Communication, Rhetoric and the Literary Arts (CRLA)

CRLA-Arabic

ARA 101: Reading and Writing Workshop 7

This course aims at investing in the skills of reading so as to develop speaking and writing skill through presenting the information about a book that the students read as well as writing up a piece related to the book, based on specific guidelines for this level. Students face some challenges when selecting the appropriate book that would dictate their reading level so as to move to a further level. In ‘writing workshops’, students study many literary genres, such as short stories, poetry and articles. Students are also introduced to the writing guidelines for each of them, along with specifying enough time for this workshop during class time for discussion and writing. This workshop also aims at providing students with the opportunity to showcase their writing skills and further improve them as per the specific guidelines. It also allows them to be self-critical about their work as well as playing the role of the critique and editor for their classmates’ work through literary circles that are held in the classroom.

ARA 201: Reading and Writing Workshop 8

ورشة القراءة والكتابة 8 (عربيّ 201)

إن إضافة المرحلة المتوسطة المختلطة (الصفين السابع والثامن) يسمحتهدف هذه المادّة إلى تطوير مهارات الطلبة وتعزيز قدراتهم كقرّاء مستقلين وككُتّاب متخصصين، إذ يتوقع من الطلبة أن يقرؤوا ما يزيد على 25 كتابًا خلال السنة، كما يتوقع منهم أن يكونوا قادرين على التنويع في الكتب التي يُقدمون على قراءتها من حيث اختيار أجناس أدبية مختلفة من مناطق جغرافية متنوعة. كما يُنتظر من الطلبة أن يرتقوا بمستويات الكتب التي يقرؤونها حتى يتحدّوا قدراتهم بهدف تطويرها. ترافق ورشات القراءة نشاطات شفويّة وكتابية متعددة كالحديث عن الكتاب ونادي الكتاب. أما في ورشات الكتابة، فيستمرّ الطلبة باكتشاف الأساليب التي يعتمد عليها الكُتّاب عند إنتاج أعمالهم الكتابيّة، كما يختبر الطلبة أنواعًا جديدة من الكتابة تتحدّى قدراتهم وتسعى لتطويرها، ويرافق ورشات الكتابة والقراءة في هذه المادّة قراءات أدبيّة متقدّمة على مستوى الصف، إذ يقوم الطلبة بتحليل بعض الأعمال الأدبية ومناقشتها ومحاكمتها.

This course aims at developing students’ skills and reinforcing their abilities as independent readers and specialized writers. Students are expected to read more than 25 books throughout the year. They are also expected to have the ability to pick different literary genres from different geographical areas. They are also expected to further select higher-level books so as to challenge their abilities and develop them. These workshops are accompanied by verbal and written activities such as conversations about the book and as well as attending book club. As for the writing workshops, students continue to discover methods upon which writers rely so as to produce their literary works. They will be introduced to new methods of writing that will challenge and improve their abilities. Workshops, this year, are accompanied by advanced literary readings – much ahead of the class’s level – in which students analyze and hold fruitful discussions.

ARA 301: Intermediate 1

المتوسط 1 (عربي 301)

يهدف هذا المستوى إلى تمكين الطلبة من دمج نشاطات المحادثة والكتابة باستخدام مفردات متنوّعة، وإلى فهم اللغة المكتوبة والمنطوقة وتفسيرها في مجموعة متعدّدة من الموضوعات، وإلى تبادل الآراء وعقد مناقشات مطابقة لمستوياتهم، ويحصل الطلبة في هذه المادّة على مستوى متقدم من الكفاءة في الاستماع والتحدث والقراءة والكتابة باستخدام الهيكل اللغويّ الصحيح. ويكتسبون الثقة في التعبير عن الأفكار والآراء بلغة عربية مناسبة. ويتعرض الطلبة لنصوص ميسّرة من مختلف الأنواع الأدبيّة، ونصوص استماع من الحياة المعاصرة. وسيمكنهم ذلك من البدء في فهم الأدب وتحليله. كما أنّهم يصبحون قادرين على فهم الأفكار الرّئيسة وكتابة الملخصات والمقالات الوصفية.

The objective of this course is to enable the students to incorporate conversational and written activities by using extensive vocabulary. Students understand and interpret written and spoken language in a variety of topics, exchange opinions and hold debates matching their levels. Students attain an advanced level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing using the right linguistic structure. They gain confidence in expressing thoughts, opinions and ideas in an appropriate correct Arabic language. Students are exposed to simple texts of various literary genres and audio contemporary life texts. This will enable them to start comprehending literature and analyzing it. They are also able to grasp main ideas, write summaries and  simple descriptive articles.

ARA 302: Intermediate 2

المتوسط 2 (عربي 302)

يدرس الطلبة في هذا المستوى نصوصاً أدبيّة من الشّعر والنّصوص الصوتيّة والتلفزيونيّة، والنّصوص المطبوعة والإلكترونيّة، والقصص القصيرة والمقالات الموضوعيّة، ويعمل الطلبة على تحليل تلك النّصوص بشكل مكثّف، والتحدّث عنها بثقة لفترات زمنية طويلة. وسيتعرف الطلاب أيضًا إلى القواعد النّحويّة لفهم علاقة الكلمات في النّص بشكل أفضل، بالإضافة إلى ذلك يبحث الطلبة في موضوعات تاريخيّة حول التراث والتقاليد والنزاعات الإقليميّة في الشرق الأوسط، التي تتّسم بأهمية كبيرة للوصول إلى صورة أكمل وأكبر لظروف المنطقة، ويستطيع الطلبة في هذا المستوى التعبير عن أفكارهم وآرائهم باستخدام السّياقات اللغويّة المناسبة في كتابات المقالات الخاصّة بهم.

Students are exposed to more literature including poetry, audio texts, TV, printed and electronic texts, articles and short stories. They learn to analyze those texts extensively and to talk about them with confidence for extended periods of time. Students also learn the grammatical rules to better understand the relationships between words in a text. Furthermore, students delve into historical topics about Middle Eastern heritage, traditions and regional conflicts to attain a fuller picture of the circumstances of the region. Students must be able to express their thoughts, ideas and opinions by using appropriate language contexts in their essay writing.

ARA 303: Intermediate 3

المتوسط 3 (عربي 303)

يعمل الطلبة في هذا المستوى على دراسة نصوص من الأدب الكلاسيكيّ، والاستماع إلى نصوص صوتيّة تتلاءم ومستوياتهم اللّغويّة، وسيتعلمون كيفية بناء الأفكار والحجج المتعلقة بهذه النّصوص. وسيعمد الطلبة إلى تطوير مهارات التحدّث والكتابة لديهم لفهم الموضوعات التي تتم مناقشتها داخل المجتمع الفكريّ. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، سيتمكن الطلبة من كتابة مقالات متنوعة باستخدام مفردات أكثر تطوراً، بالإضافة إلى مناقشتها مع زملائهم. وسيكونون قادرين على إنتاج عروض تقديمية إعلامية منوّعة حول موضوعات مختلفة.

