Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) will be offering an online version of its course on Arabic for Media. Mounir Ouanaimi, an adjunct lecturer at NU-Q, has received a grant from the university’s home campus to adapt the popular course to an online version, which will be targeted to Arabic-speaking media professionals and students.
The online version – Arabic for Media, Linguistic Choices by Media Professionals – received funding from Northwestern’s Office of the Provost and Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup. The goal is to support projects that encourage student learning through the innovative use of technology.
“The Arabic for Media course that is now offered at NU-Q is designed to examine the linguistic implications of language used in Arabic media. In educating future journalists and media leaders in the Arab region, Northwestern recognizes that this includes reaching out to Arabic media professionals as well.
The university has developed this course to provide students with a deeper understanding of the linguistic properties of media output and will guide the students in the process of using this understanding in the real world. Touching on subjects such as sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis, and Translation, the course will add to the students’ expertise in the real-world as they craft and produce meaningful stories.
The course, while expected to help students improve their Arabic language proficiency, requires an Intermediate High proficiency level of Standard Arabic (ACTFL) or Arabic B1 (CEFR).
This course will benefit anyone who is interested in language and media. It will be the only Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Arabic in Education City and will offer faculty and the university an opportunity to experiment with modern learning technologies.
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