Arabic 1 (PG)
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- Year 1
- Term 1
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Important! Students who have already studied Arabic should take a placement test.
This is a beginner's course in Modern Standard Arabic. The main emphasis is on mastering the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic as a means of communication, particularly in relation to journalism, with equal emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and hearing.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of the module, a student should:
- have a solid beginner level of competence in both productive (speaking/writing) and receptive (reading/ listening) skills in Arabic
- have some knowledge of cultural issues in relation to uses of the language, which also forms part of the course requirements
- begin learning the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic as a means of written communication, particularly in relation to journalism
- develop oral competence through extensive use of language laboratory facilities, as well as in small-group conversation classes, where some elements of colloquial Arabic are also introduced
- be able to handle basic materials in Arabic and communicate in Arabic at a beginner's level
This module is taught over 22 weeks with 10 hours of classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
A graded internally-produced syllabus is followed. This provides grammar, vocabulary, exercises, passages for translation and comprehension.
Method of assessment
Assessment for this module consists of the following:
- One x 1-hour term test (30%)
- One x 2-hour end-of-term test (70%)
- The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page
Background reading (already available at the Library)
- Crystal, David. 2004. Rediscover Grammar. Third edition. London: Pearson Longman. [Recommended as a general introduction to the kind of grammatical concepts that will be employed on this module].
- Ryding, Karin C. 2005. A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Weninger, Stefan ed. 2011. The Semitic Languages: An International Handbook. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton. [Gives an overview of the family of languages to which Arabic belongs. Students are advised to begin by reading Part VI, which deals with Arabic specifically].
Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.