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Home Our Courses Middle Eastern Language Courses

Middle Eastern Language Courses

 

ELEMENTARY LEVEL

013:140: ELEMENTARY ARABIC I (Fall)

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.

 

013:141: ELEMENTARY ARABIC II (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.

 

 

 013:152-153: ELEMENTARY MODERN HEBREW I (Fall) & II (Spring)

 

This course develops primary language skills through extensive practice in reading and writing. Since emphasis is put on the sentence as a unit of language, students are engaged from the very beginning in creative writing and speech as well as in achieving basic competence in grammar. Communication skills are enhanced by engaging in conversations based on everyday situations. No previous knowledge of Hebrew required.

 

 

 

 

013:176: ELEMENTARY PERSIAN I (Fall)

 

After taking this course, students will be familiar with the structure and vocabulary needed to read intermediate texts in modern Persian. They will become competent users of the language in spoken and written discourse. The course will also introduce participants to and examine them on such fundamentals of linguistics as register, politeness, anaphora, grammaticalization, etc., all of which modern Persian exhibits to a significant degree and without which a proper understanding of the language is impossible.

 

 

 

013:177: ELEMENTARY PERSIAN II (Spring)

 

After taking this course, students will be familiar with the structure and vocabulary needed to read upper level intermediate texts in modern Persian. They will become competent users of the language in spoken and written discourse. The course will also introduce participants to and examine them on such fundamentals of linguistics as ellipsis, pragmatics, anaphora, honorifics, nominalization, etc., all of which modern Persian exhibits to a significant degree and without which a proper understanding of the language is impossible.

 

 

 

 

 

013:190-191: ELEMENTARY TURKISH I (Fall) & II (Spring)

 

In this course, basic communication skills in Turkish Language will be introduced to students. Students will develop elementary to low-intermediate level of reading and writing skills. Grammar required for all skills will also be emphasized. All four skills listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be embedded in the course throughout the semester. The students will be given many opportunities to have Turkish friends and practice their language skills around the campus. By the end of this one semester, students will: develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Turkish Language; construct basic knowledge of Turkish grammar; master at least 750 words in addition to basic grammatical items; read and write simple prose of approximately two three paragraphs in length; be able to carry on a conversation, talk about a movie and feel very comfortable to talk Turkish in daily situations; understand several aspects of Turkish culture.



INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

 

013:240: INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I (Fall) 

013:241: INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II (Spring) AHq 

The course will help students move from Novice 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.

 

013:252: INTERMEDIATE MODERN HEBREW I (Fall) AHq

The objectives of this course are twofold: development of language skills and preparing the students to approach Hebrew literature in an analytical and comprehensive manner.  Students  develop conversational skills by regular participation in class presentations and discussions of current events and cultural issues. Advance grammatical forms are integrated into the reading material, which is selected from various Hebrew, sources such as Biblical, Talmudic, as well as modern Israeli stories.

 

013:253: INTERMEDIATE MODERN HEBREW II (Spring)

The objectives of this course are twofold: (1) development of language skills, and (2) preparing students to read and analyze Hebrew literature. Students develop conversational skills by regular participation in class presentations and discussions of current and cultural events. Advance grammatical forms are integrated into the discussion of reading material, which is selected from various Hebrew sources.

 

013:276: INTERMEDIATE PERSIAN I (Fall)

Development of fluency and accuracy in speech and composition; uses a variety of current sources as exemplary oral and written texts. Prerequisite: 01 013 177 01 or Placement test.

 

013:277: INTERMEDIATE PERSIAN II (Spring) AHq

Continuation of Intermediate Persian I, focusing on short readings of modern texts and essay writing. Further development of listening and speaking skills. Prerequisite: 01 013 276 01 or Placement test.

 

013:290: INTERMEDIATE TURKISH I (Fall) 

013:291: INTERMEDIATE TURKISH II (Spring) AHq

The course is designed for students who have previous knowledge of beginner level Turkish. In this course, conversational skills in Turkish will be introduced to you. You will develop intermediate level of reading and writing skills. Basic grammar required for all skills will also by emphasized. All four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) will be embedded in the course throughout the semester. Class activities will mostly be based on communicative approach to language teaching. By the end of this one semester class, students will: be able to speak intermediate level Turkish carrying on meaningful conversation necessity for every aspect of daily life; construct more knowledge of the Turkish grammar; be familiar with specific aspects of the Turkish people and their culture; have a developed and used language learning strategies that will help not only with improving your Turkish, but with learning other languages too.



ADVANCED LEVEL

013:340: ADVANCED ARABIC I (Fall)

This course focuses on developing advanced oral and written fluency in modern Arabic through the study of 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.

 

013:341: ADVANCED ARABIC II (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.