In this course, students read classical literature and listen to audio texts and learn how to build thoughts and arguments related to these texts. Students further improve their speaking and writing skills to understand more complex and abstract topics that are discussed within the intellectual community. Moreover, students learn to write more advanced essays and articles using more sophisticated vocabulary in addition to discussing them in class as debates and speeches, and they prepare and produce various media presentations on different topics.

Prerequisites: Placement exam for new students; faculty recommendation and department consent for returning students

ARA 304: Introduction to Literary Genres

مقدمة في الأجناس الأدبيّة (عربي 304)

يدرس الطلبة في هذه المادة مختارات من الأدب العربيّ تمثّل عدداً من الأجناس الأدبيّة: كالشّعر والقصّة والرسالة والسّيرة عبر العصور الأدبيّة المختلفة في محاور عدّة، ليتعرفوا العناصر الفنيّة لهذه الأجناس الأدبيّة، وربطها بالواقع اليوميّ الذي يعيشونه، وليزداد مذخورهم اللّغويّ من المفردات والتّراكيب والصّور والأخيلة. مع التركيز على دراسة البيئة الأدبيّة في العصر الجاهليّ من خلال دراسة " المعلّقات " وما أحيط بها من أفكار ونظريات، وأبرز شعراء هذا العصر وأدبائه. كما يحلّل الطلبة قصّة " العاقر" لميخائيل نعيمة، ومسرحية "النّمر في اليوم العاشر" لزكريا تامر، وسيرة حياة: "الأميرة وبنت الريح" من تأليف ستيج جريج. وتعمل هذه المادّة على تطوير مهارات الطّلبة الكتابيّة في مجالات الخاطرة والمقالة الموضوعيّة والتحليليّة، ويدعم ذلك تطبيقات – من خلال النّص – على موضوعات إملائيّة مثل : كتابة الهمزة ، وعلامات الترقيم ، والألف اللّينّة ، وموضوعات نحويّة في بابي : المرفوعات والمجرورات.

This course introduces students to the various Arabic literary genres through exposure to a variety of works. Students encounter poetry, fiction, epistles, speech, dialogue, essays and biographies from different literary periods of Arab history. Specific focus is directed at the pre-Islamic age and its famed Mu’allaqat, as well as the main literary figures and characteristics of that era. Students also analyze contemporary short stories. This course is designed to develop students' abilities in various fields of writing. Language skills, integrated through context, include spelling and grammatical/syntactical applications.

Prerequisites: Placement exam for new 9th grade students; faculty recommendation and department consent for returning students

ARA 350: Accelerated Introduction to Literary Genres

مقدّمة في الأجناس الأدبيّة (اللّغة والأدب 1): المستوى العالي (عربيّ 350)

يدرس الطلبة المتميّزون من الصف التاسع في هذه المادة مختارات من الأدب العربيّ تمثّل عدداً من الأجناس الأدبية: كالشّعر والقصّة والرسالة والسّيرة عبر العصور الأدبيّة المختلفة في محاور عدّة، ليتعرفوا العناصر الفنيّة لهذه الأجناس الأدبيّة، مع ربطها بالواقع اليوميّ الذي يعيشونه، وليزداد مذخورهم اللّغويّ من المفردات والتراكيب والصّور والأخيلة، والتركيز على دراسة البيئة الأدبيّة في العصر الجاهلي من خلال دراسة " المعلّقات " وما أحيط بها من أفكار ونظريات، وأبرز شعراء هذا العصر وأدبائه. وفي العصر الأموي يدرسون " ظاهرة الغزل العذريّ"، والكتاب البارزين في هذه الحقبة، بالإضافة إلى قضايا النّقد الأدبيّ في كلا العصرين. كما يحلّل الطلبة ثلاثة أعمال أدبية معاصرة: رواية إبراهيم نصر الله: أعراس آمنة ، رواية أنعام كجه جي: طشاري، ومسرحيّة رأس المملوك جابر من قبل سعد الله ونوس ، التي تتوّج بأداء مسرحي يتقمّص الطلبة شخصيات أبطالها. وتعمل هذه المادّة على تطوير مهارات الطلبة الكتابيّة في مجالات الخاطرة والقصّة والمقالة الموضوعيّة والتحليليّة والاستجابة الأدبيّة، ويدعم ذلك تطبيقات – من خلال النّص – على موضوعات إملائيّة مثل : كتابة الهمزة ، وعلامات الترقيم ، والألف اللّينّة ، وموضوعات نحويّة في أبواب : المرفوعات والمنصوبات والمجرورات، بالإضافة إلى بعض البحور العروضيّة.

This course introduces advanced 9th grade students to the various Arabic literary genres through exposure to a variety of works. Students encounter poetry, fiction, epistles, speech, dialogue, essays and biographies from different literary periods of Arab history. Specific focus is placed on the pre-Islamic age and its famed Mu’allaqat, and the main literary figures and characteristics of that era, as well as the Ummayad age through the study of the spinning parthenogenesis and the outstanding writers from that epoch, in addition to literary criticism in both periods. Students also analyze three literary contemporary works, one of which may culminate in a stage performance. Students hone their skills in writing stories, persuasive and topical essays and literary responses. Language skills – integrated through context – include more complex spelling and grammatical/syntactical applications, plus some metrical exercises in poetry.

Prerequisites: An excellent mark on the placement test for new 9th grade students, faculty recommendation and department consent for returning students

ARA 401: Literary Appreciation

التذوّق الأدبيّ (عربيّ 401)

 تعمل هذه المادّة على تنمية مهارات الطّلبة في التحليل الأدبيّ والنّقد وتّذوق الأدب، والوقوف على الأبعاد الفكريّة والفنيّة للأعمال الأدبيّة التي تمثّل عدداً من الألوان الأدبيّة الجديدة مثل الحكم، والأمثال العربيّة، والمقالة الأدبيّة الفلسفيّة، بالإضافة إلى الشّعر والقصّة والرسالة. والتركيز على دراسة البيئة الأدبيّة في العصر الأمويّ من خلال دراسة " شعر الغزل العذري " و" النقائض "، وأبرز شعراء هذا العصر وأدبائه، كما يحلّل الطّلبة ثلاثة أعمال أدبية معاصرة: رواية يوسف القعيد" الحرب في برّ مصر"، ومسرحية محمد الماغوط "المهرج"، والمجموعة القصصيّة" أبو بطة" لميخائيل نعيمة. وتعمل هذه المادّة على تطوير مهارات الطلبة الكتابيّة في مجالات المقالات الإقناعيّة والموضوعيّة، والاستجابة الأدبيّة والقصّة، ويدعم ذلك تطبيقات – من خلال النّص – على موضوعات إملائيّة مثل : كتابة الهمزة ، وعلامات التّرقيم ، والألف اللّينّة ، وموضوعات نحويّة في باب " المنصوبات".

