• Class Number 2589
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic ANU Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Leila Kouatly
    • Dr Kinda AlSamara
    • Leila Kouatly
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
    • 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

  • Alosh, M., Ahlan Wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners, 2nd ed, (Workbook), Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2010.
  • Alosh, M., Ahlan Wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners, 2nd ed, (Textbook), Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2010.
  • Scanner or scanning app (e.g Genius Scan or CamScanner)
  • Headset/earphones with microphone

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 comments
  • 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 Unit One (Workbook) · Introduction · Common Greetings · Introducing oneself · Leave-taking · Arabic Alphabet: one-way connectors: ? ? ? ? ? ? · Combining Sounds · Distinguishing among similar letters
2 Unit Two (Workbook) · Identifying yourself and others · Separate personal pronouns · Arabic Alphabet: two-way connectors ? ? ? ? ? · Long and short vowels
3 Unit Three (Workbook) · The morning greetings · Asking about well-being · Arabic Alphabet: two-way connectors ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 12 March – Task 1
4 Unit Four (Workbook) · Inquiring about and identifying place of origin · Subject and predicate · Separate pronouns · Arabic Alphabet: two-way connectors ? ? ? ? ? ? · Inquiring about and identifying Arab countries · Arab states, political systems, and capitalss
5 Unit Five (workbook) · Arabic Alphabet: two-way connectors ?? ? ? ? · Objects from the immediate environment · Expressing possession · Attached pronouns · Describing national and regional affiliation · The relative “noun” (nisba) ????? ??????? · Gender in Arabic nouns Unit Six · The letters alif maqsura and hamza (? ? ) · Diacritical marks (shadda, madda, tanwin, sukun, short alif) · Representation of foreign sounds
6 Textbook Chapter 1 · School surroundings ???? ???? · Describing location using prepositions · Enumerating: The coordinating particle ?? · Demonstratives: Gender agreement 23 April – Task 2
7 Textbook Chapter 1 continued · Contrasting: The particles ??? and ???? · Nominal sentences · Negating with ?????? · The Definite Article ??? (Sun and Moon letters) · Definite and Indefinite Nouns
8 Textbook Chapter 2 · School surroundings and facilities ??????/???? ????? · Nisba revisited · The Idafa structure · Identifying objects: demonstratives
9 Textbook Chapter 3 · Seeking and providing information ??? ?? ???? · 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 ???? 7th May - Task 3
10 Textbook Chapter 4 · Describing Background, · ??????? ?? ????? ???, · Forming Dual Nouns, · Number-Noun Agreement: numbers 1 and 2
11 Textbook Chapter 4 continued · Number-Noun Agreement: numbers 3-10 · Plurals of Non-rational Nouns 21 May - Writing Task
13 Study period and beginning of exam period 4th June - Oral Recording
14 Exam period 11th June - Final Exam

Tutorial Registration

Please refer to Wattle for Lecture Group selection and Tutorial registration.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tasks 1, 2 and 3 30 % * * 1, 2, 3, 6
Tutorial participation 15 % * * 4, 5, 6
Writing Task 15 % 21/05/2022 28/05/2022 1, 2, 3 ,6
Reading 5 % * * 1,2,5,6
Oral Recording 10 % 04/06/2022 11/06/2022 1, 2, 5, 6
Final Exam 25 % 11/06/2022 25/06/2022 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 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: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 6

Tasks 1, 2 and 3

These three written tasks have a combined weighting of 30%. The are due in Weeks 3, 7 and 9 and will cover concepts studied in corresponding lessons including forming simple words and sentences, connecting letters, and basic grammar concepts and listening exercises.

Assessment Task 2

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

Tutorial participation

Students review the Arabic sounds, vocabulary and grammar rules acquired during the week, in the corresponding lesson. Students engage in a simple conversations 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: 15 %
Due Date: 21/05/2022
Return of Assessment: 28/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 ,6

Writing Task

The Writing Task is a 150 words written assessment on basic topics in Modern Standard Arabic. Suggested topics will be provided to the students on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5,6


Reading out loud a reading passage from the textbook during the week 12 tutorials and answering questions relating the meaning of words. Students will read for about 2-3 minutes, one-on-one with their tutor or lecturer.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/06/2022
Return of Assessment: 11/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5, 6

Oral Recording

The oral recording is a four to five minute long recording in which students will describe their surrounds and talk about themselves.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 11/06/2022
Return of Assessment: 25/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Final Exam

The final exam is a two-hour exam and will include reading comprehension, grammar, translation and a short composition

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

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).

Leila Kouatly

Research Interests

Technology in language teaching; curriculum development

Leila Kouatly

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Tuesday 11:00 12:00
Dr Kinda AlSamara

Research Interests

Dr Kinda AlSamara

By Appointment
Leila Kouatly

Research Interests

Leila Kouatly

Tuesday 11:00 12:00
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Rafa Marjan

Research Interests

Rafa Marjan

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