 

013:352: ADVANCED MODERN HEBREW I (Fall)

This course is designed to develop fluency and increase proficiency in reading and writing skills. The course provides an intensive training in Hebrew Grammar and syntax through the reading and analysis of short essays, and newspaper and magazine articles. Reading and writing assignments as well as creative writing and oral presentations are part of the course work.

 

013:353: ADVANCED MODERN HEBREW II (Spring)

This course is designed to develop fluency and increase proficiency in reading and writing skills. The course provides intensive training in Hebrew grammar and syntax through analysis of short essays and newspaper and magazine articles. Course work includes reading and writing assignments as well as creative writing and oral presentations.

 

013:376-377: ADVANCED PERSIAN I (Fall)

Development of oral and written proficiency through discussion and textual analysis of modern Persian poetry and prose.  

 

013:377: ADVANCED PERSIAN II (Spring)

Continuation of Advanced Persian building on the discussion and textual analysis of modern Persian poetry and prose. Prerequisite: 01 013 376 01 or Placement test.

 

013:390-391: ADVANCED TURKISH I (Fall) & II (Spring)

The class will include review and expansion of complex structures introduced in the second year, viz. relative causes, verbal noun clauses, and nominalization clauses. Detailed explanations and analyses of these structures will be included in the course packet along with exercises, to be studied and completed as homework. Grammatical explanations will be supplemented with brief in-class discussions only when necessary. There will also be a strong emphasis on learning and using a wide range of vocabulary.  Throughout the course, attention will be given to reading  authentic texts. The readings represent a variety of styles, including journalistic, literary, and colloquial language.  There will also be writing assignments that guide the student to emulate the readings in expository style. Listening skills will be developed through regular assignments based on internet broadcasts, as well as recorded material on CD. The readings and listening activities will provide subject matter for free-form conversation in class, in addition to structured conversation activities designed to elicit and reinforce current grammar topics, idioms, and vocabulary. In this way, the class aims to help students acquire and intermediate-high/advanced-low level of proficiency in all four skill areas: speaking, reading, listening, and writing.



OTHER LANGUAGE COURSES

 

013:154: BIBLICAL HEBREW I (Fall)

This course introduces students to Biblical Hebrew, especially the variety known as Standard Biblical Hebrew, used to write the narrative prose texts of the Bible during the period of the 10th-7th centuries B.C.E. These prose texts are to be found most prominently in Genesis, Exodus, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, and Kings.

 

013:155: BIBLICAL HEBREW II (Spring)

A continuation of Biblical Hebrew I, leading to more advanced grammar and lexicon, with further understanding of narrative prose texts and an introduction to poetic texts.

 

013:156: HEBREW REVIEW AND CONTINUATION (Fall)

This course is designed for students with previous exposure to Hebrew (e.g. heritage speakers, Jewish day school students, etc.), who are in need of a thorough review in order to enhance their basic language skills. Upon completion of this course, students will be placed into Intermediate Hebrew (01:563:131). The course emphasizes cognitive academic language proficiency as well as communication skills. Competence in the four areas of language (comprehensive reading, creative writing, grammar, and speech) is acquired through practice of grammar, reading of various Hebrew texts, class discussions, and composition writing.

 

 

013:203: LANGUAGE & SOCIETY IN AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH ASIA (Fall) AHo, AHq

 

Language and Society in AMESA is a complementary course to the AMESALL langugage courses, which aims to offer students some grounding on socio-linguistic and socio-cultural dimensions of AMESA langauges. At the 200 level, it will provide them the opportunity not only to learn AMESA languages but also to better understand the nature of these languages and their speakers in the AMESA societies 

 

 

 013:242: CLASSICAL ARABIC I  

This course aims to introduce students to the language of the Qur'an and the classical texts, as well as the general history of the Arabic language before the modern period.  It is a full-year course. The first semester of the course will be dedicated to learning the grammar of Qur'anic and Classical Arabic (CA), with special reference to the ways in which it differs from Modern Standard Arabic (MSA); during the second semester, students will finish the grammar of the language and begin reading short texts in the original language. By the end of the first year, students will have achieved basic literacy in Classical Arabic and be able to read Qur'an and other classical works of Arabic literature in the original language. Students will also learn to use the standard dictionaries and grammars as references for further study.

 

 

013:243: CLASSICAL ARABIC II  

This course aims to introduce students to the language of the Qur'an and the classical texts, as well as the general history of the Arabic language before the modern period.  It is a full-year  course. The first semester of the course will be dedicated to learning the grammar of Qur'anic and Classical Arabic (CA), with special reference to the ways in which it differs from Modern Standard Arabic (MSA); during the second semester, students will finish the grammar of the language and begin reading short texts in the original language. By the end of the first year, students will have achieved basic literacy in Classical Arabic and be able to read Qur'an and other classical works of Arabic literature in the original language. Students will also learn to use the standard dictionaries and grammars as references for further study.