This course offers students exposure to a wide variety of literary texts with the aim of cultivating their abilities in literary analysis, criticism and appreciation. Students experience a variety of readings that cover several genres: the rich heritage of gnomic literature with its proverbs and aphorisms, philosophical essays, selections from Arab narrative poetry and the epistolary tradition. Emphasis is placed on the Ummayad age through the study of the spinning parthenogenesis, as well as some outstanding writers from that epoch. Additionally, students analyze three literary contemporary works, one of which may culminate in a stage performance. Students hone their skills in writing persuasive and topical essays, literary responses and stories. Language skills – integrated through context – include more complex spelling and grammatical/syntactical applications.

Prerequisites: Placement exam for new 10th grade students; faculty recommendation and department consent for returning students

ARA 450: Accelerated Literature and Cultural Studies

الأدب والدراسات الثقافيّة: المستوى العالي (عربي 450)

يدرس الطلبة المتميّزون من الصف العاشر في هذه المادة العديد من القضايا الثقافيّة المعاصرة ويحلّلونها، كما تهدف هذه المادّة إلى تطوير قدرات الطلبة في فهم النّصوص المختلفة والربط بين أجزائها، وفي الترجمة من اللّغة الإنجليزيّة إلى العربيّة، والتعريف بالعلماء العرب وإنجازاتهم في المجالات المختلفة، وكذلك دراسة أبرز ملامح الفنّ والعمارة العربيّة، وتحليل العديد من الأفلام العربيّة الكوميديّة والتراجيديّة، وعدد من الأعمال الشعريّة، كما يحلّل الطلبة خمسة أعمال أدبيّة معاصرة: "عرس الزّين" للطّيّب صالح، و"دعاء الكروان"  لطه حسين، و "سارة " لعبّاس محمود العقّاد، و"ساق البامبو" لسعود السّنعوسيّ، و"ذاكرة الجسد " لأحلام مستغانمي. وتعمل هذه المادّة على تطوير مهارات الطلبة الكتابيّة في مجالات المقالات التحليلّيّة والموضوعية، والاستجابة الشعريّة والقصصيّة، ويدعم ذلك تطبيقات لغويّة حول العديد من القضايا الإملائيّة والضبط والتشكيل. ويستطيع الطلبة بعد الانتهاء من هذه المادة التقدّم للامتحان الدوليّ (GCE Advanced Level Arabic exam) الذي يُعدّ مكمـّلا لمتطلبات معادلة الثانوية العامّة الأردنيّة.

In this course, advanced 10th grade students examine and analyze a vast array of contemporary and cultural topics. This course aims at developing students’ skills, particularly with regards to understanding different texts and establishing links between them. Additionally, students translate sections from English to Arabic and are introduced to Arab scholars and their accomplishments in several fields. They also examine the most prominent features of Arab architecture as well as analyzing many comedic Arabic films and some works of poetry. Students analyze five contemporary literary works. Students develop their writing skills in analytical and poetic pieces. This is reinforced by grammatical exercises in dictation and vowels. Upon completing this course, students will be are able to sit the GCE Advanced Level Arabic Exam, which fulfils the Jordanian Tawjihi equivalency requirements.

Prerequisites: An excellent mark on the placement test for new 10th grade students and  a minimum average of A- in Accelerated Introduction to Literary Genres, or an A in Introduction to Literary Genres, in addition to department consent

ARA 501: Islamic Civilization

الحضارة الإسلامية: (عربي 501)

تهدف هذه المادّة إلى تعريف الطلبة على مقدّمات في التّاريخ والحضارة الإسلاميّة، من حيث نشأتها ومظاهرها في العلوم والأخلاق وإنجازاتها العلميّة والثقافيّة، بالنّظر في كتب التاريخ الإسلاميّ التي تُعنى بالوجود منذ بدء الخلق، ودراسة الأقوام والأمم التي سبقت البعثة، والأمم التي تلتها، منذ الخلافة الراشدة حتى العصر الحديث. والتركيز على الجوانب الأدبيّة والثقافيّة في هذه الحضارة. كما تهدف هذه المادّة إلى تطوير مهارات الطلبة الكتابيّة في الأنواع الأدبيّة المختلفة من حيث ترتيب الجمل وتماسكها وطريقة عرض الموضوع من خلال كتابة مقالات تحليليّة وإقناعيّة متعدّدة، حتى تكون هذه المادّة بوابة لدراسة موادّ: " الأدب والدراسات الثقافيّة" أو الحلقات الأدبيّة (Seminar) في العام التالي، وسيتمّ اعتماد هذه المادّة بشكل مزدوج في دائرتي اللغة العربيّة والإنسانيّات كمتطلبات للتخرّج.

This course aims to introduce students to Islamic history and civilizations. Students examine the emergence of many empires as well as the cultural, religious and scientific legacies they left. This is accomplished through reading and analysing academic works focusing on Islamic history: from the beginning of creation to the Day of Judgement. As such, students learn about previous prophets and nations the preceded the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) as well as the caliphates and empires that succeeded him. In addition, students focus on the literary and cultural aspects of the aforementioned civilizations and nations. This course also aims at developing students’ writing skills, particularly the structure and cohesion of sentences through writing a number of analytical essays. Upon the completion of this course, students are able to enroll in one of the following courses: “Literature and Cultural Studies” or Seminar courses. This course is considered a dual-credit course fulfilling the graduation requirements for the Arabic and Humanities departments.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Introduction to Literary Genres or Literary Appreciation, in addition to department consent

ARA 502: Literature and Cultural studies

الأدب والدراسات الثقافيّة: المستوى العاديّ (عربي 502)

يدرس الطلبة من الصفيّن 11+ 12 في هذه المادة العديد من القضايا الثقافيّة المعاصرة ويحلّلونها، كما تهدف هذه المادّة إلى تطوير قدرات الطلبة في فهم النّصوص المختلفة والربط بين أجزائها، وفي الترجمة من اللّغة الإنجليزيّة إلى العربيّة، والتعريف بالعلماء العرب وإنجازاتهم في المجالات المختلفة، وكذلك دراسة أبرز ملامح الفنّ والعمارة العربيّة، وتحليل العديد من الأفلام العربيّة الكوميديّة والتراجيديّة، وعدد من الأعمال الشّعريّة، كما يحلّل الطلبة خمسة أعمال أدبية معاصرة: "عرس الزّين" للطّيّب صالح، و"دعاء الكروان"  لطه حسين، و "سارة " لعبّاس محمود العقّاد، و"ساق البامبو" لسعود السّنعوسيّ، و"ذاكرة الجسد " لأحلام مستغانمي. وتعمل هذه المادّة على تطوير مهارات الطلبة الكتابيّة في مجالات المقالات التحليلّية والموضوعية، والاستجابة الشعريّة والقصصيّة، ويدعم ذلك تطبيقات لغويّة حول العديد من القضايا الإملائيّة والضبط والتشكيل. ويستطيع الطلبة بعد الانتهاء من هذه المادة التقدّم للامتحان الدوليّ (GCE Advanced Level Arabic exam) الذي يُعدّ مكمـّلا لمتطلبات معادلة الثانوية العامّة الأردنيّة.

