• Class Number 3718
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic OUA Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Leila Kouatly
    • Leila Kouatly
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
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, 3rd ed, (Workbook), Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2021.
  • Alosh, M., Ahlan Wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners, 3rd ed, (Textbook), Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2021.
  • Scanner or scanning app (e.g Genius Scan or CamScanner)
  • Camera
  • 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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Unit One (Workbook)· Introduction· Common Greetings· Introducing oneself· Leave-taking· Arabic Alphabet: one-way connectors: ? ? ? ? ? ?
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 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 
Unit Four (Workbook)Inquiring about and identifying place of origin
4 Unit Four (continued)· · Subject and predicate: the nominal sentence· Separate pronouns· Arabic Alphabet: two-way connectors ? ? ? ? ? ? · Inquiring about and identifying Arab countries· Arab states and capitals Monday 11th March is a public Holiday - Make up class on Friday 15th March Listening Task 1 due on Wattle by Tuesday 12th MarchWriting Task 1 - in class on Tuesday 12th March (Wednesday 13th March for online students)
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) ????? ???????
6 Unit Six· The letters alif maqsura and hamza (? ? )· Diacritical marks (shadda, madda, tanwin, sukun, short alif)· Representation of foreign sounds Textbook Chapter 1· School surroundings ???? ????· Describing location using prepositions· Enumerating: The coordinating particle ??
7 Textbook Chapter 1 continued· Demonstratives: Gender agreement· Contrasting: The particles ??? and ????· Nominal sentences· Negating with ??????· The Definite Article ??? (Sun and Moon letters)· Definite and Indefinite Nouns  Listening Task 2 due on Wattle by Monday 15th AprilWriting Task 2 - in class on Monday 15th April
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· The question particle ????
10 Textbook chapter 3 continued
Textbook Chapter 4· Describing Background,· ??????? ?? ????? ???,· Forming Dual Nouns,· Number-Noun Agreement: numbers 1 and 2
Listening Task 3 due on Wattle by Monday 6th MayWriting Task 3 - in class on Monday 6th May
11 Textbook Chapter 5
  • Describing Family members
  • Object of the verb
  • Object of preposition
  • Ordinal numbers

12 Textbook Chapter 5 continued Grammar and writing Task - in class on Monday 20th May
13 Study period and beginning of exam period
14 Take home exam Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June

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
Listening and Writing Tasks 1, 2 and 3 45 % * * <strong>1,2,3,6</strong>
Conversation class 10 % * * <strong>4,5,6</strong>
Grammar and Writing Task 10 % 20/05/2024 02/06/2024 <strong>1,2,3,6</strong>
Oral Exam 15 % 04/06/2024 10/06/2024 <strong>1,2,5,6</strong>
Take Home Exam 20 % 06/06/2024 20/06/2024 <strong>1,2,3</strong>

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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: 45 %
Learning Outcomes: <strong>1,2,3,6</strong>

Listening and Writing Tasks 1, 2 and 3

These are three short Listening Tasks and three corresponding Writing Tasks with a combined weighting of 45% (7.5% each). The Listening Tasks will be undertaken on Wattle in Weeks 4, 7 and 10 and the corresponding Writing Tasks will be done in class in the same weeks. These assessments will cover concepts studied in textbook lessons including forming simple words and sentences, connecting letters, and basic grammar concepts, comprehension as well as listening/dictation exercises.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: <strong>4,5,6</strong>

Conversation class

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 preparation and participation throughout the semester.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 20/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 02/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: <strong>1,2,3,6</strong>

Grammar and Writing Task

This is a 150 words written assessment undertaken in class in Week 12. It consists of a short composition and grammar exercises based on concepts covered during the semester. Students will be given a choice of topics for the composition.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 04/06/2024
Return of Assessment: 10/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: <strong>1,2,5,6</strong>

Oral Exam

The oral exam will be during the exam period. Students will need to book a timeslot for a one-on-one meeting with their lecturer/tutor. The exam will consist of reading out loud a reading passage from the textbook and answering vocabulary and comprehension questions. Students will also be required to answer questions about themselves.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 06/06/2024
Return of Assessment: 20/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: <strong>1,2,3</strong>

Take Home Exam

The final exam is a two-hour take home exam conducted on Wattle. It will include reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, listening and translation.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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, second language acquisition.

Leila Kouatly

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Leila Kouatly

Research Interests

Leila Kouatly

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