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FYI: Piloting Advanced Content-based Arabic Course

Author: Rajaa Aquil

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

FYI Body: I will be teaching an advanced content-based Arabic language, culture
and history through songs this Fall 2012, on August 20, 2012. This is
part of a grant won by Georgia Tech School of Modern Languages to
devise materials and teach advanced content based course for the
less commonly taught languages.

We are looking for colleagues and centers at US (only) institutes
interested in piloting the course fully or partially. I am aware that the
schedules have already been set for most of the Arabic courses nation
wide. And I am afraid it is rather a very short notice, but I have been
advertising about the course since April 2012. And I am hoping that
there are some colleagues teaching Arabic who have some space in
their schedules and are interested in piloting the course. We are
looking for full piloting or partial piloting.

Note that the course is ADVANCED. I would love to share it with all
levels, but unfortunately it is not feasible at this moment. The course
material is on Georgia Tech sever and is web-based. The course is
designed to be covered during the 15 weeks of a semester. It covers
songs from Aljahiliyya to modern times (Arab Spring).

If you are not in a position to teach this course, please pass the word
around and forward this email to instructors of Arabic in your institute.
Those who are interested in the piloting please do email me ASAP and
I will give you access to the web.

Thanks in advance and looking forward to hearing from you.


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