In this course, 11th and 12th grade students examine and analyze a vast array of contemporary and cultural topics. This course aims at developing students’ skills, particularly with regards to understanding different texts and establishing links between them. Additionally, students translate sections from English to Arabic and are introduced to Arab scholars and their accomplishments in several fields. They also examine the most prominent features of Arab architecture and analyze five contemporary literary works, various comedic films and some works of poetry. This course develops students’ writing skills in analytical and poetic pieces. This is reinforced by grammatical exercises in dictation and vowels. Upon completing this course, students are able to sit the GCE Advanced Level Arabic Exam, which fulfils the Jordanian Tawjihi equivalency requirements.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of one of the following courses: Accelerated literature and Cultural Studies, Literature and Cultural Studies, Literary Appreciation, Islamic Civilization or any of the portfolio courses 

ARA 601: Seminar: Film-based Novels

حلقة دراسيّة: الأفلام الروائيّة (عربيّ 601)

حرصت السّينما على تبنّي الأعمال الرّوائيّة الّتي لاقت رواجًا أو جدلًا أو نجاحًا عند القُرّاء، وحوّلتها إلى أفلام، ومنها ما حافظ على الفكرة الأصيلة للرّواية، مع تغيير ـ أحيانًا ـ ليتناسب والصّنعة السّينمائيّة. وكان كُتّاب السّيناريو والحوار هم ـ غالبًا ـ الرّوائيّون أنفسهم كنجيب محفوظ، أو الاستعانة بكُتّاب سيناريو متخصّصين. وقد يثير الفيلم فضول المشاهدين للرّجوع إلى الرّواية الأصيلة لقراءتها.   لذا يهدف المساق إلى أن يفيد الطّلبة من الصّنعة السيّنمائيّة المثيرة للخيال؛ للإقبال على قراءة الرّوايات من مصدرها الأصيل، مع القدرة على كتابة تحليل قصصيّ وفق معايير تحليل الرّواية، والمقارنة بين نصّ الرّواية، وسيناريو الفيلم من حيث المضمون، وما أضافته الصّنعة السّينمائيّة لنصّ الرّواية، وإدارة نقاشات وحوارات طلّابيّة في ما شاهدوه أو قرؤوه؛ لإثراء حصيلتهم في هذين الفنّين، مع الاستعانة بنقّاد روائيّين وسينمائيّين لإرواء ظمأ الطّلبة للتّعرّف على تفاصيل أوسع مع طرح ما يشاؤون من أسئلة واستفسارات.

Many novels have been made into films. Some of these films have maintained the original idea of the novel, with minor changes so as to conform to the craft of movie-making. Movies often t spark the interest of viewers and make them read the original novels. This course allows students to delve into cinematography in a way that leads them to read and analyse the original novels. They also compare and contrast the text of the novels with the film script. Students hold discussions based on what they have watched or read, so as to enrich their knowledge in both disciplines. The course also hosts novelists and experts on cinematography who elaborate on the material and answer student questions.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of one of the following courses: Accelerated literature and Cultural Studies, Literature and Cultural Studies, Literary Appreciation, Islamic Civilization or any of the portfolio courses

ARA 602: Seminar: Popular and Traditional Literature

حلقة دراسيّة: الأدب الشعبيّ (عربيّ 602)

يعدّ الأدب الشعبيّ واحداً من مكوّنات التراث الثقافيّ والتاريخيّ والفكريّ للأمم، فهو الذي ينقل أفكار الأمة وعاداتها وتقاليدها وحكاياتها وقصصها وأنسابها ومعتقداتها من جيل إلى جيل، وهو بهذا يحفظ لنا تراثاً نستطيع بدراسته أن نتعرف على الحياة الفكريّة، والروحيّة، والاجتماعيّة لأسلافنا الأقدمين، إلا أنّه من ناحية أخرى يطلعنا على الخلفيّة التاريخيّة لآدابنا الشعبية المعاصرة، وما تحوي من تضمينات أسطوريّة شائعة فيها، ترجع في صميمها إلى تلك الآداب الشعبيّة التاريخيّة. لذا تهدف هذه المادّة إلى تناول العناصر الثقافيّة من أفكار ومبادئ وقيم في فنون الأدبّ الشعبيّ المختلفة، ودراسة مضامينها وتحليلها ونقدها، وتشتمل هذه الفنون فنوناً نثريّة وشعريّة، مثل الحكايات الشعبيّة كحكايات " ألف ليلة وليلة، والسّير الشعبيّة كـ " تغريبة بني هلال"، والنّوادر والنّكات " كـ " نوادر جحا والجاحظ"، والأغاني الشعبيّة قديمها وحديثها كـ " الأهازيج والمواويل والأزجال والشعر النّبطيّ وأغاني الرّاب"، والأمثال الشعبيّة والألغاز وغيرها.

Popular literature (folklore) is one of the cultural and historical cornerstones of any nation. It conveys the ideas, traditions, fables and beliefs of a nation, from one generation to another. As such, it conserves a heritage through which readers can be introduced to the spiritual and social lives of their ancestors. It also informs readers of the historical background of modern-day popular literature, and all the legends/myths that go back to those historical and traditional disciplines. This course focuses on the notions, principles and fundamentals of popular literature, studying, analyzing and critiquing its contents. Texts studies include One Thousand and One Nights, The Expulsion of Banu Hilal, and The Anecdotes of Juha and al-Jahith. Additionally, students analyse popular songs, popular proverbs, riddles and the like.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of one of the following courses: Accelerated literature and Cultural Studies, Literature and Cultural Studies, Literary Appreciation, Islamic Civilization or any of the portfolio courses  

ARA 603: Seminar: Women in Arabic Literature

حلقة دراسيّة: المرأة في الأدب العربيّ (عربيّ 603)

