- Code ARAB6102
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Translation Studies, Middle East Studies, Language Studies
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- recognise all of the characters of the Modern Standard Arabic alphabet;
- read simple texts with high frequency structural patterns and vocabulary related to basic topics without vocalisation;
- 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;
- use a dictionary or online resources to assist own oral, aural, reading and written communication strategies;
- communicate in conversations including greetings, courtesy requirements, personal and accommodation needs and provide simple biographical information; and
- listen and respond to simple questions about basic topics. Demonstrate accuracy in pronunciation and vocalisation.
- In Person (null) [LO null]
- Writing tasks x 3 (1.7% each) (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Listening tasks x 3 (1.7% each) (5) [LO 1,3,6]
- Conversation (ongoing participation in weekly Conversation hour) (15) [LO 4,5,6]
- Quizzes x 2, 60 mins each (5% each) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Mid-semester written examination, 60 mins (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Final oral examination, 5-10 mins (10) [LO 1,2,5,6]
- Final written exam, 120 mins (35) [LO 1,2,3]
- Online (null) [LO null]
- Reading, writing and listening tasks x 3 (8.3% each) (25) [LO 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) [LO 4,5,6]
- Quizzes x 2, 30 mins & 60 mins (5% each) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Oral recording, 1- 2 minutes (introducing oneself, reading a text, taking leave) (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Oral examination, 5-10 mins - individual test conducted by the lecturer on Adobe Connect : reading, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension test (10) [LO 1,2,5,6]
- Final written examination, 120 mins, to be completed on Wattle (30) [LO 1,2,3]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 72 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 60 hours of lectures and 12 hours of conversation classes; and b) 58 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: made up of 2 hours live participation in weekly online tutorial, one hour dedicated to lesson review and grammar rules and second hour dedicated to practice and conversation; and b) 106 hours over 12 weeks of independent student research, reading and writing, using the online material provided through the Wattle-site.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
There are no prescribed texts for this mode of delivery. All necessary material is supplied on the course website.
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