• 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, 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 Second Semester 2020
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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 1 and Introductory Arabic 2 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 1. 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:

  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

  1. IN PERSON MODE OF DELIVERY (null) [LO null]
  2. Reading and writing tasks x 2, listening tasks x 3 (1% each) (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Conversation, ongoing participation in weekly Conversation hour (15) [LO 4,5,6]
  4. Oral presentation, 5 mins (10) [LO 3,4,5,6]
  5. Quizzes, 2 x 1 hour (5% each) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  6. Mid-semester written exam, 1 hour (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  7. Final oral exam, 5-10 mins (10) [LO 1,2,5,6]
  8. Final written exam, 2 hours (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  9. ONLINE MODE OF DELIVERY (null) [LO null]
  10. Reading, writing and listening tasks x 3 (submitted via Wattle) (8.3% each) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  11. Conversation, ongoing participation in the 2nd hour of Adobe connect weekly sessions on Wattle: Engage in a simple conversation with the tutor or other students (15) [LO 4,5,6]
  12. Oral exam, reading, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension (individual test conducted by the lecturer on Adobe Connect), 10 mins (10) [LO 1,2,5,6]
  13. Oral Presentation, 5 mins (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  14. Invigilated quizzes, 2 x 1 hour (5% each) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  15. Final written exam, 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 general classes 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) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: made up of online general classes, conversation classes and structured activities; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ARAB6102, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: ARAB1003, ARAB2005, ARAB2011, ARAB2012, ARAB3001, ARAB3002, ARAB6501, ARAB6502, ARAB6503 or ARAB6504.

Prescribed Texts


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.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
In Person
7129 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A
7833 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online N/A

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