August 17, 2018

Faraj, Reem Silver_nugget
arabic

Reem is an incredible professor. I had no background of Arabic before taking the class, and after one semester with Reem, I can read, write and hold a basic conversation.

She is understanding but expects you to put in the hard work. If you work hard in this class, you will do well.

I really recommend taking this course with Reem if you are ready to put in the hours because you will learn Arabic.

Workload:

A LOT! Homework every day - anywhere from 1-2 hours AND learning new vocabulary weekly. Bi-weekly quizzes. No midterm, but a huge final.

December 19, 2016

Nouhi, Youssef Gold_nugget
arabic

I have no complaints about his teaching. His number one goal is to make sure you learn. He will try to make life as easy for his students as possible without going easy on us. Before the final, he reviewed with us for three hours, taking time out of his day off. He also made us study guides that other teachers did not make. He goes above and beyond everyday.

Workload:

Like a part time job. 2-3 hours a night, including on weekends sometimes. Bi-weekly quizzes, final exam, daily homework.

April 22, 2009

Nouhi, Youssef Gold_nugget
arabic

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

A most caring, fair, brilliant professor. Professor Nouhi speaks several languages, and if he cannot make Arabic make sense in English, he'll use other languages to make his point - particularly helpful if you speak French (i.e. pronounciation tricks). He works hard, and manages to teach you beyond the syllabus without you realizing it. I have had few professor as stellar as Professor Nouhi, cannot believe there are not dozens of written reviews for him, and could not more highly recommend him (particularly after having other Arabic so-called instructors in the MEALAC department). When all is said and done, you will be pronouncing your Arabic properly, writing well and feel comfortable walking in to his class. Bottom line: he cares.

Workload:

Standard Arabic departmental Syllabus, quiz, final, homework. Get ready for lots of work, and add more to it yourself - it will only help. Listen to those CDs, they actually do help. Stop thinking in English or whatever language you speak natively. Five or six quizzes (one every other week). Painful finals that are totally do-able if you study.

August 25, 2005

Dika, Rifaat
arabic

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Some people think Rifaat is a nice man--I personal always felt awkward and uncomfortable around him. He is an easy professor with fairly low expectations from his students--a poor quality for a language prof. He does not demand much from his students and speaks too much English in an advanced Arabic class, He's not a trained Arabic teacher and while, yes he's fluent in Arabic, he doesn't know the reasons for a lot of the grammatical rules. He knows that that's the way they are because that's how he speaks it but that's not so helpful when you're trying to learn a language. Overall--you may find him a nice guy (which is what the other reviewers said) or you may find him creepy and he's not a particularly good Arabic teacher so I'd recommend taking someone else...

September 13, 2002

Ben-Amor, Taoufik Silver_nugget
arabic

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

i did not take his class, but i went out to dinner with him and he, as a human being, is the coolest professor teaching at columbia. check out his ude skills! SO COOL!

Workload:

no problem

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