• Class Number 2143
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic In Person
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Huda Al-Tamimi
    • Leila Kouatly
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

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:

  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.

Examination Material or equipment

No material or equipment is permitted in the examination room.

Required Resources

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.

Oxford Essential Arabic Dictionary, Bilingual edition, Oxford University Press, 2010

Arabic-English dictionary, HANS WEHR “A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic”, Edited by J. Milton Cowan, Open Source library:


Arabic Newspapers and Magazines:

Web Sites

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written and verbal comments
  • Individually, as a group, as a class

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

This course comprises six weekly contact hours of interactive classes per week for a twelve week semester consisting of:

  • A two hour Monday class
  • A two hour Tuesday class
  • A one hour Wednesday class
  • A one hour Thursday conversation class

You are expected to spend at least four hours per week on preparation, study, and assignments, and to work individually on your pronunciation skills using the audio and video resources provided with the workbook and textbook. (Computer assisted language learning)

When progressing to the Textbook, you are expected to have read and understood the reading passages of each lesson BEFORE COMING TO CLASS and to have memorised the vocabulary of the previous lesson.

Please note that attending classes is essential and that if illness or a comparable disability intervenes, you should inform the lecturer.

Missed classes due to public holidays may be replaced by equivalent number of hours on any available DAY. Time and location to be advised. Due to the nature of the course, classes may not be recorded.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Unit One (Workbook) Introduction Common Greetings Introducing oneself Leave-taking Arabic Alphabet: one-way connectors: Combining Sounds Distinguishing among similar letters Vocabulary Unit Two (Workbook) Identifying yourself and others Separate personal pronouns
2 Unit Two (Continued) Arabic Alphabet: two-way connectors Long and short vowels Vocabulary Unit Three (Workbook) The morning greetings Asking about well-being Arabic Alphabet: two-way connectors Exercises Vocabulary
3 Unit Four (Workbook) Inquiring about and identifying place of origin Subject and predicate Separate pronouns Colloquial Arabic Arabic Alphabet: two-way connectors
4 Unit Four (Workbook) Inquiring about and identifying place of origin Subject and predicate Separate pronouns Colloquial Arabic Arabic Alphabet: two-way connectors WT1 and LT1
5 Unit Five Arabic Alphabet: two-way connectors ? ? ? ? Objects from the immediate environment Expressing possession Attached pronouns
6 Unit Five (Workbook) Describing national and regional affiliation The relative “noun” (nisba) ????? ??????? Gender in Arabic nouns Vocabulary Unit Six Familiar objects in the classroom The letters alif maqsura and hamza (? ?) Diacritical marks (shadda, madda, tanwin, sukun, short alif) Representation of foreign sounds Colloquial Arabic Vocabulary Revisions Quiz 1 Mid-Semester Written Exam
7 Lesson One (Textbook) School surroundings Describing location using preposition Enumerating: The coordinating particle ? Demonstratives: Gender agreement Contrasting: The particles ??? and ?? ? Nominal sentences Negating with ? ?? ?, Use of ??? and ?? ? combined with ??? WT2 and LT2
8 Lesson 1 Continued The Definite Article ?? Definite and Indefinite Nouns Lesson 2 (Textbook) School surroundings and facilities Nisba revisited The Idafa structure Identifying objects: demonstratives Colloquial Arabic Lesson 3 (Textbook) Seeking and providing information
9 Lesson 3 Continued Question words The Arabic verb Cardinal numbers 1-10 Learning how to say “I know” and “I don’t know” Eliciting information Expressing Admiration The particle ?? The question particle ???
10 Lesson 4 (Textbook) Describing Background, ??????? ?? ????? ???, Forming Dual Nouns, Number-Noun Agreement, Plurals of Non-rational Nouns WT3 and LT3
11 Lesson Five (Textbook) Describing Family Members, Describing School Subjects Learning about Arabic last names Please book a time for the End of semester 1 Oral Exam Quiz 2 Time TBA
12 Introduction to object of the verbs Introduction to ordinal numbers Introduction to pronouns of separation Final Exam Revisions Oral Exam (All day, 10mn slots, booked outside your last conversation class) END-SEM WRITTEN EXAM in exam period

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Writing and Listening tasks 10 % 01/01/2099 01/01/2099 1,2,3,4,5,6
Conversation 15 % 01/01/2099 01/01/2099 4,5,6
Quizzes 10 % 01/01/2099 01/01/2099 1,2,3,4
Mid-semester written Exam 20 % 05/04/2019 23/04/2019 1,2,3
End-Sem Exams 45 % 01/01/2099 01/01/2099 1,2,3,5,6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


The final examination is compulsory. Detailed advice on the structure of the exam and the types of questions to be anticipated are provided on the final week of teaching. Out of fairness, this advice is provided only in that week, and no other examination advice or assistance is provided.

