Course Descriptions

African Language Courses


ELEMENTARY LEVEL

 

01:013:140 Elementary Arabic I (4) (fall & spring)

An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic and its script: Using a communicatively oriented, proficiency based approach students will develop basic communicative skills in the language through a combination of interactive classroom activities, take-home assignments and group work. Emphasis will be on the development of all language skills, including writing, reading comprehension and audio oral skills. In addition to the acquisition of a core vocabulary, the student will be prepared to manipulate basic grammatical structures of Arabic for purposes of basic communication in a variety of situations. Students will also be introduced to aspects of Arab culture to build cultural awareness and communicative competence.

 

01:013:141 Elementary Arabic II (4) (fall & spring)

This course is the second part of an introduction to Modern Standard Arabic: students will continue in this course to develop basic communicative skills in the language, by using a communicative and proficiency-based approach and by means of a combination of interactive classroom activities, take-home assignments and group work used in the past course. Emphasis will continue to be put equally on all language skills, including:  writing, reading, comprehension, and oral skills. The core vocabulary acquired in Elementary 1 will be expanded to cover a larger variety of everyday topics and situations. The course will also elaborate more on previously acquired basic language structures and students will be introduced to more aspects of the Arabic culture in order to continue building a better cultural awareness and a more solid communicative competence.

 

01:013:186 Elementary Swahili I (4) (fall)

An introduction to Kiswahili, one of Africa's major lingua franca spoken by millions across several nations in Eastern Africa. Using a communicatively-oriented, proficiency-based approach, students will develop basic communicative skills in the language through a combination of classroom activities, take-home and other language assignments. While the initial emphasis will be on the development of audio-oral skills, students will also be introduced to the essentials of reading comprehension and written expression. In addition to the acquisition of a core vocabulary, the student will be prepared to manipulate basic grammatical structures of Kiswahili for purposes of basic communication in a variety of situations. Students will also be introduced to aspects of Swahili and African culture to build cultural awareness and communicative competence.

 

01:013:187 Elementary Swahili II (4) (spring) 

This is the second part of the introductory course to Kiswahili. Using a communicatively-oriented, proficiency-based approach, students will continue to develop basic communicative skills through a combination of classroom activities, take-home and other assignments. Emphasis will continue to be placed on the development of audio-oral skills, but students will also be required to undertake reading and comprehension exercises both within the classroom and as part of their take-home assignments. In addition to the acquisition of an expanded vocabulary, the student will be introduced to new grammatical structures of Kiswahili to enhance communication in a wider range of situations. Students will also be introduced to aspects of Swahili and African culture to build cultural awareness and communicative competence and will be required to carry our specific research projects on cultural topics.

 

01:013:192 Elementary Twi I (4) (fall)

This is an introductory course for non-Akan speakers. The course focuses on the basic structure and culture of the Akan language and the people respectively. The course employs the communicative approach to language teaching. Culture will be taught in context.

 

01:013:193 Elementary Twi II (4) (spring)

This course continues Elementary Twi I.

 


INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

 

01:013:240 Intermediate Arabic I (4) (fall)

The course will help students move from Elementary High to Intermediate Middle level.  Students will acquire more vocabulary and more knowledge of the fundamental grammatical and morphological structures in order for them to attain a higher level of comprehension and communication.

 

01:013:241 Intermediate Arabic II (4) (spring) AHq

The course continues Intermediate Arabic I.

 

01:013:286 Intermediate Swahili I (4) (fall)

This course reviews and expands students' knowledge of fundamental structures from Elementary Swahili and appropriate cultural contexts of these structures in oral and written communication. More grammar and vocabulary in a culturally and socially appropriate context is developed. Speaking ability is expanded through oral exercises, individual reports, class discussions, and recordings. Writing and reading are expanded through compositions, written exercises, and independent reading projects with texts supplied by instructor.

 

01:013:287 Intermediate Swahili II (4) (spring) AHq

This course continues Intermediate Swahili I.

 

01:013:292 Intermediate Twi I (4) (fall)

Instruction at this intermediate level of Twi is done mainly in the target language. We will devote the first five weeks of class to reviewing students’ performance through various class that encourage them to expand their vocabulary inventory through reading, writing (of essays and different forms of dictation exercises) and oral proficiency.

 

01:013:293 Intermediate Twi II (4) (spring) AHq

This course continues Intermediate Twi I.

 

ADVANCED LEVEL

 

01:013:340 Advanced Arabic I (3) (hybrid online) (fall)

This course focuses on developing advanced oral and written fluency in modern Arabic through the study of the cultures and histories of Arab-speaking nations. The course is taught in both Arabic and English, where emphasis is placed on broadening Arabic vocabulary and grammar; listening and speaking skills; and discerning the cultural context of complex readings and speech among the Arabic nations/regions. We will work closely with our primary textbook during the semester. In the second half of the semester we will also work with some outside texts, primarily short stories and essays.

 

01:013:341 Advanced Arabic II (3) (spring)

This course is the second part of advanced Modern Standard Arabic. Through the combination of proficiency based interactive classroom activities, homework readings and assignments and group work used in Advanced Arabic I, you will continue in this course to consolidate your advanced level of fluency with continued equal emphasis on all language skills including reading, comprehension, writing and speaking. in order to bring you to a near-native competency in listening and reading comprehension, you will continue to be exposed to the authentic texts with  moderate complexity from the media and modern Arabic literature to complement the textbook material. Bi-weekly oral presentations, group discussion and writings dealing with the various topics that will be presented in class, will continue to help you not only in practicing old and newly acquired grammar and vocabulary items and consolidating your oral and writing skills, they will also continue to be an ultimate means to guide you to a deeper understanding and assimilation of more complex cultural features of the Arabic speaking region.