• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Arabic
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Huda Al-Tamimi
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course will develop a number of students' skills: idiomatic and conversational forms freely in speech; proficiency in written structures of moderate complexity and the capacity to use such structures clearly and accurately; interpreting messages of a medium level of complexity occurring in a variety of audio-visual media and individual and group spoken forms. It will also cover the role and function of stylistic complexity in Arabic, the development of Arabic literature in the modern period including some examples of writing and translation of texts of moderate difficulty in non-technical language from Arabic to English and vice versa using dictionaries. Emphasis will be on writing in Modern Standard Arabic. The acquisition of practical language skills for spoken communication, non-verbal communication and aural comprehension will also continuo to be focused on. The basic syntactic patterns and vocabulary acquired in the previous course will be consolidated.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of this course students will have achieved language competency in the following skills:

Reading Proficiency:

(1) Demonstrate advanced comprehension to understand most factual material in technical prose as well as more advanced discussions on concrete topics related to personal interests

(2) Demonstrate advanced ability to separate main ideas and details from lesser ones and use that distinction to advance understanding

(3) Demonstrate use of linguistic context and real-world knowledge to make good and sensible guesses about unfamiliar material

(4) Possess an active reading vocabulary demonstrating the ability to identify main ideas and to distinguish these from subsidiary ideas

Speaking Proficiency:

(1) Initiate and maintain predictable face-to-face conversations and satisfy social demands such as travel and accommodation needs

(2) Use accurate advanced grammatical relations

(3) Exhibit more common and advanced forms of verb tenses

(4) Demonstrate advanced pronunciation

Writing Proficiency:

(1) Demonstrate ability to write routine social correspondence, daily situations, and/or current events with some errors

(2) Demonstrate good control of morphology of language and of the most frequently used syntactic structures

(3) Writing is legible to native readers

Listening Proficiency:

(1) Comprehend long conversations about most survival needs and social demands

(2) Demonstrate flexibility in understanding of a range of circumstances beyond immediate survival needs

(3) Understand more advanced common time forms and most question forms, most word order patterns.

Indicative Assessment

Homework (5%), language lab (5%), quizzes (10%), attendance and class participation (5%), report and presentation (15%), mid-semester exam (oral 5% and written 15%), final exam (oral 10% and written 30%).

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Three class hours and one hour of autonomous work in the language laboratory per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ARAB6503. If you feel that you meet the requirements through other means please contact the course convenor for approval to enrol in this course. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARAB2008 or ARAB3002.

Prescribed Texts

Alosh, M., Ahlan wa Sahlan, Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Intermediate Learners, New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2006.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1218
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3402
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6403 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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