 

 

013:409: INTRODUCTION TO THE SEMITIC LANGUAGES  

This course aims to introduce students to the Semitic language family and the broader Afroasiatic language phylum. The grammar of the subject languages, which include Akkadian, Ethiopic, Ugaritic, Arabic, Hebrew, and Aramaic, among others, will be examined from both a synchronic and diachronic perspective. Subjects to be discussed include writing systems; the historical and comparative linguistics of the Semitic language family; classification of individual Semitic languages and proposed divisions/subgroupings within the family; historical reconstruction; and the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the various Semitic languages.

 

 

013:403: TRANSLATION PRACTICUM I

This is a practical course in translation into English. Its primary focus is on how to translate. It is an exposition of different kinds of problems in the process of translation with plenty of  practice in developing a rationale for solving them. While theoretical issues are bound to arise throughout the semester, their discussion will be restricted to the practical aim of translation method and translation exercises. The course assumes the student already has a good command of the language (up to the advanced level) and is familiar with the proper use of dictionaries and, where appropriate, databases. Nonetheless, the analytical detail given to a wide range of texts in the course will definitely further the student's competence of the source language.

 

013:404: TRANSLATION PRACTICUM II

This is the second part of the translation practicum, a practical course in translation into English. It continues putting primary focus on how to translate, offering an exposition of different kinds of problems in the process of translation with plenty of practice in developing a rationale for solving them. While theoretical issues are bound to arise throughout the semester, their discussion will be restricted to the practical aim of translation method and translation exercises. The course assumes the student already has a good command of the language (up to the advanced level) and is familiar with the proper use of dictionaries and, where appropriate, databases. Nonetheless, the analytical detail given to a wide range of texts in the course will definitely further the student’s competence of the source language.

 

013:306: DOCUMENTING THE LANGUAGES OF NEW JERSEY

Discovery and documentation of the structure of an AMESA language spoken in New Jersey through consultation with native speakers. During the course of elicitation and discussion sessions, students will produce a lasting, multipurpose documentation of a language spoken in New Jersey. According to the latest statistics, roughly 140 languages are spoken in New Jersey, with more than two million residents speaking a language other than English at home. Languages of interest to students of Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia that are spoken in NJ include Gujarati, Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Urdu, Hebrew, Kru, Ibo, Yoruba, Bengali, Turkish, Yiddish, Telegu, Tamil, Punjabi, and many, many more. The languages represent and integral part of the intellectual patrimony of mankind - a wide-ranging cross-selection of the world's languages, and the cultural systems that they represent. New jersey provides the field linguist with a unique opportunity to document languages, such as Ladino, Neo- Aramaic, Kalmyk, and Karachay, which may be inaccessible or even extinct in their homelands.

 

01:013:301:01: LANGUAGE AND GLOBALIZATION (Spring) TOPICS

This course examines "globalization" and its impact upon the world's languages from a critical perspective. It answers questions like: What is globalization? How has globalization changed the world around us economically, politically, socially, culturally, and above all, linguistically? What are the roles of the world's languages in our today's information- and market-driven world of the 21st century? What have been the positive and negative implications of globalization upon the world's languages?  The course is divided into three parts. PART 1 (first 3 weeks) introduces the students to the concept of "globalization," what it means and what dimensions it has. PART 2 (weeks 4-9) introduces the students to the "linguistic" dimension of globalization and the current debates/issues surrounding the global spread of the global language(s) and implications for other world's languages. PART (weeks 10-14) examines the linguistic implications of globalization in various contexts. The geographic focus of the course is as global as its central topic. Yet, special attention will be paid to selected cases in Asia, the European Union, African, Latin America and the US depending to students' research interests.

 

013:304: INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION STUDIES (Spring)

This course will introduce students to the main themes and issues in contemporary Translation Studies. The course will begin with a brief survey of the role of translation in world history and the various ways in which translation has been theorized in the modern western tradition. Readings and discussion will then turn to current major topics in TS: the role or 'positionality' of the translator/interpreter, the relationship between translation and ideology/power (including the role that translation has played and continues to play in the history of empire, war and global media), the ethics of literary translation and practical interpreting and the impact of technologies like subtitling and machine translation.

 

013:305: AFRICAN, MIDDLE EASTERN & SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES IN PERIL

Introduction to the value of vocal languages and the threat posed by their disappearance, with a focus upon the endangered languages of Africa and Asia. This course will employ a multidisciplinary approach to address the impending disappearance of the world's linguistic and cultural patrimony, which is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind in the 21st century. The discussion of these general issues will be illustrated with nine case studies of endangered languages and the traditions that they represent: three from the Middle East, three from South Asia, and three from Africa.

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