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Course Specifications

  • The Postgraduate Diploma program in Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers

 

Code Number Course title Credit hours Level
PREP 511 Introduction to Linguistics 2 N A
Course description
In this course, students receive an introduction to linguistics, including a survey of the different levels, methodologies and sub-fields of modern linguistics. In addition the student is acquainted with some traditional linguistic studies.
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RPRE 512 Arabic Phonology 2 N A
Course description
In this course, students are presented with an introduction to phonetics, including Arab's contributions in this field, as well as a detailed study of the Arabic sound system and related phonetic phenomena.
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PRER 513 Arabic Morphosyntax 3 N A
Course description
In this course, students are taught the scientific principles of studying and analyzing morphological units and the syntactic rules required for the composition of the Arabic sentence, as well as the semantic and grammatical relations among the sentential units.
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PREP 514 Methods of teaching Arabic 3 N A
Course description
In this course, students are presented with the modern theories of teaching foreign languages, with emphasis on the methods of teaching the Arabic language skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) and components (Sounds, Vocabulary, and Grammar).
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PREP 515 Audio-Visual Aids for Language Teaching 2 N A
Course description
This course familiarizes students with audio-visual aids for language teaching, such as language laboratories, computer-assisted language learning, tape-recorders flash cards and different types of projectors.
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PREP 516 Second Language Acquisition 2 N A
Course description
This course presents the important theories in the field of second language acquisition, the variables affecting the acquisition and the differences between first and second language acquisition.
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PREP 517 Methods of teaching Islamic Culture 1 N A
Course description
In this course, students learn the methods of teaching the various divisions of the Islamic culture.
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PREP 518 Practicum 3 N A
Course description
This course provides students with real experience in teaching Arabic, including preparation of lesson plans, evaluation of learners, testing language skills and utilization of teaching aids.
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PREP 519 Issues in Applied Linguistics 2 N A
Course description
This course presents a number of issues and topics selected from some areas in applied linguistics such as sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and lexicography.
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PREP 520 Contrastive and Error Analyses 3 N A
Course description
The first half of this course is devoted to the theory of contrastive analysis which focuses on the similarities and differences between different linguistic systems. The second half introduces the theory of error analysis and its methods of error identification, analysis, classification and causes.
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PREP 521 Language Testing 3 N A
Course description
This course introduces principles of measurement and evaluation, and focuses on language testing, including tests of language skills and components.
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PREP 522 Language Teaching Materials 2 N A
Course description
This course presents the different types of material resources as well as the scientific principles of material selection, preparation, organization and evaluation.
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PREP 523 Research in Applied Linguistics 2 N A
Course description
In this course, students are theoretically and practically introduced to principles of conducting and evaluating studies, articles and reports in the field of applied linguistics.

 

  • Master of Arts: in Teaching of Arabic to Speakers of Other Languages (TASOL)

 

Code Number Course title Credit hours Level
Prep 551 Introduction to Applied Linguistics 3 3 N A
Course description
This course includes an orientation to the basic subjects in modern linguistics, its concepts and main terminologies with a special focus on applied linguistics subdivisions.
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Prep 552 Second Language Acquisition 3 3 N A
Course description
This course presents the major theories related to second language acquisition, the factors that impact the acquisition, and the differences between first language acquisition and second language learning. In addition, it includes the principles of sociolinguistics and language and identity.
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Prep 553 Methods of Teaching Languages 3 3 N A
Course description
The student will learn the advantages and disadvantages of employing various methods of teaching foreign languages. The course introduces the student to practical samples of each method accompanied by different language skills and elements. The student learns modern theories related to teaching second language learning techniques.
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Prep 554 Culture and Language Teaching 3 3 N A
Course description
This course enlightens the student about the relationship between culture and language teaching, the amount of cultural information that should be embodied in language teaching, and whether the cultural significations should be presented directly or indirectly. The student will also understand the impact of learners’ motivations and attitudes on the methods employed to present aspects of culture when teaching languages.
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Prep 561 Language Testing 3 3 N A
Course description
This course presents general principles of testing, such as validity and reliability. It also points out the differences between subjective and objective tests, presents various types of language tests, and presents information about statistics necessary for testing as well as techniques that govern the design of tests related to language skills and elements. In addition, the course examines the importance of testing in developing curricula.
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Prep 562 Teaching Languages for Special Purposes 3 3 N A
Course description
In this course, the student is introduced to the natures and characters of language learners and their different learning needs and aims as well as the effect of these needs on language learning. The student is also introduced to various language teaching programs and how they vary according to learners’ needs, program designers, and programs of teaching languages for special purposes.
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Prep 563 Computer and Language Teaching 3 3 N A
Course description
The first part of this course introduces students to instructional technologies used in teaching and learning a second language. The second part of the course aims to introduce students to computer applications in teaching Arabic to speakers of other languages, including software packages and Internet resources and how to evaluate and utilize them in teaching Arabic.
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Prep 564 Contrastive Linguistics and Error Analysis 3 3 N A
Course description
The first half of this course is devoted to the theory of contrastive analysis, which focuses on the similarities and differences between different linguistic systems. The second half introduces the theory of error analysis and its methods of error identification, analysis, classification, and causes.
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Prep 571 Teaching Language Elements and skills 3 3 N A
Course description
This course presents various techniques used in teaching elements of Arabic (sounds, vocabulary, and grammar structures) and skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). It also reviews the latest scientific research and studies that deal with teaching these elements and skills. The student is taught how to prepare different exercises and drills and is asked to teach them in class.
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Prep 572 Preparation and Evaluation of Language Teaching Materials 3 3 N A
Course description
This course introduces the students to the sources of instructional materials and principles of preparing these materials, such as setting the objectives, selecting linguistic and cultural materials and ways of organizing and evaluating them, phases of materials preparation, and designing and organizing lessons. It also introduces students to the characteristics of well designed textbooks. Students are required to prepare models of lessons and units and apply what they have leaned in analyzing samples of language teaching materials.
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Prep 573 Preparation and Evaluation of Language Teaching Materials 3 3 N A
Course description
This course introduces the students to the academic principles used in preparing and evaluating research and a number of essays and reports in the field of applied linguistics. Students are also introduced to scientific resources, such as periodicals and language journals. They will be introduced to basic research methods and fundamental concepts of educational statistics. The student is required to conduct an experiment in preparing research, following proper procedures of academic research.
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Prep 581 Language Planning 3 3 N A
Course description
The student is introduced to the main factors that affect language planning for certain phases or environments and the general politics that govern them, such as the general politics of the state, ministry, or the university; population growth; and considering learners’ needs and desires and how language material should be distributed at those levels or phases.
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Prep 582 Practicum 3 3 N A
Course description
In this course, the student applies various methods and techniques in teaching Arabic to speakers of other languages. The student attends classes and observes professionals teaching, and he will be asked to comment on what he has observed. The student participates in an intensive teaching practice and is required to teach all language elements and skills.
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Prep 599 Research Project 3 3 N A
Course description
The student is required to write a short research paper under the supervision of one of the teaching staff. The research should address an aspect relating to the teaching of Arabic to speakers of other languages.