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CASA 401 - Egyptian Colloquial Arabic


This course further develops students’ skills in Egyptian colloquial Arabic in general while emphasizing the shared features between ECA and MSA. The course concentrates on increasing students’ vocabulary and command of syntax, with a higher level of fluency. The material designed to train students to emulate the speech of educated native speakers in a wide range of social situations.
When Offered
Offered in summer.
(4 cr.)

CASA 411 - Modern Standard Arabic

This course integrates the four language skills to help students develop their ability to produce and comprehend both oral and written discourse at the advanced/advanced high level. The material addresses linguistic needs at this level and provides students with opportunities to further develop their understanding of the various aspects of Egyptian culture.
When Offered
Offered in summer.
(4 cr.)

CASA 501 - Egyptian Colloquial Arabic


This course further develops students’ skill to communicate in Egyptian colloquial. It concentrates on complex vocabulary and syntax and enables students to communicate with native speakers in a wide range of situations with high level of accuracy and fluency. Special emphasis is placed upon educated Egyptian Arabic as well as appropriateness of speech, and cultural competency. 
When Offered
Offered in fall.
(3 cr.)

CASA 502 - Advanced Egyptian Colloquial Arabic


This course further develops students’ ability to communicate with native speakers in a wide range of situations with a higher degree of accuracy, fluency, and cultural appropriateness. The course trains students to comprehend and discuss topics of general and personal interest. The materials used reflect the dynamics of Egyptian society and focus on educated Egyptian Arabic.
When Offered
Offered in Spring.
(3 cr.)

CASA 521 - Listening and Speaking


This course further develops students’ skill in comprehending large chunks of authentic spoken MSA in different forms of discourse (reports, interviews, debates, etc.). It integrates listening and speaking skills by training students to carry out discussion on various topics of general and personal interest. The course includes a number of live lectures given by specialists in different fields of interests.
When Offered
Offered in fall.
(3 cr.)

CASA 522 - Academic Listening and Speaking


This course fosters and further develops the students’ ability to understand the main ideas and most details of connected academic and discourse in a variety of fields. It does so by teaching strategies to sustain both comprehension and delivery of propositionally and linguistically complex extended aural/oral discourse. These include training students to recognize and use cohesive devices signaling the sequence of thought in a given text, enabling them to follow MSA-ECA code-switching and code-mixing patterns, as well as sensitizing them to the socio-cultural nuances embedded in the spoken message.
Prerequisites
CASA 411 and CASA 521
When Offered
Offered in spring.
(3 cr.)

CASA 531 - Reading, Writing And Vocabulary Building


This course fosters and further develops the student’s ability to read long, authentic texts on a wide range of topics with minimal dependency on the dictionary. Students are trained to extend their reading strategies and knowledge of different genres and styles. Special emphasis is placed upon vocabulary building and the idiomatic use Arabic. The writing component is integrated whereby students employ and manipulate syntactic and morphological structures studied in the reading component, in addition to various cohesive devices, to produce complex sentences at the paragraph and text level, according to the mores of connected Arabic written discourse.
When Offered
Offered in fall.
(5 cr.)

CASA 541 - Advanced Writing


This course fosters and develops students’ ability to write, with a high degree of precision and detail, on a variety of academic topics. It also trains them to observe the well-defined rules of Arabic letter-writing. The course teaches the students to write extended research papers, reports and essays, performing various language functions beyond descriptions, comparisons etc., such as argumentation, hypothesizing, refutation etc. Students are trained to appraise samples of authentic written material and model their own written production on them, demonstrating a solid command of grammar (syntax and morphology), vocabulary use, spelling, cohesive devices and general stylistic norms of Arabic discourse.
When Offered
Offered in spring
(3 cr.)

 

CASA 551 - Advanced Translation


This course fosters and develops students’ skills in translating written texts of different genres. Attention is given to points of contrast, idiomatic usage, and semantic fields of corresponding vocabulary in English and Arabic. Most work is done on translating from Arabic into English, with special attention given to developing the skills necessary for the preservation of the finer nuances of meaning when rendering a text from one language to another.
When Offered
Offered in spring. 
(3 cr.)

CASA 552 - Advanced Media


This course further develops the students’ critical reading skills of linguistically and conceptually complex texts in Arabic printed media. It does so by exposing the students to different text types on a variety of topics, many outside their respective immediate spheres of interest or specialization. It encourages learners to make inferences based on comprehension of the facts presented in a text through sensitizing them to the socio-cultural nuances embedded in the written message. The course also focuses on vocabulary building and trains learners to recognize the special stylistics properties of media language.
When Offered
Offered in spring.
(3 cr.)

CASA 553 - Selected Topics in Arabic


Each course addresses a different topic of interest to advanced plus/superior Arabic language students. Topics covered are chosen by the students each semester. Some examples of topics include: Arab literature, politics in the Middle East, and religious studies.
When Offered
Offered in spring.
(3 cr.)

CASA 555 - CASA Students without Borders


This course empowers students to engage in significant learning experiences, develop intercultural competence, work on superior level language proficiency skills, and establish social networks by engaging in the target language community through a project related to their academic and/or professional interests. Each student will design and complete a project related to their academic and/or professional interests that requires their engagment with the target language community. The project will span the fall and spring semesters. Each student will work with a supervising teacher with whom they will write a contract specifying the nature of their project. The project may include volunteer service in a local organization. Projects involving service to the community are highly encouraged.  
When Offered
Offered in fall and spring.
(2 cr.)