Summer 2017 Course Listings

We will add Summer 2017 courses and descriptions in mid-December. In the meantime, the sample 2016 course listings in this section show the typical variety of courses available during the Summer Sessions. Sign up to be notified when 2017 courses are posted.

Students should contact the departmental representative with course-related questions.

Arabic Summer Program

Departmental Representative:

Taoufik Ben-Amor
308 Knox
212 854 2895
tb46@columbia.edu

Courses are offered in two five-week sessions.

First Year Arabic, I and II
Second Year Arabic, I and II

* Students applying for any course other than First Year Arabic, I, must take a placement exam before they are admitted to the program.
Students who have taken Elementary or Intermediate Arabic at Columbia University are not required to take the placement exam.

Students are encouraged to take courses in both sessions, but with permission from the director may take one session.

The Columbia Arabic Summer Program (CASP) offers intensive instruction in the Arabic language through texts, multimedia materials, and activities designed to situate the language in the context of cultures in which it is spoken. The program uses Al-Kitaab series published by Georgetown University Press.

The language of instruction is Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), but students also have the opportunity to take a course in Spoken Arabic offered in the afternoon if they wish.

Experienced instructors use a proficiency-based approach that emphasizes all five skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Arabic is the main language of instruction. Classes are held in technologically advanced smart and electronic classrooms.

The program also includes:

  • Daily office hours held by the instructors to advise students
  • Daily free tutoring provided by an experienced Teaching Assistant
  • Integrated weekly cultural events, including music presentation and movie screenings held on Thursday afternoon
  • Trips to acquaint students with the magnificent Middle Eastern heritage on display in museums and libraries of New York City. Visits to Middle Eastern neighborhoods and restaurants
  • Cooking Arab food
     

Mandatory cultural activities are scheduled for Thursday afternoons; students should arrange their schedules accordingly.

Students in the Columbia Arabic Summer Program follow the Summer Session application and registration procedures.

See financial aid options for the Arabic Summer Program >

Apply

To apply, follow the Summer Sessions application instructions for your admissions category:

 

MDES S1210C First Year Arabic, I. 5 points.

Students that are not registering for MDES 1211 in Session 2 need to contact tb46@columbia.edu for permission
Fee: Language Resource Center Fee - 15.00

Prerequisites: Students that are not registering for MDES S1211 will be required to request professor permission (tb46@columbia.edu) to enroll.

An introduction to the language of classical and modern Arabic literature. Designed to develop the skills necessary for reading and speaking in this country or in the Middle East. Integrates the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing with an introduction to Arabic culture. Enrollment priority will be given to students that are taking MDES S1211 in Summer Session 2. If you are only taking MDES S1210 you need to contact tb46@columbia.edu for permission.

Summer 2016: MDES S1210C
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MDES 1210 001/28641 M T W Th 9:00am - 1:00pm
101 Knox Hall
Taoufik Ben-Amor 5 12/12

MDES S1211S First Year Arabic, II. 5 points.

Mandatory placement exam for students who did not take S1210 at Columbia.
Fee: Language Resource Center Fee - 15.00

Prerequisites: MDES S1210, or the equivalent.

The continuation of S1210.

Summer 2016: MDES S1211S
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MDES 1211 001/63070 M T W Th 9:00am - 1:00pm
101 Knox Hall
Reem Faraj 5 11/15

MDES S1214C Second Year Arabic, I. 5 points.

Mandatory placement exam for visiting students.
Fee: Language Resource Center Fee - 15.00

Prerequisites: MDES W1211-W1212, or the equivalent.

A continuation of the study of the language of contemporary writing in Arabic. Designed to increase vocabulary and extend facility with grammatical forms. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities will develop beyond the range of a simple sentence to that of more complex, lengthier discourse. Students begin to feel confident conversing with native speakers.

Summer 2016: MDES S1214C
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MDES 1214 001/29839 M T W Th 9:00am - 1:00pm
104 Knox Hall
Rym Bettaieb 5 5/15

MDES S1215S Second Year Arabic, II.. 5 points.

Mandatory placement exam for students who did not take MDES S1214 at Columbia.
Fee: Language Resource Center Fee - 15.00

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: MDES W1211-W1212 and W1214 or the equivalent.

A continuation of the study of the language of contemporary writing in Arabic. Designed to increase vocabulary and extend facility with grammatical forms. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities will develop beyond the range of a simple sentence to that of more complex, lengthier discourse. Students begin to feel confident conversing with native speakers.

Summer 2016: MDES S1215S
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MDES 1215 001/19729 M T W Th 9:00am - 1:00pm
104 Knox Hall
Rym Bettaieb 5 6/15

MDES S4210C Third Year Arabic I. 5 points.

Mandatory placement exam for visiting students
Fee: Materials Fee - 10.00

Prerequisites: MDES W1214-W1215, or the equivalent

Improvement of writing and speaking skills through compositions, class discussions, and presentations in Arabic on topics such as areas and cultures of the Middle East; classical and modern Arabic literature; and current, authentic materials available from Middle Eastern sources. Review of grammatical and syntactic rules as needed.

Summer 2016: MDES S4210C
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MDES 4210 001/10818 M T W Th 9:00am - 1:00pm
114 Knox Hall
Youssef Nouhi 5 4/15

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.