will learn to float and eventually swim through any turbulent waters, surprising yourself of how much you can manage on your own. Remember, it is your yearning that will improve your learning!
This course will set you up for life – with Arabic – something you have aspired for. The teacher is passionate and wants you to come with your enthusiasm and energy, which you will transfer into your work. You will leave each class feeling more empowered and ready to do lots of independent reading, in sha’ Allah.
The tutor will provide support, but the ultimate goal is independent reading to comprehend the meanings of the assigned materials. The instructor, when required, will:
· front-load new or technical vocabulary
· highlight unfamiliar language structures or features of a text
· focus on a decoding strategy that will be useful when reading
· promote the different levels of comprehension – literal, inferential, evaluative.
Course Materials: Specially selected texts from al-Qira’ al-Rashida (Part 1) and Arbauna Hadithan li-Ta’lim al-lugha al-Arabiyya wa-Tarbiya al-Nabawiyya will be made available for each class
Course Duration: Ten 1 hr 15 mins sessions
Commitment: Attend weekly live class, complete homework, memorise vocabulary and grammatical concepts, and master the 10 forms table
Assessment: 2 Hour Exam at end of course – translate seen and unseen passages
COURSE PLACES WILL BE CONFIRMED AFTER SHORT ENTRANCE TEST
What will the programme allow you to achieve?
1. Detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the structures, registers and varieties of Arabic.
2. Effective understanding of the linguistic principles required to analyse Arabic.
3. To make the student competent in Classical and Modern Standard Arabic.
4. To familiarise the student with the culture and history of the Arab Middle East.
Exploit for a variety of purposes and, as appropriate, contextualise a broad range of materials written or spoken in Arabic.
You must have completed a basic level Arabic grammar (sarf) and etymology (nahw) course – ideally you have finished Medina Course Books 1 & 2, or have worked through the first 100 or so pages of Haywood & Nahmad’s, A New Arabic Grammar, or better still have studied the Ajrumiyya or another similar level course and have some understanding of basic verb structures and have an appreciation of the 10 forms of the verb.
Mastery in not required, though; just the ability to recall, and apply the previous knowledge.
Laptop/tablet and a good internet connection.