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Arabic to English: An Introductory Course


Online
Instructor: Franchesca Jones
Meeting Location and Time: Online
Communication: franchesca.jones@usm.edu
Course Prerequisites: This is an introductory course, thus there is no English prerequisite. Students will need to be able to navigate through a website and interact with
features.
Format and Timeframe of Course: Because this is an online course, and all of the
materials are available, students have two options. They may follow the provided
schedule and complete the course in 7 weeks. Students may also complete the course at
their own pace, before or after the 7 week recommendation.
Course Description/Overview: Arabic to English a course for entry level learners is
designed to help students with little to no English language skills transition into an
English program. Completing this course will familiarize students with:
a) The English alphabet
b) Rules of Capitalization
c) Punctuation
d) Conjunctions
e) Verbs
f) Vocabulary building
g) Sentence Construction
The course provides videos, online activities/games, assignments, and quizzes to
reinforce the goals of the website. Students will take a pretest and a posttest to
demonstrate progress as a result of taking the course from beginning to end.
Optional Text:

Date of syllabus preparation: January 18, 2016

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Harrison, R. (1989). Keep writing 1: A Writing course for Arab students.
Harlow: Longman.

Course Goals/Objectives:
The instructional goals for this course help ensure that students obtain a basic
understanding of:

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Course Requirements/Grading Scale:
Requirement(s)
Instructional Program
proposal
Discussion-Response
Web-based Program
Web-based Project
Report
Practice Test
TOTAL

Points
40
60
100
40
60
300

Specifics
Proposal for the web-based instructional
program
Respond to questions on the textbook
Create a course/tutorial site
Written report that represents the development
of the multimedia web-based program.
Tests on the book chapters

Weighted semester average will be rounded to one decimal place, and be used to
determine the course grade based upon the following scale that has been set for the
Instructional Technology program. This grade distribution has been approved by the
Graduate Council and can be found under the Graduate Bulletin.
A=
A- =
B+ =
B=
B- =
C+ =
C=
C- =
D+ =
D=
F=

93 - 100
90 - 92.9
87 - 89.9
83 - 86.9
80 - 82.9
77 - 79.9
73 - 76.9
70 - 72.9
65 - 69.9
60 - 64.9
0 - 59.9

Date of syllabus preparation: January 18, 2016

** All assignments should be turned in on the date indicated by the instructor. Late work
will be accepted with a penalty of points lost per day.
** The instructor reserves the right to post copies of students' work on the Web or
distribute in class.
Makeup Policy: All homework should be turned in before 11:30 pm on the date
indicated by the instructor. Late work will be accepted with a penalty of points lost for
each day overdue. If there are extenuating circumstances that cause a problem with
submitting homework on Blackboard (e.g. documented illness, academic travel), the
student must contact the instructor at least one day before the due date to receive a date
extension.
Bibliography/additional readings:
Books
Richey, C; Klein, J; & Tracey, M. (2010). The Instructional Design Knowledge
Base: Theory, Research, and Practice. ISBN-10: 0415802016 | ISBN-13: 9780415802017
Cennamo, K., & Kalk. D. (2005). Real world instructional design.

Stamford, CT: Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN: 0534642675


Gagne, R. M., Wager, W. W., Golas, K., & Keller, J. M. (2007). Principles of
instructional design (5th ed. ). Stamford, CT: Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN:
0534582842

Robert Maribe Branch (2009). Instructional Design: The ADDIE Approach,


ISBN-10: 0387095055 | ISBN-13: 978-0387095059.
Journals/Articles
International Journal of Technology and Design Education,
http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/0957-7572
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, http://www-jime.open.ac.uk/
The Use of Traditional Instructional Systems Design Models for eLearning,
http://www.herridgegroup.com/pdfs/The%20use%20of%20Traditional%20ISD
%20for%20eLearning.pdf
Bulletproof Instructional Design: A Model for Blended Learning by Frank J.
Troha
http://www.usdla.org/html/journal/MAY02_Issue/article03.html
Web site resources:

Applying a Basic Instructional Design Model,


http://www.pace.edu/ctlt/newsletter/Volume%202%20Issue%201/articles/idm.htm
Big Dogs ISD Page by Donald Clark,
http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/sat.html
Definitions of Instructional Design, http://www.umich.edu/~ed626/define.html
Instructional Design, http://www.uwex.edu/disted/design.cfm
Instructional Design and Learning Theories,
http://www.usask.ca/education/coursework/802papers/mergel/brenda.htm
Instructional Design Theories Home page,
http://www.indiana.edu/~idtheory/home.html
Learning Theory and Instructional Design,
http://classweb.gmu.edu/ndabbagh/Resources/IDKB/resources_learning_theory.ht
m
Instructional Design Resources,
http://www.coedu.usf.edu/IT/resources/designResources.cfm
Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction: An Introduction,
http://timvandoren.blogspot.com/2009/02/gagne-nine-events-of-instruction.html
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disabilities, or chronic health disorders. Students can contact ODA if they are not certain
whether a medical condition/disability qualifies.
Address
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Individuals with hearing impairments can contact ODA using the Mississippi Relay
Service at 1-800-582-2233 (TTY) or email Suzy Hebert at Suzanne.Hebert@usm.edu.
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Please refer to the Code of Student Conduct in the Student Handbook for greater
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Offenses involving academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, the following:
-cheating on quizzes or examinations
-computer dishonesty
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-grade falsification
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In the event of student dishonesty, the instructor may award failing grades either on the
pertinent assignment or for the course; and, at his/her discretion, report the student to the
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For further information on Academic Honesty, please refer to the current Bulletin or to
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review the information on this site.
Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty as outlined
in the Student Handbook. Academic dishonesty will result in the grade of a 0 on the
assignment or for the entire course, and/or the student may be reported to the Vice
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