• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Arabic
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies

This course provides intermediate-level students with an introduction to the language of the Arab media and develops their basic listening and interpreting skills. This course is aimed at students who have mastered basic Arabic grammar, have acquired a small vocabulary, and are able to some degree to appreciate the stylistic and other differences between Media Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. read, listen and comprehend the Modern Standard Arabic typically used in Arabic-language newspapers and Internet sites, and on Arabic-language radio and television;
  2. present and discuss current affairs topics in oral and written form in the style and format typically found on Arabic-language radio and television;
  3. write and translate simple news reports and media texts from English into Arabic; and
  4. comprehend conversations, dialogue, and delivered news on a range of topics.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation in discussion (through the Discussion Forums on Wattle and tutorial participation) - ongoing (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. 2 x Quizzes (including multiple choice questions, short answer and translation) - 20% each for a total of 40% of total mark (40) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. Writing of 2 news items of 200 words each - 15% each for a total of 30% of total mark (30) [LO 1,3]
  4. Oral Presentation of a News Bulletin (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours contact hours; and

b) 94 hours of online activities, practice exercises, readings and assessment.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed ARAB2012, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARAB3008.

Prescribed Texts

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

Additional articles from Arabic magazines, newspapers and journals, will be made available to enrolled students via Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Elgibali, A., & Korica, N., Media Arabic: A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News, Cairo: The American University of Cairo, 2007.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3154 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 Online N/A
3155 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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