2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog



Grace Armstrong, French and Francophone Studies, Bryn Mawr College
Sibelan Forrester, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Swarthmore College

Faculty at Bryn Mawr College

Sooyong Kim, Visiting Assistant Professor
Camelia Suleiman, Lecturer

Faculty at Swarthmore College

Aman Attieh, Assistant Professor
May George, Lecturer
Walid Harmaneh, Assistant Professor

Arabic language instruction is offered through Tri-College cooperation. Courses are available at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges. The teaching of Arabic is a component of the three colleges’ efforts to increase the presence of the Middle East in their curricula. Bryn Mawr offers courses on the Middle East in the departments of Anthropology, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Comparative Literature, General Studies, History, and Political Science.

College Foreign Language Requirement

The College’s foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing ARAB 003 and 004 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in ARAB 004.

ARAB B001, B002 Intensive First Year Modern Standard Arabic

This is a year-long course. This intensive introduction to Arabic aims to develop the four language skills of speaking, writing, listening, and reading. The spoken component covers formal and casual forms of speech. Cultural aspects are also built into the course. This course sequence helps students to rapidly advance in Arabic and prepares them for more advanced work on literary Arabic, as well as to work, travel or study abroad. By the end of the sequence, most students will reach the intermediate-low level, according to the ACTFL proficiency rating. (Kim, Mermer, Hamarneh, Language Level 1; cross-listed as GNST B001) Offered at Bryn Mawr and Haverford in alternate years; in 2009-10 at Haverford. Drills taught on both campuses.

ARAB B003, B004 Second Year Modern Standard Arabic

Combines intensive oral practice with writing and reading in the modern language. The course attempts to increase students’ expressive ability through the introduction of more advanced grammatical patterns and idiomatic expressions. Introduces students to authentic written texts and examples of Arabic expression through several media. (staff, Language Level 2) Offered at Bryn Mawr and Haverford in alternate years; in 2009-10 at Bryn Mawr. Drills taught on both campuses.

ARAB S011, S012 Third-Year Modern Standard Arabic

This is a year-long course. It is designed to (1) conduct a quick review of the basic structures, grammar and the first 1,000 most frequent words of modern standard Arabic (MSA) learned in earlier courses; (2) introduce the next 1,500 high-frequency words in a variety of contexts with strong cultural content; (3) drill students in the more advanced grammatical structures of MSA; and (4) train students in developing reading skills that will assist them in comprehending a variety of MSA authentic reading passages of various genres and performing reading tasks ranging from intermediate high to advanced levels on the ACTFL scale. (Hamarneh) Offered at Swarthmore.

ARAB B403 Independent Study