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ARAB 2001

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.   
Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Intermediate Arabic I   
Prerequisite(s)   ARAB 1002 or permission of the department chair   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course is a continuation of Elementary Arabic. The student continues with more sophisticated writing and reading materials and works with increasingly more difficult activities stressing speaking, comprehending, reading and writing.
   
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able on an intermediate level in the language to:

speak
comprehend
read
write

General Education Outcomes   
This course addresses the general education outcome relative to global awareness and internationalization per the Chancellor's policy directive.

Course Content   
See Catalog Description and Course Objectives. As any foreign language course is text specific, the order of the topics may differ from book to book. The fundamentals of pronunciation, conversation, intonation, grammar, reading and writing are taught.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
This course is taught under the auspices of the NASILP (The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SELF-INSTRUCTIONAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS), a national professional association of universities and colleges, which provides on-going monitoring of the program at member institutions in order to preserve the academic integrity of the courses.
There is one final oral and written exam. This exam is administered by a professor of the language from another institution or a professor with qualifying credentials in the language from Georgia Perimeter College. Either examiner is trained in the NASILP method of examining and is listed and certified by NASILP.

A point system is used weekly in the tutorial drill sessions during the quarter so the Coordinator of the Critical Languages Program, who is teacher of record, can monitor each student's progress:

0 A zero (0) is given if the student is absent.

1 A one (1) is given to a student who is present, but who is unable to recite the dialogue or perform what has been assigned. If the student must be prompted for nearly every line, or if he is unable to perform satisfactorily even with prompting, he is given a 1.
+1 A plus one (+1) is given if the student can recite or respond accurately with no more than one or two prompts from the tutor/driller. A student who is reciting/responding with incorrect verb (endings) or similar errors will receive a one, not a +1.

+2 In a truly exceptional case, a plus two (+2) may be given. For a plus two a student must be able to:

respond/recite completely without prompts,
respond/recite fluently without obvious errors in pronunciation,
imitate the expressive voice qualities of the speaker on the tape.
A plus two is awarded very sparingly only to exceptional students and only for the best performances of these students.
This point system is not part of the final grade which is awarded only by the end of term examiner. However, a student with a solid point "grade" should do well on the final exam.
The following points explain much of what the end of term examiner is evaluating: (from "The Testing of Students in Self-Instructional Language Courses" by NASILP)

Formulation time: How long does it take to express yourself? Are you consciously constructing utterances word by word and applying one rule after another, or can you express yourself smoothly and automatically?
Fluency: Once formulated, is the utterance fluent,or too jerky and hesitant?
Pronunciation: Can you approximate the pronunciation of a native-speaker? Could a native-speaker understand you?
Comprehension: How many times do you have to ask for repetitions? How long does it take for you to understand?
Structured Patterns: Do you know how and when to use patterns properly?
Usage: Do you know the appropriate thing to say, depending on the communication situation?
Vocabulary: Can you use and understand the vocabulary studied?

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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