2012-2013 Catalog by American University Washington

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474 course descriptions arab-390 independent reading in arabic 1-6 prerequisite permission of instructor and department chair arab-406 fourth level arabic a 4 offered through au abroad programs in cairo and rabat this course is designed to move learners from a stage where they have achieved the basic grammatical skills to being able to use language in a wider cultural context the course addresses the main issues related to the arab world and culture using a skill-based approach in which students gain mastery of the language through the use of authentic materials taken from various sources teaching techniques are student-centered with the goal of teaching to make students independent users of arabic encounters with arab professionals and visits to relevant institutions are integrated in the course prerequisite arab-303 or arab-307 or equivalent arab-416 fourth level arabic b 4 offered through au abroad programs in cairo and rabat this course provides additional practice at the advanced level to help students attain a higher level of skill development e.g listening speaking reading and writing and linguistic accuracy students expand the essential vocabulary to help them with topics of professional interest obtain information to understand the ideas presented in a text to discover the author s point of view and to seek evidence for their point of view enrich their grammatical knowledge and apply it as one of the analytical tools in comprehending reading text produce lengthy descriptive and argumentative discourse in speaking summarize texts and express their points of view in writing and speaking and interact with native speakers and engage in discussions of contemporary issues prerequisite arab-303 or arab-307 or equivalent arab-417 fourth level arabic c 4 offered through au abroad programs in cairo and rabat in this course students use authentic material from literature academic research and both print and electronic media to develop their abilities to extract essential information and identity linguistic nuances students produce reaction papers where they express their own assessment of the content the form of the text and the position and the arguments of the author students are also expected to be able to identify figures of style and produce texts demonstrating near native competence prerequisite arab-303 or arab-307 or equivalent arab-425 introduction to arabic-islamic civilization 3 this course explores important historical cultural political and intellectual developments within twelve centuries of arabic-islamic civilization it discusses the interplay between continuity and change and focuses on key concepts beliefs and institutions which although shaped in the past are crucial for proper understanding of the contemporary arab world usually offered every fall prerequisite arab-303 arab-426 arabic topics 3 topics vary by section may be repeated for credit with different topic topics taught in arabic explore various aspects of arabic culture and the arab world usually offered every term prerequisite arab-303 arab-480 senior capstone concept of the city 3 this senior capstone course celebrates students functional arabic language abilities and cultural competence through the comparison and contrast of the historical political literary and cultural trends of several major urban centers in africa europe and latin america from a variety of perspectives and genres taught in english students write their final research papers in arabic prerequisite senior standing and arabic studies major arab-490 independent research in arabic 1-6 prerequisite permission of instructor and department chair chinese chin-106 first level chinese i 6 offered as part of the au abroad program in beijing this course is designed for beginners to learn practical beginning chinese the course introduces basic chinese characters useful vocabulary fundamental grammar functional sentence patterns practical dialogues simple texts and some relevant cultural information usually offered every term chin-107 first level chinese ii 6 offered as part of the au abroad program in beijing this course elevates competence in understanding spoken and written chinese the course reviews and increases grammatical background focusing on accurate expression in daily communication and discussion in both oral and written forms usually offered every term prerequisite chin-106 or chin-112 or equivalent chin-112 chinese elementary i 5 prepares students to function in everyday situations in the chinese-speaking world focuses on the acquisition of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures in culturally authentic contexts through speaking reading writing and listening comprehension usually offered every fall chin-113 chinese elementary ii 5 continuation of chin-112 usually offered every spring prerequisite chin-106 or chin-112 or equivalent chin-116 introductory chinese immersion 12 offered as part of the au abroad program in beijing this course establishes understanding of spoken and written chinese in an intensive immersion environment for beginner students the course introduces basic chinese characters useful vocabulary fundamental grammar functional sentence patterns simple texts and relevant culture tips with special focus on listening and speaking skills usually offered every term chin-118 introductory chinese summer immersion 3-6 offered as part of the au abroad program in beijing this course facilitates beginners acquisition of chinese language in an intensive immersion environment classroom instruction focuses on introducing basic chinese characters useful vocabulary fundamental grammar conversational patterns simple texts and relevant cultural information usually offered every summer chin-206 second level chinese i 6 offered as part of the au abroad program in beijing this course elevates competence in understanding spoken and written chinese the course reviews and increases grammatical background focusing on accurate expression in daily communication and fundamental discussion skills usually offered every term prerequisite chin-107 or chin-113 or chin-116 or equivalent chin-207 second level chinese ii 6 offered as part of the au abroad program in beijing this course improves skills in understanding spoken and written chinese expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures and further development of communication skills usually offered every term prerequisite chin-206 or chin-212 or equivalent chin-212 chinese intermediate i 5 refinement of basic language skills in a cultural context expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures and further development of communicative skills usually offered every fall prerequisite chin-107 or chin-113 or chin-116 or chin-118 or equivalent.