• 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 2015
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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 an understanding of the Arabic culture. It trains students to achieve communicative competence in four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It also prepares students to function at different levels within the Arabic speaking societies and to interact with people.
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 is on mastering the Arabic sound system and pronunciation.
This course extends from Introductory Arabic A. Students will develop their skills in reading, writing and conversation and undertake translation from and into Arabic at an advanced introductory level.

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/ Read non-vocalised hand written or printed material  containing frequently used structural forms, patterns and vocabulary;

2/ Read and understand known language elements that have been recombined in new ways to achieve different meanings at similar levels of grammatical complexity;

3/ Demonstrate sufficient control of Modern Standard Arabic vocabulary and syntactic patterns to meet social demands and write passages related to social and cultural activities, while expressing main tenses with accuracy. Produce written texts independently;

4/ Use a dictionary or online resources to assist own oral, aural, reading and written communication strategies and engage in independent reading and writing;

5/ Articulate developed courtesy requirements and maintain face-to-face conversations on familiar topics; and

6/ Respond to and formulate questions in order to engage in a conversation about personal and social matters, or to present a chosen topic to an audience. Demonstrate accuracy in pronunciation and vocalisation.

Indicative Assessment

On-campus mode of delivery:

• Seven Reading, Writing and Listening Tasks (total of 5%) [LOs, 1,2,3,4,5,6]
• Conversation (ongoing participation in weekly Conversation hour) (10%) [LOs 4, 5, & 6]
• Oral Presentation (5 minutes) (15%) [LOs, 3,4,5,6]
• Two one-hour Quizzes (7.5% each, total 15%) [LOs 1,2,3]
• Mid-semester written Exam (one hour) (20%) [LOs, 1,2,3]
• Final Exam (oral:5-10 min -5%) (written: 2 hours - 30%) [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]
• 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 one- hour invigilated Quizzes (7.5% each, total 15%) [LOs 1,2,3,4]
•  Oral Presentation (7 minutes) (15%) [LOs 1,2,4,5]
•  Oral exam (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 (two 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

To enrol in this course you must have completed ARAB6102. 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 ARAB1003.

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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6 units

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2015 $2604
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2015 $4146
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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
On Campus
1274 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A
Off Campus
3360 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 Online N/A

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