شغلت المرأة مكانة كبيرة في الأدب العربيّ على مرّ العصور، واختلفت النّظرة إليها بين الإعلاء من شأنها وإبراز دورها الحضاريّ والثقافيّ، وبين الغضّ منها والطّعن في دورها في بعض الفترات المظلمة، فلاقت المرأة الكثير من المعاناة والتّهميش، فجاءت النّصوص الأدبيّة – شعراً ونثراً – مرتبطة بطرح قضايا المرأة، من خلال إبراز صورتها ودورها، والدفاع عن حقوقها، وقد تعدّدت ألوان الأدب الذي تناول المرأة فمنه ما يقوله الرجل مدافعاً أو مهاجماً لها، ومنه ما تنتجه هي ذاتها في سبيل إبراز قضاياها. لذا تهدف هذه المادّة إلى دراسة صورة المرأة في الأدبّ العربيّ بأبعادها المختلفة، وقضاياها المتعدّدة، مع التركيز على دور الأديبات العربيّات في إبراز هذه القضايا والدفاع عنها، وتحليل مضامين هذه الأعمال الأدبيّة ونقدها، في سبيل تشكيل صورة واضحة حول هذه القضايا، تمكّن الطلبة من التّعبير شفويّاً وكتابياً عن آرائهم ووجهات نظرهم فيها. 

Throughout the ages, women have played a significant role in Arabic literature. Their portrayal varied, from highlighting the importance of their role in the community to disregarding or slandering. Written works regarding women have varied in nature; while some were written by men in the defence of women or as an attack on them, others were composed by women themselves, highlighting the injustices they have faced. This course explores the portrayal of women in Arabic literature. Students analyse several texts and express their ideas, both verbally and in writing, about the role of women in literature.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of one of the following courses: Accelerated literature and Cultural Studies, Literature and Cultural Studies, Literary Appreciation, Islamic Civilization or any of the portfolio courses

ARA 611: Portfolio: Creative Writing

كتابات أدبيّة: الكتابة الإبداعيّة (عربيّ 611)

لم يستطع الإنسان أن يكبت أفكاره ومشاعره أو التوقّف عن التعبير عنها، فاستخدم النقش على الحجارة برموز ورسومات للتعبير عمّا يريده، ثم تطوّرت الكتابة على ورق البردى او الجلد، إلى أن ظهرت الكتابة على الورق، وجاءت الكتابة الفنيّة الإبداعيّة تعبّرعن المشاعر والأحاسيس والانفعالات الشخصيّة والتجارب الإنسانيّة بألفاظ وعبارات منسّقة تسمح للقارئ التّفاعل مع الكاتب، وهي أسلوب ابتكاريّ وتأليف يختلف من شخص لآخر حسب ظروفه ومهاراته وخبراته وقدراته اللغويّة، التي  تتطوّر بالاطّلاع والتدريب. ومن هنا تأتي هذه المادّة لغرس ثقافة الكتابة عند الطلبة المشاركين، وتطوير قدراتهم في مجالات الكتابة الإبداعيّة المختلفة: الخاطرة والتأملات، والمقالة الأدبيّة، والقصة القصيرة ،والسيرة الذاتيّة، والشعر والأغانيّ الشعريّة، والراب... من خلال القراءة المستمرّة ودراسة نماذج تطبيقيّة متعدّدة، وتحليلها وإظهار المكونات الجماليّة فيها، بهدف اختيار نمط معيّن يستطيع الطلبة محاكاته، من خلال المرور بمراحل الكتابة الحقيقيّة بوضع المخطّطات، وكتابة المسّودات، وإجراء المؤتمرات مع الزملاء والزميلات للاستفادة من التغذية الراجعة، وصولاً إلى النّسخة الكتابيّة الأخيرة ومن ثمّ الاحتفال بالنشر، في ملف خاصّ بالطالب/ ـة يجمع هذه الكتابات الإبداعيّة.

This course aims to instill within the students the culture of writing, as well as to develop their skills in the numerous areas of creative writing. Students examine different examples, analyse and highlight the elements of beauty in them, and select a specific style to mimic and write their own pieces. They write drafts that they revise with peers to arrive at the final draft that they publish in their own portfolio.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of one of the following courses: Accelerated literature and Cultural Studies, Literature and Cultural Studies, Literary Appreciation, Islamic Civilization or any of the seminar courses.

ARA 612: Portfolio: The Art of Poetry

كتابات أدبيّة: فن الشّعر (عربيّ 612)

"الشعر ديوان العرب" مقولة تناقلتها الأحقاب قرنا بعد قرن، وجيلاً بعد جيل، فقد كان الشّعر سجلّا لتاريخ العرب بمفهومه الشامل أفرادًا وجماعات، وظلّ الشّعر مع مرور الأيّام صناعة لغويّة للتعبير عن الذات... عن الإنسان... والأحلام التائهة...وقد مرّ الشعر العربيّ بمحاولات وتجارت عديدة أثمرت عدّة ظواهر تجديديّة كان لها الدّور الفعّال في ظهور أنماط شعريّة جديدة بعيدة على نمط القصيدة العموديّة. لذا تهدف هذه المادّة إلى تناول الشعر العربيّ عبر أزمنة مختلفة: قديمة وحديثة، وفي بيئات مختلفة، وعقد مقارنات بينها ،مع دراسة مظاهر التجديد مثل الموشحات الأندلسيّة، والشعر المرسل وقصيدة النثر والشعر الحرّ، من خلال نماذج تطبيقيّة متعدّدة، وتحليلها وإظهار المكونات الجماليّة فيها، وسيتم اختيار نمط معيّن يستطيع الطلبة محاكاته، من خلال المرور بمراحل الكتابة الحقيقيّة بوضع المخطّطات، وكتابة المسّودات وإجراء المؤتمرات مع الزملاء والزميلات للاستفادة من التغذية الراجعة، وصولاً إلى النّسخة الكتابيّة الأخيرة ومن ثمّ الاحتفال بالنشر، في ملف خاصّ بالطالب/ ـة يجمع هذه الكتابات الإبداعيّة، وسيدعم هذه الكتابات الإبداعيّة التعريف بالبحور العروضيّة الثمانية المشهورة في سبيل المحافظة على الإيقاع الموسيقيّ في هذه الكتابات.   

“Poetry is the register of Arabs” is a statement that people have made, century after century, and one generation after the other. Arabic poetry has gone through many trials that have resulted the renewal of its role. This renewal has led to the emergence of new poetic patterns different from the traditional ‘vertical’ poem. As such, this course explores Arabic poetry through the times: modern and ancient, and in several different environments. Students also compare old and modern poems by studying the Andalusian poems, as well as prose and ‘free-style poetry’. This is done by examining and analyzing different samples, after which students select a specific style to mimic and write their own pieces. They write drafts that they revise with peers to arrive at the final draft that they publish in their own portfolio. Students learning the eight Arabic poetry patterns so that they are able to maintain the musical rhythms in their writings.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of one of the following courses: Accelerated literature and Cultural Studies, Literature and Cultural Studies, Literary Appreciation, Islamic Civilization or any of the seminar courses.

