• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Arabic
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • France Meyer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The Arabic Language major sequence enables students to acquire valuable skills pertaining to the use of Arabic in a communicative way as well as understanding of the Arabic culture. It trains students to achieve communicative competence in the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It also prepares students to function at different levels within the Arabic speaking societies and interacts with people.

In the first year students undertaking Introductory Arabic A and Introductory Arabic B develop abilities to understand and produce basic competence in both written and oral grammatical patterns both orally and in writing using Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), ability to interact in limited aspects of everyday life situations. Emphasis at this stage is on mastering the Arabic sound system and pronunciation.

This course extends from Introductory Arabic A. Students will develop their skills in writing and conversation and undertake translation from and into Arabic at higher introductory level.

Learning Outcomes

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

At the conclusion of the course, students will have achieved language competency in the following skills:

Reading Proficiency:

(1) Demonstrate ability to read simple written material in a usual printing form or typescript

(2) Demonstrate ability to read simple language and passages containing frequent structural forms, patterns and vocabulary

(3) Demonstrate ability to read and understand known language elements that have been recombined in new ways to achieve different meanings at a similar level

Speaking Proficiency:

(1) Articulate more developed courtesy requirements and maintain simple face-to-face conversations on familiar topics

(2) Formulate and respond to questions of basic communications and social demands

Writing Proficiency:

(1) Demonstrate sufficient control of the writing system to meet social demands

(2) Create sentences and short paragraphs related to social and cultural activities

(3) Express main tenses with fair accuracy.  

(4) Demonstrate good control of higher elementary vocabulary and syntactic patterns

(5) Write simple descriptive passages on matters of place, location, culture and history with fair accuracy

Listening Proficiency:

(1) Demonstrate sufficient comprehension to understand utterances about basic

familiar topics.

(2) Understand simple to medium questions and answers and non-complicated statements and simple face-to-face conversations in a standard dialect.

(3) Comprehend and engage in conversation about simple personal and social matters

Indicative Assessment

Homework (5%), language lab (10%), quizzes (5%), attendance (5%) and class participation (5%), report and presentation (10%), mid-semester exam (written 20%), final exam (oral 10% and written 30%)


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Four class hours and one hour of autonomous work in the language laboratory a week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ARAB1002. 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 ARAB6103.

Prescribed Texts

Alosh, M., Ahlan wa Sahlan, Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners, New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2000.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
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 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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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
6394 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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