Course Summary
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formerly ARAB-4126GRDG; ARAB4126DG
4 weeks (160 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Iraqi Translation


The course objective is to train Arabic language students who are a minimum ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) Level 2/2+ (ACTFL Advanced Mid/High) in Iraqi dialect to understand higher-level Iraqi voice and written material and to translate it into idiomatic English. The focus will be on improving the student's proficiency in Iraqi dialect to an ILR Level 3 (ACTFL Superior). The course will cover all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Writing skills will be enhanced daily through daily transcription exercises and through written homework focusing on the topics of the day. For listening, web-based Iraqi dialect material from live Iraqi television programs, films, soap operas and other media. Speaking in the Iraqi dialect will be expected at all times during the class. The course will emphasize the three Iraqi sub-dialects: Central (Baghdadi), Moslawi and Southern Iraqi (Gulf) as they are closely related and mutually intelligible.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At an ILR Level 3 (ACTFL Superior) level, students will be able to compare/contrast complex Iraqi Arabic grammar with that of Modern Standard Arabic
  • Estimate the meaning of unfamiliar words using context, word formation and background knowledge from authentic written Iraqi Arabic passages
  • Distinguish the essential elements of information (EEI) and magnifying details when given authentic aural Iraqi Arabic passages
  • Summarize texts after listening 1-2 times to authentic aural Iraqi Arabic passages
  • Compose verbatim transcripts of selected portions of authentic aural Iraqi Arabic passages
  • Render translations of authentic written Iraqi Arabic passages into good, idiomatic English
  • Produce a thorough gist after an initial listening of authentic aural Iraqi Arabic passages
  • Deliver a five-minute oral presentation in Iraqi Arabic on a relevant cultural topic
  • Develop a written transcript of a five-minute oral presentation in Iraqi Arabic on a relevant cultural topic

General Course Topics:

  • Societal and cultural issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Economics
  • Politics and security
  • As well as health and science
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

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