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Read this chart to see a provisional schedule of what you could be doing each week in the course.

Beginners:
It is totally up to you if you do not wish to study the materials in the proposed sequence. However, if you have studied only for 1semester at your home University it is advisable that you start with the dialogues at least as they are the simplest in sentence structure and other linguistic features.

Week Unit
1 & 3

Text type 1 — Dialogues (# 7)

Reading :

In this unit, you will read and listen to 7 dialogues where people talk about simple and everyday topics. Dialogue #7 introduces an ancient Egyptian myth simplified.

You will work on catching the main topic or idea that someone is talking about.

You will read the text vowelled and unvowelled

Listening & pronunciation:

You will practice listening to the “dialogues” several times while reading the vowelled text aloud repeatedly with the reader and after the reader.

You should record your reading and compare it to the sound file you heard.

Vocabulary & Structure:

You will learn a number of new everyday vocabulary;

You will study the new words and recognize the root from which the word is derived and the type of word as well as its meaning; You will read the new words in sentences different from those provided in the text to see the word in different contexts;

You will learn how to conjugate the new verbs in their different tenses with the different singular, dual and plural feminine and masculine pronouns. You will also learn the verb type or the (wazn) of the verb you are using; Having the root presented in the word profile table, you are encouraged to take the root of the verb and look it up in the dictionary to develop your dictionary skills;

You will be practicing to use the new words n sentence and paragraph contexts.

Assignment:

After completing the study of the different dialogues you can simply take a quiz to test before you could move to the following text type.

After reading each lesson you are encouraged to record your reading aloud of the text and email it to your online tutor for feedback.

 

Text type 2 narration — diaries (# of texts 4)

In this unit, you will read and listen to 4 short diary entries.

You will be focusing on how to give a recount with events that took place in your daily life. You will be required to determine the main ideas as well as some detail. You will practice depicting cause and effect in the texts as well as distinguish between intention or wish and fact and past events.

You will read the text vowelled and unvowelled.

Listening & pronunciation:

You will practice listening to the “tale” several times while reading the vowelled text aloud repeatedly with the reader and after the reader.

You should record your reading and compare it to the sound file you heard.

Vocabulary & Structure:

You will learn a number of new everyday vocabulary;

You will study the new words and recognize the root from which the word is derived and the type of word as well as its meaning; You will read the new words in sentences different from those provided in the text to see the word in different contexts;

You will learn how to conjugate the new verbs in their different tenses with the different singular, dual and plural feminine and masculine pronouns. You will also learn the verb type or the (wazn) of the verb you are using; Having the root presented in the word profile table, you are encouraged to take the root of the verb and look it up in the dictionary to develop your dictionary skills;

You will be practicing to use the new words n sentence and paragraph contexts.

Assignment:

You will do at least 3 full 3 lesson assignments;

After completing the study of the different tales you can simply take a quiz before you could move to the following text type.

After reading each lesson you are encouraged to record your reading aloud of the text and email it to your online tutor for feedback.

4 & 5

Text type 2 narration — stories folklore (# of texts 4)

Reading:

In this unit, you will read and listen to 4 short folk tales

You will work on understanding the simple plot and understanding some detailed events. You will focus on tense agreement and the different voices (characters) of the story.  

You will read the text vowelled and unvowelled

Listening & pronunciation:

You will practice listening to the “tale” several times while reading the vowelled text aloud repeatedly with the reader and after the reader.

You should record your reading and compare it to the sound file you heard.

Vocabulary & Structure:

You will learn a number of new everyday vocabulary;

You will study the new words and recognize the root from which the word is derived and the type of word as well as its meaning; You will read the new words in sentences different from those provided in the text to see the word in different contexts;

You will learn how to conjugate the new verbs in their different tenses with the different singular, dual and plural feminine and masculine pronouns. You will also learn the verb type or the (wazn) of the verb you are using; Having the root presented in the word profile table, you are encouraged to take the root of the verb and look it up in the dictionary to develop your dictionary skills;

You will be practicing to use the new words n sentence and paragraph contexts.

Assignment:

You will do at least 3 full 3 lesson assignments;

After completing the study of the different tales you can simply take a quiz before you could move to the following text type.

After reading each lesson you are encouraged to record your reading aloud of the text and email it to your online tutor for feedback.

5 & 6

Text type 2 narration — biographies (#of texts 10)

In this unit, you will listen and read biographies of famous Arab singers, actors, politicians and men of letters. You will learn new words from words you know. You will practice following the time line in the different biographies through ordering events. You will learn how to understand texts that talk about achievements and important events in one’s life. As in the previous text types you will be practicing reading for gist as well as for specific details.

Listening & pronunciation:

You will practice listening to the “biography” several times while reading the vowelled text aloud repeatedly with the reader and after the reader.

You should record your reading and compare it to the sound file you heard.

Vocabulary & Structure:

You will learn a number of new everyday vocabulary;

You will study the new words and recognize the root from which the word is derived and the type of word as well as its meaning; You will read the new words in sentences different from those provided in the text to see the word in different contexts;

You will learn how to conjugate the new verbs in their different tenses with the different singular, dual and plural feminine and masculine pronouns. The emphasis in this unit is on the past tense verb. You will also learn the verb type or the (wazn) of the verb you are using; Having the root presented in the word profile table, you are encouraged to take the root of the verb and look it up in the dictionary to develop your dictionary skills;

You will be practicing to use the new words n sentence and paragraph contexts.

Assignment:

Complete 3 lesson assignments;

 After completing the study of the different biographies you can simply take a quiz before you could move to the following text type.

After reading each lesson you are encouraged to record your reading aloud of the text and email it to your online tutor for feedback.

Extension: browse the internet to find a number of links that provide information about 3 particular names that you have been introduced to through the biographies you have read. Compose a list of the URLs and email list to your online tutor.

7 & 8

Text type 2 narration — diaries

In this unit, you will listen to people talking about travel. You will learn words that help you hear if someone is talking about the past, present, or future. You will practice hearing the little helping words . You will study the grammar of prepositions.

You will do three Lesson Assignments and a Unit Assignment.

9 & 10

Text type 3Informative — general knowledge

In this unit, you will listen to people talking about relationships. You will learn about sequence words. You will practice hearing intonation in questions. You will study the grammar of yes/no questions.

You will do three Lesson Assignments and a Unit Assignment.

11 & 12

Text type 3 Informative - culture

In this unit, you will listen to people talking about work. You will learn about possibility and probability. You will practice hearing word stress. You will study the grammar of reflexive pronouns.

You will do three Lesson Assignments and a Unit Assignment.

13

Course Examination

You will listen to several short audio clips. The questions on the test will be like the questions you answered in your Unit Assignments.

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