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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Arabic 2 (Postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PNMC382
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  • a competent level of knowledge and understanding Arabic grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of essential Arabic Rhetoric and Style
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of Modern Arabic structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand passages in written Arabic on everyday topics
  • the ability to produce short passages in written Arabic on everyday topics
  • the ability to produce short letters in written Arabic on everyday topics
  • the ability to understand spoken Arabic and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday topics
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Arabic in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. An additional 6 hours will be spent in lectures and an further 6 hours will be spent in seminars/tutorials over the 22 week period.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides a written language competence in the form prose translation, text comprehension and prose composition with particular emphasis on developing mastery of syntax and widening active vocabulary.  Oral competence will taught in conversation classes.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the studies.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (40%); one essay of 3,000 words to be submitted on Friday, week 1, term 3 (30%); one 20 minute oral examination (10%); regular coursework in the form of weekly short tests (5%); 4 term tests (15%).

Suggested reading

1) The course will be based on

  • O.Wright , Arabic Course ; Second Year , London, SOAS
  • M.Salih, Introduction to Arabic Letter writing , London SOAS
  • M.Salih, QuickStart Arabic, Pearson Education Group, London 2008 –ISBN 978-1-4066-4455-5

2) Additional Arabic References

  • E,Schulz, A Student Grammar of Modern Standard Arbic , CUP 2008