CUYAMACA COLLEGE COURSE SYLLABUS
ARM 120 - ARAMAIC II
CLASS: MODERN ARAMAIC 121
ROOM NUMBER: P116 / TIME: 9:30 a.m. -11:45 a.m. (T, TH)
INSTRUCTOR: Fr. MICHAEL J. BAZZI
OFFICE HOURS: 12:00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. Weekdays
PHONE: (619) 588-9921, (619) 579-7913, FAX: (619)588-8281
TEXTBOOK: BEGINNER'S HANDBOOK OF THE ARAMAIC ALPHABET BY FR. MICHAEL J. BAZZI 1995
COURSE PREREQUISITES: NONE
1- COURSE DESCRIPTION AND GOAL
This course will initiate the knowledge of modern / spoken Aramaic (Sourath) language and its basic grammar. Students will study the Aramaic alphabet, sounds, nouns, verbs, numbers, vowels and conversation.
2- REASONS FOR STUDYING MODERN ARAMAIC I
a- To give insight about the life, customs, and religious rites of the Christian Chaldean Catholic people who originated from the region of Nineveh. This region is located on the banks of the Tigris river, in ancient Mesopotamia which is now part of Iraq, the area historically known as the cradle of civilization.
b- To be used as a tool to study the classical Aramaic literature.
c- To become proficient in teaching and using the Aramaic language.
d- To enable theologians and scholars to read and understand the spiritual, liturgical, and historical writings of the Classical Aramaic writers.
e- Philologists are greatly interested in the Classical form of the Aramaic language, which is used today, in liturgy by more than one million people: Chaldeans, Assyrians, and Syrians throughout the world.
f- This course is important to Grossmont-Cuyamaca community college because of the presence of many Chaldean-American born students who are in contact with their Chaldean friends in school, social life, and business. Today there are more than 15,000 Chaldean people living in San Diego County, they own more than 950 businesses.
g-This course will help students to gain knowledge of the Chaldean nation, who are descendants of an ancient people that lived in Mesopotamia on the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, a thousand years before Christ. That area is now part of modern day Iraq.
3- METHOD OF INSTRUCTION
b- Questions and Answers
c- Individual presentation
d- Group discussion
Homework's and quizzes will be given throughout the semester along with three tests and a final exam from the textbook.
Test #1: Will be given the last week of the first month of the course.
Test #2: The midterm, will be given the last week of the second month of the course.
Test #3: Will be given the last week of the third month of the course.
The Final Test : Will be given the last Tuesday of the course, and will deal with all of the material in the textbook (from 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)
5-THE FINAL GRADES
Will be determined by the sum of the three tests, homework, daily quizzes, and the final exam.
Test #1 = 10%
Test #2 (Midterm) = 15%
Test #3 = 10%
Final Test = 20%
Daily quizzes = 20%
Homework = 20%
Class participation = 5%
Total = 100%
6- GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS
A: 100% - 90%
B: 89% - 80%
C: 79% - 70%
D: 69% - 60%
F: 59% and below
There will be a penalty of 2 percentage points for every unexcused absence from class and a penalty of 1 percentage point for those who arrive to class 5 minutes late without an excuse. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY!