• Class Number 2663
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic On-campus
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Leila Kouatly
    • Leila Kouatly
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
    • Rafa Marjan
SELT Survey Results

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 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 very simple text with high frequency structural patterns and vocabulary related to basic topics;
  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;
  4. use a dictionary or online resources to assist own oral, aural, reading and written communication strategies;
  5. communicate in simple 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.

Required Resources

Scanner or scanning app (e.g Genius Scan or CamScanner)

Headset/earphones with microphone

Alosh, M., Ahlan Wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners (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

Staff Feedback

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

  • written commentsARAB6102 - Introductory Arabic 1
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 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
2 Lesson 2 Identifying yourself and others Introduction to separate personal pronouns The two-way connectors ? ? ? ? ? Introduction to the long and short vowels
3 Lesson 3 Morning greetings Asking about well being Alphabet : ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 14 March – Task 1
4 Lesson Four Enquiring about place of origin Subject and predicate More separate pronouns Arabic alphabet : Letter ? ? ? ? ? ? Arab states and capital cities
5 Lesson Five The Arabic alphabet (continued) – ? ? ? ? The attached pronouns Expressing possession The relative noun ??? ??????
6 Lesson Six The Arabic alphabet (The last characters J) – ? ? Arabic diacritics Foreign sounds Introduction to definite and indefinite words
7 Lesson Seven Reading passage 1 : ????? ??????? Describing location using preposition The coordinating particle “and” : ?? - ??? ??????? The demonstratives ????? ??????? Contrasting using ???? ? ???? 25 April – Task 2
8 Lesson eight The nominal sentence revisited Negating with laysa Introduction to regular masculine plurals
9 Lesson nine Reading passage : ?? ??????? Introduction to the noun / adjective agreement Introduction to the idafa structure Using the demonstratives
10 Lesson ten Reading passage : ???? Asking questions Expressing contrast with the particles ???? or ???? : The Arabic verb (verb to know) The particle ???
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 23 May – Task 3
12 Lesson twelve Reading passage : ??????? ???? ?????? Arabic last names Revisiting the object of the verb or the preposition Ordinal numbers Pronouns of separation 30 May - Written Task due
13 Study period and beginning of exam period ORAL EXAM

Tutorial Registration

Please refer to Wattle for Lecture Group selection and Conversation Class registration.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tasks 1, 2 and 3 25 % * * 1, 2, 3 & 6
Conversation class 15 % * * 4, 5, & 6
Writtten Task 10 % 30/05/2021 07/06/2021 1, 2, 3 & 6
Oral Exam 20 % * * 1, 2, 5 & 6
Final Written Exam 30 % * * 1, 2, 3 & 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 & 6

Tasks 1, 2 and 3

These three written tasks have a combined weighting of 25%. The are due in Weeks 3, 7 and 11 and will cover concepts studied in corresponding lessons including forming simple words and sentences, connecting letters, and basic grammar concepts.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 4, 5, & 6

Conversation class

CONVERSATION WEEKLY TASK: Students review the Arabic sounds, vocabulary and grammar rules acquired during the week, in the corresponding lesson. Students engage in a simple online conversation with the lecturer and/or other students. Preparation is essential and attendance crucial as students are tested on their participation throughout the semester.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 30/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 07/06/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 & 6

Writtten Task

The Written Task is a 100-150-words written assessment on basic topics in Modern Standard Arabic.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5 & 6

Oral Exam

The ORAL EXAM is a 3-5 minute exam involving reading and answering questions about yourself. It will be conducted in Week 13.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 & 6

Final Written Exam

The FINAL EXAM is a two-hour task and will include reading comprehension, grammar and a short composition, held in week 14, during exam period.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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) submission must be through Turnitin.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. 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.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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 possible on medical grounds upon presentation of a medical certificate or at the discretion of the lecturer.

Privacy Notice

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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

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