• 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, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Translation Studies, Middle East Studies, Language Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • France Meyer
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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:

  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

  1. In Person Writing tasks x 3 (1.7% each) (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Listening tasks x 3 (1.7% each) (5) [LO 1,3,6]
  3. Conversation (ongoing participation in weekly Conversation hour) (15) [LO 4,5,6]
  4. Quizzes, 2 x 60 mins (5% each) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Mid-semester written examination, 60 mins (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  6. Final oral examination, 5-10 mins (10) [LO 1,2,5,6]
  7. Final written exam, 2 hours (35) [LO 1,2,3]
  8. Online Reading, writing and listening tasks x 3 (8.3% each) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]
  9. 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]
  10. Quizzes, 1 x 30 mins & 1 x 60 mins (5% each) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  11. Oral recording (introducing oneself, reading a text, taking leave), 1- 2 mins (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  12. Oral examination, reading, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension (individual test conducted by the lecturer on Adobe Connect), 5-10 mins (10) [LO 1,2,5,6]
  13. Final written examination (completed on Wattle), 2 hours (30) [LO 1,2,3]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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In Person

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.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARAB1002, or with permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

In Person

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.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
In Person
2125 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A
2861 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 Online N/A

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