• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • 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 First Semester 2015
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In the first year students undertaking Introductory Arabic "A" and Introductory Arabic "B" develop basic competences in both written and oral grammatical patterns, both orally and in writing, using Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), and learn to interact in limited aspects of everyday life situations. Emphasis at this stage is on mastering the Arabic sound system and pronunciation.

This course assumes no previous knowledge of the language. It covers the Arabic script, sound system and basic grammar rules. The teaching uses a new method of audio-visual and audio-lingual approach and is designed to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing by the use of dialogues,class interaction and oral and written drills. Language laboratory work may be incorporated into the course. On completion of the course, students will have acquired the ability to speak at a basic level in Modern Standard Arabic, the ability to read and understand a range of simple Arabic texts within a vocabulary range of 300-400 most commonly used words, basic grammatical structures of the Arabic language and familiarity with some Arabic cultural practices and traditions.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.  Recognise all of the characters of the Modern Standard Arabic alphabet;

2.  Read simple texts with high frequency structural patterns and vocabulary related to basic topics without vocalisation;

3. Use Modern Standard Arabic alphabet (hand-written and typed) to write short and simple sentences and paragraphs with correct present and future tense and limited past tense about basic topics. Produce written texts independently;

4. Use a dictionary or online resources to assist own oral, aural, reading and written communication strategies;
5. Communicate in conversations including greetings, courtesy requirements, personal and accommodation needs and provide simple biographical information; and
6. Listen and respond to simple questions about basic topics. Demonstrate accuracy in pronunciation and vocalisation.

Indicative Assessment

On-campus mode of delivery:

• Six Reading, Writing and Listening Tasks (total of 10%) [LO 1, 2, 3,5 & 6]
• Conversation (ongoing participation in weekly Conversation hour) (10%) [LOs 4, 5, & 6]
• Two one-hour Quizzes (7.5% each, total 15%) [LOs 1, 2, 3 & 4]
• Mid-semester written Exam (1 hour) (20%) [LOs 1, 2 & 3]
• Final Exam (oral:5-10 min -10%) (written: 2 hours - 35%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6]

Off-campus mode of delivery:

• Three Reading, Writing and Listening Tasks (to be submitted via Wattle) (5% each, total 15%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 6]
• Conversation (ongoing participation in the 2nd hour of Adobe connect weekly sessions on Wattle)
First hour : review the Arabic sounds, vocabulary and grammar rules acquired during the week, in the corresponding lesson.
Second hour : engage in a simple conversation with the tutor or other students. (15%) [LOs 4, 5, 6]
•  Two  invigilated Quizzes (1/2 hour and one hour)  (7.5% each, total 15%) [LOs 1,2,3,4]
•  Oral recording (2-3 minutes) (introducing oneself, reading a text, taking leave)  (15%) [LOs 1,2,4,5]
•   Oral exam (5-10 min) - individual test conducted by the lecturer on Adobe Connect :  reading, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension test  (10%) [LOs 1, 2, 5, 6]
•  Final written exam (2 hours, to be completed on Wattle) (30%) [LOs 1, 2, 3]

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On-campus Mode of Delivery:
This course comprises five hours of lectures and one hour of conversation class per week for a thirteen week semester (a total of 6 hours per week).

Students are expected to spend an average of four hours per week on preparation, study, and assignments, and to work individually on their pronunciation skills using the audio and video resources provided with the workbook and textbook.

Online Mode of Delivery:
This course comprises one hour online Lecture per week for 13 weeks, which will address the week's lesson, answer questions and review the main grammar points, as well as one hour of  online Conversation per week for 13 weeks - students will consolidate oral skills acquired during the week and will engage in a simple conversation with the tutor and the other students.

In addition students are expected to spend up to eight hours  per week  on preparation, study, and assignments, and to work individually on their pronunciation skills using the materials provided.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARAB1002.

You will need to contact the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Alosh, M,. Ahlan wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners - Letters and Sounds of the Arabic Language (Workbook), Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2010.

Alosh, M., Ahlan wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners (Textbook), Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2010.



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2015 $2604
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2015 $4146
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
1271 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A
Off Campus
3375 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 Online N/A

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