ARA 702: Contemporary Studies of Literature and Culture (Arabic Capstone)

الدراسات المعاصرة للأدب والثقافة (عربيّ كابستون 702)

 تُعدّ هذه المادّة متعدّدة التخصصات، إذ تركّز على تحديد القضايا السياقيّة المتعلقة بالأردن والعالم. وتتيح المادّة للطلبة مقارنة وجهات نظر متعددة حول مجموعة متنوعة من القضايا الوطنيّة والدوليّة وتقييمها مثل: الهُويةّ العربيّة والإسلاميّة، والقوميّة مقابل القبليّة، وأزمة اللاجئين، ونظام التعليم الأردنيّ، وحقوق المرأة، وتصوير العرب في الإعلام / الصور النمطيّة، والصراع الفلسطينيّ الإسرائيليّ. بالإضافة إلى ذلك تبحث المادّة الموضوعات من خلال عدسة متعددة التخصصات حيث يطبق الطلبة إطار AP Capstone QUEST.

This interdisciplinary course focuses on identifying and contextualizing issues related to Jordan and the world. It allows students to compare and evaluate multiple perspectives on a variety of national and international issues such as Arab and Muslim identity, nationalism vs. tribalism, the refugee crisis, the Jordanian education system, women’s rights, the portrayal of Arabs in the media/stereotypes and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Furthermore, the course examines topics through an interdisciplinary lens where students apply the AP Capstone QUEST framework.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of one of the following courses: Accelerated literature and Cultural Studies, Literature and Cultural Studies, Literary Appreciation, Islamic Civilization or any of the portfolio or seminar courses.

ARA 703: Advanced Seminar: Lost in Translation

ما بين اللّغات: الثقافة والأدب (عربي 703)

هدف هذه المادّة إلى خلق بيئة تعلّم ثنائيّة اللغة، من خلال ممارسة أكاديميّة ذات بعد فكريّ باللّغتين الإنجليزيّة والعربيّة وبالمستوى ذاته من العمق؛ لتطوير المعرفة العلميّة، والطلاقة التحليليّة للثقافتين معاً، وسيقوم الطلبة بدراسة الأعمال الأدبيّة وتحليلها بشكل موضوعيّ  ضمن المحاور و النّصوص المقترحة إذ تتضمن موضوعات مثل : الحبّ ، و المجتمع ، وأدوار الجنسين، والإيقاع الزمنيّ على التجربة الإنسانيّة، وتطوّر المعرفة  ... كما تهدف المادّة إلى تحديد السياقات الثقافيّة والسياسيّة والتاريخيّة للأعمال الأدبيّة التي تتمّ قراءتها أو مشاهدتها، ممّا يجعل هذه الأعمال أكثر إثارة لاهتمام الطلبة، سيما وأنّها تعتمد على المقارنة دون مفاضلة، وصولا إلى القواسم المشتركة للتجربّة الإنسانيّة العالميّة . وستتضمن خطة العمل نشاطات لتطوير مهارات الطّلبة في القراءة والتحليل النقديّ والكتابة العلميّة الجاهزة للنشر، من خلال استراتيجيات تدريس متنوّعة، مع التركيز على ارتباط المنهج - في محتواه و تطبيقاته – مع المبادئ التوجيهيّة للأكاديميّة، وأهمها مبدأ المواطنة العالميّة، في سبيل تخريج طلبة بهويّة أدبيّة عالميّة.

This course provides a bilingual learning environment where the Arabic and English languages are given equal status and instructional attention. It is designed to simultaneously develop fluency and content knowledge in both languages. Texts are read and discussed in both idioms, and the approach is thematic and comparative: students examine how certain issues — love, coming-of-age, family, gender roles, women’s issues, food, culture, and traditions — are treated by Arabs and westerners. This course also help students take into consideration the cultural, political and historical contexts of the texts read or watched. Class assignments and activities are designed to develop students’ skills in reading, critical analysis, academic writing, collaborative work and oral presentations. In addition, the course deepens students’ understanding of global citizenship, one of King’s Academy’s guiding principles. Students also present a capstone project to demonstrate their understanding and application of course goals. Team taught by an Arabic and English instructor, this dual-credit course counts toward graduation requirements in both Arabic and English.

Prerequisites: An excellent mark in Literary Appreciation, or Literary Analysis or Accelerated Literature and Cultural Studies, and department consent.

CRLA-English

ENG 101: Reading and Writing Workshop 7

Seventh graders form an authentic community of readers and writers with a goal of transforming middle schoolers into self-identified authors and book lovers. The emphases in this course are agency, choice, fluency and volume. Students are challenged to read more than 25 books of their own choosing in the year at a minimum and to write more than they have ever produced before using an in-class system of checklists, notebooks and portfolios. In addition, they study titles as a whole class. The reading and writing workshop approach lends students ample choice and real reasons to explore subjects that matter to them as individuals. They learn to read like writers and to make purposeful, reflective decisions across a complete writing process that includes playing the role of professional editors. Students receive regular, one-on-one feedback from the teacher through conferences and comments.

ENG 201: Reading and Writing Workshop 8

Eighth graders build on the previous year’s volume of reading and writing, adding greater confidence, skill development, and sentence mastery. The emphases remain agency, choice, fluency and volume, but students are encouraged to attempt literary classics and to develop a personal writing style, so they leave more than prepared to handle the reading and writing load when they enter the Upper School. In addition to reading more than 25 books in the year independently, students begin to analyze and read complex texts as a whole class. Harkness discussions and book clubs develop student habits and a community of literary scholars. The reading and writing workshop approach continues to provide ample individual choice at the same time there is a greater emphasis on expository writing, leading to a multi-page personal essay in the winter term. Students continue to receive regular, one-on-one feedback from the teacher through conferences and comments.

ENG 301: Language and Composition 1

The goal of this course is to help students improve their reading and writing skills. By the end of this course, students read with confidence. But reading is not only about looking at words and pronouncing them. It is also about analyzing and understanding hidden meanings in texts. Students therefore also learn to make inferences about the texts they read. By becoming better readers, students also learn new vocabulary and structures they can use in their writing. Since writing is a form of expression that students will need for the rest of their lives, this course is useful not only for supporting their English class but also for any course requiring academic proficiency in English.

ENG 302: Language and Composition 2

The goal of this course is to help English language learners to write coherent and logical academic English. They improve with feedback across a full writing process, as well as exercises in reading comprehension. The classroom is a collaborative space, using class activities and assignments to become better readers and writers together. Significant class time is dedicated to expanding academic vocabulary and reviewing the basic rules of grammar. All these outcomes prepare a foundation for successful continuation of studies in the Upper School at King’s.

