Continued cquisition of advanced grammar and vocabulary. Increased focus on reading, writing, and discussion in Modern Standard Arabic.
USC does not presently offer a 4th year option for students of Arabic, as it has not been necessary thus far. However, with the growth of the program and student interest, more and more students of Arabic are interested in taking their knowledge of Arabic to higher levels. Several students have expressed interest in summer programs and studying abroad, thus leaving them as juniors and seniors without any Arabic course to take. Moreover, because of the history of Arabic as a prestige language, and the use of Modern Standard Arabic as a language of literature and formal situations, written MSA is often still inaccessible to students even after 3 years of study. The proposed course series (ARAB 401/402) focus on the student’s ability to read and write at higher levels, a skill necessary for students hoping to use Arabic in professional situations in the future. ARAB 401/402 would focus on real texts and media in formal MSA, thus preparing students and giving them the skills to move forward in their study of Arabic, whether that be to work for the government or an NGO, or to read or study literature for pleasure or professionally.
The Departmental Curriculum Committee suggest the following changes be made and the proposal be resubmitted:
See the 10% rule: http://bulletin.sc.edu/content.php?catoid=52&navoid=1280#Attendance_Policy
One committee member wrote:
Again, change the word "understand" to an active verb and add the assignment list for the semester.
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We have approved the proposal and are moving it forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
During our review we did notice what appears to be a typo. In the assessment weighting, you list "Tests and Quizzes" as 15%, but later list the Midterm and Final tests independently. When you offer the course, please clarifying this in the syllabus (possibly changing this to just "Quizzes").
Note, since this is a new course, it can be taught in the semester following the point it is approved. Assuming it is approved in the September Facutly Senate meeting, this means you could offer it in Spring 2019.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chair803email@example.comFaculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses