for Dr. Bulbul's students

Arabic 2 syllabus: January-March 2020

The following is the overall syllabus for UvA Talen Arabic 2, January-March 2019. The syllabus is based on a previous course and will be updated each week with current information as the course progresses.

A couple of useful links:

And also a couple of important points:

  • Arabic 2 spelling list.
  • Information about the Arabic 2 final test. Note that we will do the speaking skills portion in week 9, and the remaining portion in week 10 (the last class).
  • Please write to your instructor if for some reason you cannot attend class.
  • If you do not pass the final exam or cannot attend class on the day of the final exam, the make-up exam or resit can be taken on either Tuesday, 25 March or Wednesday 31 March from 19:00 to 21:00 at UvA Talen, Roetersstraat 25.
  • Please try to miss as few classes as possible, not more than two in order to be eligible for the final exam.
Lesson Material Covered
Lesson 1
15/1
Updated 17/1/2020.

During class:

Homework for next class:

  • Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 4: Watch the video described at the bottom of page 48. All videos for the book can be found here.
  • Watch Shaykh Munaf, episode 1.
  • Prepare Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 5: Read explanations on pages 63 and 64. Learn vocabulary on pages 65–66.
  • Prepare Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 6: Read explanations and learn vocabulary on pages 81–82. The prepositions introduced in the vocabulary are also displayed graphically on page 78.
Lesson 2
22/1
Updated.

During class:

  • Mastering Arabic 1, Units 5 and 6.

Homework:

  • Watch غرفة مريم
  • Finish off Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 6, doing exercises 11 and 12. Do exercise 10 on a separate sheet of paper, with your name on top, and hand it in to your teacher next week.
  • Prepare Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 7: Read the Arabic on page 83. Read all of the explanations, and learn the vocabulary.
Lesson 3
29/1
Updated.

During class:

  • Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 7.

Homework:

  • Watch أين أنتِ؟
  • The next unit in Mastering Arabic 1 is a review unit. So this is a good opportunity to review all of the vocabulary from Units 1 through 7.
  • Prepare the children’s book أنا وأخي.
  • In Mastering Arabic, Unit 7, exercise 6, on p. 91, reference is made to ابن سينا, known in the West by his Latin name Avicenna. You can read more about this historical figure, sometimes called “the father of modern medicine”, on Wikipedia in English or in Dutch.
Lesson 4
5/2
Updated.

During class:

Homework:

  • Watch Shaykh Munaf, episode 2
  • Do exercises 10 and 11 in Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 8. You do not need to hand these assignments in to your teacher. Remember that there is an answer key in the back of the book if you get stuck.
  • Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 9: Read all the explanations. Familiarize yourself with the countries on the first page and those listed in the vocabulary section. Learn the vocabulary after the nationalities in the vocabulary section.
  • Reread أنا وأخي. Next time we may do an activity using the new vocabulary.
Lesson 5
12/2
Updated.

During class:

  • Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 9.

Homework:

  • Watch مدينة مريم.
  • Do Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 9, exercises 10 and 11.
  • Prepare Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 10: Read all the explanations and learn the vocabulary.
Lesson 6
19/1
Updated.

During class:

  • Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 10.

Homework:

  • Watch Shaykh Munaf, episode 3.
  • Reread the conversation in Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 10, on page 126. Also do the exercise on page 130, which you have to think about and then do with the audio. You will then practise this in class live with a partner.
  • Finish exercise 9 on page 129, writing it out.
  • For help with writing the Arabic numerials, look at Unit 12 in the Bite-Size Arabic handwriting workbook.
  • Prepare Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 11: Read the explanations and learn the vocabulary.
Lesson 7
26/2
Updated.

During class:

  • Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 10, exercise 10.
  • Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 11.

Homework:

  • Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 11: Read the conversation on page 143; next time we will practise this as in the pink box on the same page. Do exercises 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11.
  • Watch color song.
  • Prepare Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 12: Read the first page. Read the explanations and learn the vocabulary.
  • Read the page on this site about online Arabic dictionaries.
  • At the top of this page, please look at sheet with information about the final test, as well as the spelling list.
Lesson 8
4/3
Not yet updated.

During class:

  • Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 12.

Homework:

  • Watch مصر هي أمّي
  • Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 12: We have read through the bubbles exercise 4 in class; now work through the audio portion, putting the bubbles in the correct order. Also do the video exercise on page 164. (You are a productive group. We actually did all of this in class.)
  • Prepare Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 13: Read the explanations and learn the vocabulary.
Lesson 9
11/3
Not yet updated.

During class:

  • Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 13.

Homework:

  • Read through text on page 178 in Mastering Arabic 1, Unit 13.
  • Prepare for test.
Lesson 10
18/3
Final test.

 



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2 Comments

  1. Dear Bulbul,

    I was a student 2 years ago voor Arabic 1, beginners. I wonder is there a Bite Size Arabic 2 book?
    and شكرا جزيلا لك for helping with the first steps in learning Arabic!
    It inspired me to go on. This year I went to Palestina for a 10 day course which was a great experience!

    kind regards,
    Martin Bommel

    1. Hello, Martin. How nice to hear that you enjoyed using Bite-Size Arabic and that you have continued learning Arabic. Sorry, but there is no follow-up book planned for Bite-Size, which wasn’t really conceived with the idea of making it into a series. If you are looking for a book that is appropriate for someone who has finished Bite-Size, two books I can recommend are Mastering Arabic and Complete Arabic.

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