ENG 303: Introduction to Literary Genres

Ninth graders at King's Academy step into the Upper School and join an inquisitive, dynamic and formative literary community. As readers, they analyze texts in a variety of genres — poems, stories, novels, screenplays and essays — to inform their own projects as writers, developing greater confidence, expression and stamina. Through a workshop model, students engage in an authentic writing process in which they work intimately with their own ideas to refine and develop their craft. The reading curriculum provides students with both choice and rigor, utilizing a combination of whole-class and independent texts. The goal is for students become avid readers for life. In addition, students review the fundamentals of English grammar and syntax and expand their vocabularies to enhance their reading and sense of diction, building a toolbox for reading and writing mastery.

ENG 350: Introduction to Literary Genres (Accelerated)

Accelerated English courses in grades 9 and 10 are designed for students who have demonstrated the motivation, self-discipline, ability and academic readiness to read and explore more difficult texts in greater depth and complexity, as well as to meet more challenging expectations in their written work.

ENG 401: Language and Composition 3

The goal of this course is to improve students’ reading comprehension and academic writing. Specifically, the course helps students effectively organize their thoughts and ideas, analyze different types of texts, and respond to key ideas. Students read and discuss academic texts, further building their analytical reading skills. They also build accuracy in their writing by noticing and editing common grammatical and mechanical errors.

ENG 403: Arabic Literature in a Global Context

This 10th grade course familiarizes students with trends and developments in Arabic literature over the late 19th, 20th and early 21st centuries. Students practice close reading with Arabic literature in translation and with texts by Arab writers written in English. To facilitate discussions in a global context, the study of Arab writers is supported by translations and texts from other cultures. One major focus of the course is for students to develop the ability to criticize texts and to structure their arguments in analytic essays, which helps them understand and interact with political, social and economic issues in the Arab world. Texts may include, but are not limited to Ghassan Kanafani’s Men in the Sun and Returning to Haifa, Nawal Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero, and Hisham Matar’s In the Country of Men. In addition, students study poetry by writers such as Mahmoud Darwish, Ahmed Shauqi, and Nizar Qabbani. Dramatic literature from the region may include Shahid Nadeem’s Dara and Sa’adallah Wannous’s The King’s Elephant.

ENG 450: Arabic Literature in a Global Context (Accelerated)

Accelerated English courses in grades 9 and 10 are designed for students who have demonstrated sufficient motivation, self-discipline, ability and academic readiness to read and explore more difficult texts in greater depth and complexity, and to meet more challenging expectations in their written work.

ENG 501: Elements of Argument and Style

This course prepares students for the rigorous academic writing expected in upper-level portfolio and seminar classes, as well as in colleges and universities. The focus is on helping students develop persuasive, audience-focused, expository writing that reflects the beginnings of individual voice and style. Daily lessons and engaging practices facilitate mastery of correct conventions, fluent sentence mechanics, effective rhetorical techniques, and compelling usage of English diction and idiom.

ENG 602: Seminar: Gender in Literature and Film

“Is it a boy or a girl?” Even from before birth, our gender tells us who we are. It shapes our environment, our relationships, our activities, our career — almost every aspect of our life is limited based on this one classification. But what does it mean to be a man or a woman, and why? To what degree should our bodies control us? And how do culture, family, religion, and other social factors change the meaning of gender? In this course, students explore and develop arguments verbally and in writing as they examine gender in literature, film and culture, asking difficult questions that reach the core of this thorny issue. Why is there a sexual double standard, and how do we escape it? Is feminism a Western colonial ideology, or is there a place for women’s equality in the modern Middle East? How are dating and marriage different in different cultures and for different people — and is one form better? Why are LBGTQ+ people still feared and hated in so many parts of the world? Is gender a binary or a spectrum, and where do gender non-conformists fit in? This course requires maturity, cultural and personal sensitivity, and the ability to hear and consider competing perspectives in an environment of curiosity, empathy, mutual respect and self-reflection.

ENG 603: Seminar: Historical Fiction

In this course, students explore the relationship between the complementary and intersecting disciplines of literature and history. By reading historical fiction alongside historical documents, students explore the historical framework that inspires and inhabits many great works of literature. Students also analyze the constructed and literary nature of historical narrative itself. Furthermore, students investigate the dangers and the value of historical fiction: its ability to distort the historical record as well as its ability to transcend it by capturing the essence of human involvement in history in ways that nonfiction accounts cannot. Participants also explore the way that reading historical fiction functions as a projection of contemporary concerns, helping us to learn about ourselves, our time, and even our future.

ENG 604: Seminar: Plays on the Page and Stage

This course invites critical readers, thoughtful writers, and experienced actors to hone their capacity for literary analysis, boost their acting skills, and develop a director’s vision. In the first semester students read great plays from world theater reflecting literary, historical and psychological themes. They alternate Harkness-style discussion with actors’ studio-style scene study. Having established a common language to coach the most honest acting out of one another, acting partners critique scenes from plays. Students use mini-research topics for short, colorful presentations that explore the concrete world of each play, and they carry out several integrated writing projects combining acting techniques and script analysis. Toward the end of the second semester, students pick one of the works previously read for performance in late April. Students drive all components of this spring production, allowing them to develop some basic skills in at least one aspect of technical theater, and to demonstrate their accumulated learning throughout the year. In the final weeks of class, as they turn to life after King’s, the actors prepare a classical and contemporary audition monologue. Students must elect whether this cross-listed course will count for either an Art or an English credit.

ENG 605: Seminar: The Art and Literature of Immigration and Occupation

As global citizens we are regularly confronted with the harsh reality of occupation as well as with the challenges of voluntary and involuntary immigration. In this course, students explore the ways art and literature have responded to these realities in order to better understand the deep and meaningful relationship between people and place. For example, they might study how writers and artists have offered subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle critiques of the forced migration of Syrian refugees, or how they reluctantly embrace immigration to the West. They may survey how people in occupied territories throughout history have used language and art to challenge colonial authority. As an introduction to postcolonial studies, the course acquaints students with the powerful creative responses to colonialism and its aftermath and also provides students with an analytical framework for contemporary literature and art.

ENG 606: Seminar: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Dystopia

Speculative fiction — a term that usually includes science fiction, fantasy, utopian and dystopian writing, horror, and stories of the supernatural — has for centuries allowed writers and readers to escape reality. But speculative fiction simultaneously gives us the tools to imagine a different — and perhaps better — future, both for ourselves and for those who will come after us. Students in this course read and write different kinds of speculative fiction and consider what these fantastical stories can teach us about the realities of human nature and about our evolution as individuals and as a species. Students also consider the wide range of ethical and philosophical problems posed by this body of literature, including questions about the nature of truth and knowledge, power, science, colonialism and capitalism, free will, cultural differences, and human identity. As in all English seminar courses, students are expected to read attentively, to ask questions meaningful to them, and to intensively pursue these lines of inquiry in daily conversation and in well-crafted essays.

