Levantine Arabic III Spring 2017 Syllabus

FORLANGC197BG Levantine Arabic III (half course)
Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
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Date span Assignment Self-assessment
Jan 23 to Jan 27

No sessions meet – Prepare Study Guide 21 for your first session next week.

Jan 30 to Feb 3

Complete Study Guide 21.

Feb 6 to Feb 10

Complete Study Guide 22. 

Feb 13 to Feb 17

Complete Study Guide 23.

Feb 20 to Feb 24

Complete Study Guide 24. 

Feb 27 to Mar 3

Complete Study Guide 25. 

Mar 6 to Mar 10

Review all material covered so far this semester. Conversation sessions meet for review. 

Mar 13 to Mar 17

Spring Break Week - no sessions, no self-evaluations

Mar 20 to Mar 24

Complete Study Guide 26. 

Mar 27 to Mar 31

Complete Study Guide 27. 

Apr 3 to Apr 7

Complete Study Guide 28. 

Apr 10 to Apr 14

Complete Study Guide 29. 

Apr 17 to Apr 21

Complete Study Guide 30. 

Apr 24 to Apr 28

Review of Study Guides 21-30
Tutorials and conversation sessions WILL meet this week for review

Apr 27 to May 11

Final Oral Evaluations
Individual oral evaluations will be scheduled in this time period.
Do not make travel plans until you know the date and time of your individual oral evaluation. 
Graduating seniors need to see that home campus senior grade deadlines are met.

FORLANGC197BG Levantine Arabic III (half course)
Course Description and Requirements

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Program Director: Amy Wordelman
Contact Information: fclrc@hfa.umass.edu or 542-5264

Course Goals 

  1. Intermediate conversation skills in Levantine Arabic with an emphasis on common everyday situations;
  2. Upper- intermediate listening comprehension skills in Levantine Arabic dialect;
  3. Awareness of differences in pronunciation and usage among Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Syrian speakers.

Course Requirements

  1. Thorough preparation and active participation based on the assigned texts and multimedia materials listed below;
  2. Four to five hours per week of independent study and review following the preparation instructions on the syllabus;
  3. Twelve weekly 1.5 hour conversation sessions led by a native-speaking conversation partner;
  4. Weekly self assessments due at the end of each week (no later than 9:00 am the following Monday morning);
  5. Final oral evaluation given by a professor who is a specialist in the language being studied.

Prerequisite:  Levantine Arabic II or the equivalent.

Course Materials

Syrian Colloquial Arabic, a functional course, by Mary-Jane Liddicoat, Richard Lennane, and Abdul Rahim. Available for purchase online at www.syrianarabic.com.  Audio mp3 files are also available for download.

LangMedia materials online at http://langmedia.fivecolleges.edu/arabic/:       

Levantine Arabic Audio and Video Materials -

“Levantine Arabic Audio Comparisons” and “Levantine Arabic Situation Videos”

LangMedia: Arabic in Jordan 

(Most Arabic in Jordan videos are in Palestinian dialect)

CultureTalk Arab Levant 

Course Preparation

  • The materials for each week should be prepared prior to the conversation section meeting for that week.
  • Students need to study in locations where they can “talk to themselves” and practice using the language in as many different ways as possible. Students need to imagine situations in which they would need or want to use the language and then practice formulating possible phrases and sentences that would be needed in that context. Practice questions and responses to questions. Make up sentences and make up dialogs. Practice vocabulary by making up sentences and phrases similar to those used in everyday interactions.  
  • Assignments from the CultureTalk Arab Levant videos are given to enhance listening comprehension. Students should listen to these videos multiple times, first trying to discern what is being said without consulting the Arabic transcript or the translation, then studying the transcript and translation before listening again. Students should be prepared to discuss the videos during conversation sessions and should choose some vocabulary to learn from each video that will facilitate discussion of the video. Students are responsible for the material learned from the CultureTalk Arab Levant videos and will be asked about them during their oral evaluation


10%: Attendance, preparation, and participation in all conversation sessions. Regular attendance is required in order to pass the course.

10%: On-time submission of weekly self-assessment reports due at the end of each week. We recommend students submit self-assessments immediately following the week’s conversation session. The self-assessments are due at the latest by 9:00 am on the following Monday.

80%: Final oral evaluation. The final oral evaluation must be passed in order to pass the course

Grading scale:  A (94-100); A- (90-93); B+ (87-89); B (84-86); B- (80-83); C+ (77-79); C (74-76); C- (70-73); D+ (67-69); D (64-66); D- (60-63); F (59 or lower).


The University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages are committed to providing an equal educational opportunity for all students. If you have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability on file with Disability Services (DS) at UMass or on your home campus, you may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations to help you succeed in your mentored language course. If you have a documented disability that requires an accommodation, please notify the program director as soon as possible and no later than the third week of the semester so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Academic Honesty Policy

Students must adhere to all University of Massachusetts Amherst and Five College policies regarding professional conduct and ethics, including policies covering non-discrimination, sexual harassment, and academic honesty. University of Massachusetts Amherst Academy Honesty Policy: Since the integrity of the academic enterprise of any institution of higher education requires honesty in scholarship and research, academic honesty is required of all students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Academic dishonesty is prohibited in all programs of the University. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty. Appropriate sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty.

Importance of Communication

Practice communication skills similar to what you would need in a professional work or internship situation: check e-mail twice per day; read e-mail carefully and respond in a timely manner; contact the office by e-mail or phone about questions or issues; take a proactive approach to solving any problems or issues that come up. Save fcmlp2@hfa.umass.edu in your address book to help ensure that important messages about your course do not end up in your spam folder.

Schedules and Schedule Changes

Each student will be assigned regular weekly tutorial and conversation session times. Any temporary or permanent changes in these times must be worked out with Amy Wordelman who maintains the master schedule of all tutorials and conversation sessions. E-mail questions related to schedules to your course organizer. Do not ask your mentor directly for changes because s/he may not be aware of other scheduling issues affected by the change. The mentors have been instructed to refer anyone who requests schedule change to the program office.

Students who miss tutorials or conversation sessions will not be provided with make-up opportunities. Students who know ahead of time that they will need to miss a future session, should clear the absence with the program director or associate director at least a week ahead. If sufficient notice is given, it may sometimes be possible for a student to attend an alternative conversation session or tutorial, although such arrangements cannot be guaranteed.

In the event that the mentor or conversation partner has to cancel a session due to illness or another emergency, every effort will be made to provide an appropriate make-up session or substitute.

Snow emergencies and snow days: Winter snow emergencies occasionally cause delays and cancellations of Five College bus service, early closings of campuses, or snow days being declared on one or more campuses. Because we do not want any students or mentors to get stranded away from their home campus, we will generally cancel tutorials and conversation sessions if 1) the National Weather Service has issued a warning for severe winter weather for the time period of the sessions; and 2) the students and or mentors affected would have to travel to other than their own campus. We will not cancel if the mentor and the students involved live on the same campus, unless that campus has cancelled classes for the relevant time period. If a snow day has been declared in the morning, tutorials and conversation sessions may still take place late in the late afternoon or evening if the weather has cleared and the buses are running. Cancellations due to weather will be sent by e-mail. If you have weather related questions, e-mail your course organizer or call the office at 542-5264.