Students are able to view examination scripts up to four months after completion of the course assessment. To view an examination script, please contact the CAIS Administrator.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/2099
Return of Assessment: 01/01/2099
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Writing and Listening tasks

For details of all the various test dates, please refer to the course Wattle site.

Written homework is to be submitted with a coversheet in CAIS. Refer to the Textbook and your Wattle site messages for instructions.

Listening exercises are to be completed ON WATTLE by the due date. Refer to your Wattle site for instructions.

WT1: Work Book, Unit 1 to 3: Ex 13, p 32, Ex 25, p 62. Hand submission

LT1: Work Book, Unit 1 to 3: Ex 15, p 15; Ex 17, p 36, Ex 26, p 62. On wattle.

WT2: Work Book, Unit 4 to 6: Ex 23, p 86; Ex 29, p 114; Ex 23, p 134. Hand submission.

LT2: Work Book, Unit 4 to 6: Ex 10, p. 78 ; Ex 25, p 108 ; Ex 25, p 135. On wattle.

WT3: TEXT Book, Lesson 1 to 3: Written transcript and translation of the 3 video passages. Hand submission.

LT3: TEXT Book, Lesson 1 to 3: Ex 11, p.18; Ex 12, p 36; Ex 15, p 55. On wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 01/01/2099
Return of Assessment: 01/01/2099
Learning Outcomes: 4,5,6


The assessment is assessed weekly in class.

Conversation weekly task: Students review the Arabic sounds, vocabulary and grammar rules acquired during the week, in the corresponding unit or lesson. They engage in a simple conversation with the lecturer and/or other students. Preparation is compulsory and attendance is essential as students are tested individually and as a group on their participation, throughout the semester. Conversation activities may be recorded at any time to assess students’ contributions.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/2099
Return of Assessment: 01/01/2099
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


For details of quiz dates, please refer to the course Wattle site.

Quiz 1: On Wattle – Translating and typing in Arabic. (Duration unrestricted)

Quiz 2: On Campus – Translate sentences from English to Arabic and Arabic to English (55mn duration)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 05/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 23/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Mid-semester written Exam

Tests comprehension, grammar and writing (90mn duration)

Assessment Task 5

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 01/01/2099
Return of Assessment: 01/01/2099
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5,6

End-Sem Exams

The date for the final exam will be announced by ANU Centre of Examination Unit

End-Sem oral exam: completed in the lecturer's office (book a time slot). 10mn duration, worth 10%

The oral exam will use texts from Unit 1 to 5 inclusive:

  1. Reading: Pronunciation, fluency, accuracy
  2. Comprehension: 3 questions about the text
  3. Vocabulary: Give the meaning of words or sentences from the text
  4. Grammar: Answer 3 grammar questions based on the text

End-Sem written exam:

The exam will test listening, comprehension, Translation, Grammar, Composition.

2 hour duration, worth 35%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

The Writing, Listening and conversation tasks are based on the Ahlan wa Sahlan WORKBOOK and TEXTBOOK – Functional Modern Arabic for beginners.

Students are advised to submit the assigned work by the due dates indicated above. All pieces of homework must be checked thoroughly before submission.

Written assignments should be deposited in the essay box chute in the Library door, ground floor, CAIS Building (Bldg 127). Please use the coversheet provided on the last page of this guide or those available in CAIS. All details on the assignment coversheet MUST be completed. Assignments should not be left under office doors.

Submission of assignments in the electronic form are only allowed in exceptional cases with the lecturer’s permission.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Written tasks will be returned to the students in class.

Exercises performed on Wattle are assessed electronically and results are available online.

The quizzes, the end of semester exam and the final exam remain the property of the lecturer.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments may be exceptionally possible at the discretion of the lecturer.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Huda Al-Tamimi

Research Interests

Modern Arabic Literature, Translation studies, Online course design and teaching

Dr Huda Al-Tamimi

Friday 10:00 11:00
Leila Kouatly
02 6125 8018

Research Interests

Leila Kouatly

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