• Class Number 5529
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Leila Kouatly
    • Leila Kouatly
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

Through this course students will be equipped with the language and vocabulary required to understand Arabic-language news and current affairs. Students will learn vocabulary and language skills that will enable them to understand Arabic-language current affairs and media in different contexts. In this course, students will explore general themes using examples to support each theme. Students will work on individual and collaborative activities for each example

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. read, listen and comprehend to an advanced level, the Modern Standard Arabic typically used in Arabic-language newspapers and Internet sites, and on Arabic-language radio and television;
  2. speak Arabic at an advanced level, in the style and format typically found on Arabic-language radio and television;
  3. write and translate complex news reports and media texts from English into Arabic; and
  4. comprehend conversations, dialogue, and delivered news on a range of topics, to an advanced level.

Required Resources

Lahlali, E.M. (2019), Advanced Media Arabic, 2nd ed., Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC

Internet access, speakers, webcam, microphone, Arabic keyboard and scanner. 

Ashtiany, J. (2001). Media Arabic. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Elgibali, A. & Korica, N. (2007). Media Arabic: A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News, American University in Cairo Press.

Kendall, E. (2012). The top 1,300 words for understanding media Arabic. Georgetown University Press.

Arabic-English dictionary: HANS WEHR “A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic”, Edited by J. Milton Cowan

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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 Module 1: Diplomacy Advanced Mdia Arabic Units 1 and 2
2 Diplomacy cont'd Advanced Mdia Arabic Units 3 and 4 Forum post and country report due by Sunday 7 August
3 Module 2: Violence and Anarchy Advanced Mdia Arabic Units 11 and 11
4 Violence and Anarchy cont'd Advanced Mdia Arabic Units 12 and 13 Forum post and country report due by Sunday 21 August
5 Module 3: War and Military Action Advanced Mdia Arabic Units 14 and 15 Quiz 1 due by Sunday 28 August
6 War and Military Action cont'd Advanced Mdia Arabic Units 16 and 17 Forum post and country report due by Sunday4 September
7 Module 4: Law and Order Advanced Media Arabic Units 22 and 23
8 Law and Order cont'd Advanced Media Arabic Unit 24 Elgibali Unit 5 Forum post and country report due by Sunday 2nd October
9 Module 5: Economy Advanced Media Arabic Units 19 and 20 Quiz 2 due by Sunday 9 October
10 Economy cont'd Advanced Media Arabic Unit 21 Elgibali Unit 6 Forum posts and country report due by Sunday 16 October
11 Module 6: Trade and Industry Advanced Media Arabic Units 25 and 26 Written News Item due by Sunday 23 October
12 Trade and Industry cont'd Advanced Media Arabic Unit 27
13 News Bulletin due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Quiz 1 and Quiz 2 40 % * * 1, 3, 4
Tutorial participation, forum posts and country reports 20 % * * 1, 2, 4
Written News Item 25 % 22/10/2022 29/10/2022 1,2,3
Oral Presentation (News Bulletin) 15 % 03/11/2022 10/11/2022 1,2,3,4,

* 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: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Quiz 1 and Quiz 2

These quizzes cover materials reviewed in class and on Wattle. They include multiple choice comprehension questions, translation, short-answer, listen and transcribe, fill in the blanks and are due in Weeks 5 and 9 and have a combined weighting of 40% (20% each).

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4

Tutorial participation, forum posts and country reports

Participation in weekly tutorial discussion in class and on the forums. Students will be asked to provide a brief news report orally at the beginning of each tutorial about specific countries. Students written responses to Forum posts and the country reports will be due in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 and have a combined word count of 300--400 words

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 22/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 29/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Written News Item

Students are required to write 600 words in Arabic on a current affairs topic using vocabulary covered in class.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 03/11/2022
Return of Assessment: 10/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,

Oral Presentation (News Bulletin)

This is a video recording of your own news bulletin, on topics that you would have researched, or events that took place around the world. Your presentation is to be in Modern Standard Arabic and should be two-minutes long. The News Bulletin can be headlines of a number of events/issues, or a report on a single topic or issue.

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

Assignments submitted online will be assessed and returned online through Wattle.

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 (a medical certificate will be required).

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

Second language acquisition; technology in language learning.

Leila Kouatly

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