Advanced Arabic through Discussion
20 Lessons on Contemporary Topics with Integrated Skills and Fluency-building Activities for MSA Learners
A creative approach to Arabic language learning through lively topical discussion
Advanced Arabic through Discussion is a classroom-tested Advanced Arabic course that uses an inquiry-based approach to challenge advanced learners of Arabic by engaging them in thought-provoking discussions about social, ethical, and legal issues related to advertising, censorship, dress-codes, environment, rap music, extreme sports, GMOs, and other topics.
Drawing on her long experience as an Arabic instructor, Nevenka Korica Sullivan has organized the book into twenty chapters, each one devoted to a particular topic. While exploring each issue, learners are guided to expand their vocabulary, acquire complex structures, and discover the systematic relationships between language form, function, and meaning. The course is designed to create a lively, student-centered classroom where interaction is both the goal and the means of language study; it also can be successfully used with a tutor or for independent study.
2. Discussion 1: Should Antiquities Be Repatriated?
3. Discussion 2: Should the Medium of Instruction at Arab Universities be Arabic or English?
4. Discussion 3: What Are The Pros and Cons of Advertising?
5. Discussion 4: Are you for or against Banning Books?
6. Discussion 5: Is Graffiti Art or Vandalism?
7. Discussion 6: Are You for or against Zoos?
8. Discussion 7: Do Universities Need Dress Codes?
9. Discussion 8: What is More Effective in Fighting Injustice: Violence or Non-Violence?
10. Discussion 9: Are Talent Shows Good or Bad?
11. Discussion 10: Can Rap Music Be an Agent of Change?
12. Discussion 11: Should Dangerous Sports Be More Regulated?
13. Discussion 12: Do Celebrities Have Privacy Rights?
14. Discussion 13: Should Dangerous Sports Be More Regulated?
15. Discussion 14: Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories
16. Discussion 15: Is Alternative Medicine Science or Quackery?
17. Discussion 16: Is Economic Development More Important than the Protection of the Environment?
"For those of you who teach Arabic through debate or who want a nice guide and structure for your high intermediate and advanced classes, this book by Nevenka Korica Sullivan is amazing."—Noha Aboulmagd Forster, University of Chicago