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Intermediate Arabic I, Beginning I, Beginning II

January 18, 2006

Daher, Jamil
Intermediate Arabic I, Beginning I, Beginning II

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I agree that Jamil is a nice man. Having had him for three semesters, I found him very helpful for the first year and not helpful for the second. At a time when we should have been speaking Arabic most of the time, he preferred to always use English. I feel that he probably valued his ability to make jokes above our listening skills: after all, we wouldn't understand any of his jokes in Arabic. While classtime was most enjoyable, I felt very frustrated by the lack of rigor and the lack of emphasis on actually using Arabic. Now that I have a different teacher, I find that I'm behind the other students.

Workload:

You can get by with a lot less than you should be able to. In Intermediate, he let us use a dictionary on the exams, which didn't motivate anyone to actually learn the vocabulary.

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