• Class Number 3309
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • 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 during the examination.

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 and as a group

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 requires :

  • 8 hours of personal work per week, using the online material provided through the course website and its companion Wattle-site and ;
  • 2 hours live participation in the weekly online class, one hour being dedicated to lesson review and grammar rules and the second hour being dedicated to practice and conversation.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 ONLINE LESSONS (CONTENT AND PRACTICE) ARE ACCESSIBLE VIA WATTLE AND MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED BEFORE ATTENDING THE WEEKLY ADOBE CONNECT SESSION. Lesson 1 Introduction Transliteration system (arabizi) Phonetic background Common greetings Introducing oneself Leave taking The Arabic alphabet The one-way connectors Numbers 1 to 10 Cultural note
2 Lesson 2 Identifying yourself and others Introduction to separate personal pronouns The two-way connectors ? ? ? ? ? Introduction to the long and short vowels Cultural note
3 Lesson 3 Morning greetings Asking about well being Alphabet : ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Cultural note T1
4 Lesson Four Enquiring about place of origin Subject and predicate More separate pronouns Arabic alphabet : Letter ? ? ? ? ? ? Arab states and capital cities Cultural note
5 Lesson Five The Arabic alphabet (continued) – ? ? ? ? The attached pronouns Expressing possession The relative noun Cultural note
6 Lesson Six The Arabic alphabet (The last characters :) ) – ? ? Arabic diacritics Foreign sounds Introduction to definite and indefinite words Cultural note T2
7 Lesson Seven Reading passage ????? ??????? : 1 Describing location using preposition The coordinating particle The demonstratives ????? ??????? Contrasting using ???? ???? Cultural note QUIZ 1
8 Lesson eight The nominal sentence revisited Negating with laysa Introduction to regular masculine plurals Cultural note
9 Lesson nine Reading passage 2 : ?? ??????? Introduction to the noun / adjective agreement Introduction to the idafa structure Using the demonstratives Cultural note
10 Lesson ten Reading passage : ???? Asking questions Expressing contrast with the particles ? ?? or ? ?? : The Arabic verb (verb to know) The particle kam Cultural note T3
11 Lesson eleven Reading passage : ???? ????? ?? ?????? The cases in Arabic The dual in context Introduction to the number / noun agreement (1 to 10) More on plurals Cultural note Oral recording
12 Lesson twelve Arabic last names Revisiting the object of the verb or the preposition Ordinal numbers Pronouns of separation Cultural note Revision - Exam practice Lesson 1 to 12 Please book a time for the End of semester Oral Exam next week QUIZ 2 ORAL EXAM END SEM WRITTEN EXAM during exam period

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Conversation 25 % 01/01/2099 01/01/2099 1,2,3,4,6
Reading, Writing and Listening Tasks 15 % 01/01/2099 01/01/2099 4,5,6
Invigilated Quizzes 10 % 01/01/2099 01/01/2099 1,2,3,4
Oral recording 10 % 26/05/2019 09/06/2019 1,2,4,5
End-sem oral exam 10 % 05/06/2019 28/06/2019 1,2,5,6
End-sem written exam 30 % 12/06/2019 28/06/2019 1,2,3

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 01/01/2099
Return of Assessment: 01/01/2099
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,6


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.

Assessment Task 2

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

Reading, Writing and Listening Tasks

Assessed on weekly baises

Three Reading, Writing and Listening Tasks (to be submitted via Wattle)

Assessment Task 3

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

Invigilated Quizzes

Details of the quiz dates, please refer to Wattle site.

Two invigilated Quizzes (1/2 hour and one hour)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 26/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 09/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5

Oral recording

Oral recording (1- 2 minutes) (introducing oneself, reading a text, taking leave)

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 05/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5,6

End-sem oral exam

Oral exam (5-10 min) - individual test conducted by the lecturer on Adobe Connect : reading, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension test.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 12/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

End-sem written exam

2 hour online test conducted via Adobe connect - Reading, comprehension, Translation, Grammar, Composition

It is an invigilated written task of 2 hour duration (+ ½ hour technical time allowance), performed on Wattle.

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.

The Writing, Listening and conversation tasks are to be performed online, or manually and scanned to be submitted via Wattle.

Multiple pages assessment must be scanned into ONE DOCUMENT before being submitted. The name of the student and the page number must be clearly stated on EACH page.

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

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

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 students via Wattle.

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

The quizzes 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

Dr Huda Al-Tamimi

Leila Kouatly
02 6125 8018

Research Interests

Leila Kouatly

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