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

Intermediate Standard Modern Arabic

Course Code:
15PNMC407
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:

  • knowledge and understanding of intermediate Arabic grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Arabic vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Arabic structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand passages in written Arabic of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  • the ability to produce passages in written Arabic of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  • the ability to communicate in Arabic at a basic level

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours of tutorials a week (spoken) and 4 hours of lectures a week.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides teaching and learning of intermediate level Arabic language with emphasis on reading and writing skills.  The course covers complex points of word and sentence structure as well as textual relations in Arabic writing and discourse.  Communicative practice and structural knowledge is established through reading and discussing different topics and of different lengths and complexity.  The course will also provide basic training in conversation and listening skills.

The course provides students with intermediate knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic, as well as a basic knowledge of conversational Arabic.  Specialised topics, particularly of political and cultural relevance, will be covered in order to enable students to interact with Arabic speakers and use original Arabic language sources within the level covered in the course.  This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Arabic language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Arabic. 

Method of assessment

One 3-hour exam (60%) taken in May/June; one 15-minute oral exam (20%); two mid-term tests lasting for 1-hour each (20%).

Suggested reading

Teaching is principally based on the course book:

Eckehard Schulz, Gunther Krahl and Wolfgang Reuschel, Standard Arabic (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Additional material will be regularly produced and made available online by the course convenor.