Online Summer Intensive Arabic MSA, Folklore, & Culture
Dates: July 12- August 5, 2021
Total Credits: 3
This 2-tiered intensive course invites students whose proficiency in Arabic is on the Elementary 1 level (aka Beginners) to experience an integrated and expanded approach to the Arabic language and Arab folklore and culture.
The course will be held via ZOOM, three times a week, 6:00-9:30 pm (Haifa time). Once a week there will be a 1.5-hour lecture devoted to a subject on the Arab world.
I. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) at the Elementary 1 Level
Taught by Ms. Ester Cohen
This intensive summer course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. Students are introduced to the Arabic alphabet and to basic rules of grammar. Arabic songs and classical sources are used to introduce students to Arab culture. Card games and work in small groups also assist in increased absorption of the material taught in class.
Students are expected to spend between 1-2 hours outside of the class for each class day working on assignments and preparing for their next class.
II. Folklore and Culture of the Middle East - Lectures given by lecturers from the International School of the University of Haifa
Once a week, for a two-hour slot, students will receive a lecture on
Arab folklore, culture, and/or society. Potential topics covered:
Arabic music – poets, singers and songs: classical/ folklore and modern music
Arabic food, heritage/ folklore, traditions – a general view
Women in Arab and Palestinian society
Religion and Society
Family and Clan Structure
The course is open to all applicants above the age of 18.
* The course will open with a minimum of 20 participants