Note: Not offered in 2019-2020

ENG 611: Portfolio: The Art of Nonfiction

Can non-fiction be art? This portfolio course for juniors and seniors is designed to develop the habits, skills, understandings, and yes, the art of nonfiction writers.  Numerous subgenres of nonfiction are studied and developed in writing projects, potentially to include reviews, guides, studies of people and places, newspaper- and magazine-style reportage, reports, memoirs, manifestos, as well as conceptual and personal essays. The work of master practitioners of nonfiction is read, analyzed and used as examples. Process is a major emphasis: idea generation, research, interviewing, drafting, revising and editing, critical and creative thinking. Students have the opportunity to submit work to authentic outlets for publication. In addition, students develop a considerable portfolio of work throughout the year that prepares them for the writing demands they will encounter at the university and professional levels.

ENG 612: Portfolio: The Art of Poetry

This course introduces students to the close reading, study and appreciation of poetry through the ages, connecting it to its ancient origins and contemporary expressions in spoken word and song. The course studies the poet as aesthetic rebel and political revolutionary (in Romanticism, Modernism, and the school of “free” verse initiated by Walt Whitman), the poet as playwright (exploring poetry’s relationship to politics and leadership), and the poet as singer-songwriter. Units of inquiry examine poetry’s relationship to other art forms (painting and prose fiction), social-science disciplines (psychology) and modern movements (environmentalism). Students are required to complete weekly reading journals, write their own poems in imitation of ancient and modern masters, and memorize a small play list of favorite poems.

ENG 613: Portfolio: Creative Writing

Creative Writing dips into four different genres: journaling/personal narrative, short fiction, poetry/songwriting/rap, and drama/screenplays. This variety, while by no means comprehensive, is meant to inspire, giving students a short taste of a wide range of creative expression and writing styles. The course focuses primarily on writing and the writing process though there are weekly model texts drawn from regional and world authors that the students explore, challenge and imitate. The class writes daily, shares weekly, workshops regularly, and works purposefully to create submission-quality pieces through intensive revision. At the culmination of each unit, students create a genre portfolio, featuring 15-20 pages of polished work and a reflection on their progress and process. This course strives to instill a culture of writing; writing is not an obligation or chore, but rather a necessary, engaging, dynamic, and deeply personal form of expression. While this course offers a lot of freedom, it also requires responsibility and self-discipline. Creative Writing seeks to push students beyond their academic comfort zone while simultaneously fostering a sense of self-confidence in their written voice.

ENG 701: Advanced Portfolio: The Art of Argumentation (AP Language and Composition)

We live in the age of argument — the angry, illogical, forceful negation of language and meaning — but this course teaches and celebrates the art of argumentation, the skillful exercise of rhetoric as an avenue to inquiry. With that goal in mind, students develop the reading, writing and thinking skills necessary to meet the challenge of the Advanced Placement examination in Language and Composition, which asks students to demonstrate a deep understanding of the principles and elements of rhetoric and language in order to pursue meaning. Students enrolled in this course are challenged to read sophisticated nonfiction from many disciplines and to write in many modes for a variety of audiences and purposes. In their quest for excellence, students should expect to build towards a mastery of grammar and mechanics, both as a discrete skill set and as part of the organic whole of any composed text. As noted above, students must sit for the AP Language and Composition exam in May.

Prerequisites: Requires approval of the department head

ENG 702: Advanced Seminar: Provocative Voices in Literature (AP Literature and Composition)

The course title — Provocative Voices in Literature — has not been chosen lightly; students should expect to be startled, amused, comforted and afflicted as the texts they encounter will challenge some certainties they have about themselves or their world, even as the authors celebrate the dignity of all humans. In this college-level course, students read literature from several genres and from different periods, ranging from classic and contemporary American and British texts to translations from a variety of cultures. They respond to the literature in discussion and in writing. Authentic engagement demands close reading, that is, the slow, careful examination of the literal, metaphoric and symbolic meanings of each text as it pertains to the culture from which it originates and to the immediate, contemporary culture of the student. Students write both analytical essays and creative pieces, but always with the intention of deepening their comprehension of the craft and the magic of literature. The expectations for writing efforts are high: accomplished students compose sophisticated, well-organized arguments while demonstrating a command of diction and a recognition of what it means to write with style. Finally, students must sit for the AP Literature and Composition exam in May.

Prerequisites: Requires approval of the department head

ENG 703: Advanced Seminar: Lost in Translation

This course provides a bilingual learning environment where the Arabic and English languages are given equal status and instructional attention. It is designed to simultaneously develop fluency and content knowledge in both languages. In the course, texts are read and discussed in both idioms, and the approach is thematic and comparative: students examine how certain issues — love, coming-of-age, family, gender roles, women’s issues, food, culture and traditions — are treated by Arabs and Westerners. This course also helps students take into consideration the cultural, political and historical contexts of the texts read or watched. Class assignments and activities are designed to develop students’ skills in reading, critical analysis, academic writing, collaborative work and oral presentations. In addition, the course deepens their understanding of global citizenship, one of King’s Academy’s guiding principles. Students also present a capstone project to demonstrate their understanding and application of the course goals.

Prerequisites: An excellent mark in Accelerated Literature & Cultural studies (ARA450) in addition to head of department consent. (This course was previously listed as Arabic Language and Literature 2).

ENG 801: Advanced Inquiry: Film Studies

Film, arguably the most powerful mass medium in history, shapes identity, culture, ideology and desire. In this course, students harness its great power by studying the formal elements of film, including narrative, cinematography, editing, mise-en-scène, acting and sound. Using these fundamental building blocks, students write and present insightful and well-supported arguments that articulate how filmic form contributes to function and meaning in classical and contemporary films from around the world. Subsequent units in the course might include a survey of film genre, a study of a single auteur director, an introduction to film theory, a survey of film history, or a closer look at the filmic traditions of a particular region of the world. Students also apply their study of film to filmmaking, as they work in groups to write, produce and edit their own short film, which they will present in a public forum. This is an advanced course that requires a significant time commitment, as students watch a variety of films, write and revise critical essays, and produce their own film. Students taking this course should also be prepared to confront and discuss films that present controversial perspectives and mature subject matter. Students may use this course to replace either a seminar or a portfolio course.

Prerequisites: AP Language and Composition, AP Capstone Seminar, or permission of the instructor