2020-21 Shared Language Courses

Fall 2020

ARAB 290, Levantine Colloquial Arabic: Jordanian and Palestinian

  • Instructor: Professor Sami Alkyam, Allegheny College
  • Dates: August 26 to December 7, 2020
  • Class time: MWF  9:00-9:50
  • Final Exam: Thursday, December 10  from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Credits: 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: Introductory Arabic where students learned the Arabic sounds and letters; students who wish to enroll in this course should be able to read and write in Arabic.   

Description: This is an introductory course to a specific variety of Arabic, i.e. Levantine Arabic. By focusing on the three overreaching groups of dialectical variations Jordanian, Palestinian Urban, and Palestinian/Jordanian Rural dialects, students develop listening/speaking and conversational skills in spoken Arabic at a beginning-level proficiency. Throughout the semester, students develop their speaking skills to talk about the following topics: self, family, relatives, friends, hobbies, daily activities, surroundings (home, school, city, country, etc.). Moreover, students acquire basic conversational skills in certain social occasions such as: exchanging pleasantries; asking for, offering, accepting, and rejecting things.