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[MDES W4214] Composition & Style in Arabic Literature I

February 05, 2007

Ben-Amor, Taoufik Silver_nugget
[MDES W4214] Composition & Style in Arabic Literature I

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On the one hand, Taoufik is a pompous snob who sometimes appears to have become a teacher to make others listen to him talk.

Given this, what's really shocking is that he is a fantastic teacher. He chooses his lessons well, varying the level of difficulty of the texts so that students at all of the many levels in the class can be challenged and drawing out the most important stylistic aspects of the stories in follow-up lessons. He also demands improvement and gives each student personalized reccomendations on what to improve. His demeanor is off-putting, but I feel I'll have to take as many classes as I can with him because I am learning so much.

Workload:

Pretty damn much, but learning Arabic is a full-time job.

January 08, 2007

Ben-Amor, Taoufik Silver_nugget
[MDES W4214] Composition & Style in Arabic Literature I

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

What can I say? He is one of my favorite professors...I can't tell you how hard it was to master my fear of this man...not because of his attitude...it was more out of awe of his linguistic abilities, his style, his mannerisms, and his humor. Don't expect an easy ride...I think I've done more work for this class than any other at CU. If you are studying Arabic, don't miss Prof. Ben-Amor. He will inspire you and show you Arabic and Arab culture in the best way.

You won't be disappointed.

Workload:

8-10 pages of translation per week, 1-2 writing assignments per week, one paper, midterm, final...heavy, but always worthwhile.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W4214: Comp & Style in Arabic Literature I Taoufik Ben-Amor 2001 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1