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COURSE TITLE Certificate in Language Proficiency in Arabic







Cert. Lang. Pr.(Melit.)

Short Cycle Qualification

Level 5

6 Semesters

Part-time Day


Arabic is the official language of more than twenty countries with a total population of around three hundred million native speakers. Apart from being the official language of the Arab League, Arabic is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations Organization, as well as one of the official languages of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and of the African Union. Moreover, Arabic is the language of the Qur'an which is the holy text of over a billion Muslims. One should also underline the special relationship between the Arabic and Maltese languages, with the latter being the closest language to Arabic.

Since their political emergence during the last century, a number of Arab countries have played a most prominent role in the development of events on the world scene. Financial and economic considerations projected the Arabic language among the foremost world languages in strategic importance. The prominent role of Arab economies in the global economy is translated into new business opportunities.

Students will be exposed to the fundamental elements of the Arabic language as well as to key notions of Arabic cultural awareness. This 'bifocal' approach to the Arabic-speaking world will enable students to engage effectively with Arab speakers.
LEARNING OUTCOMES A. Subject Knowledge and understanding

The programme of study aims at covering levels A1 and A2 of the Common Reference Levels: global scale. It will consist of the following 5 main sections:

1. Writing:
i. Write Arabic Naskh script with good accuracy.
ii. Write notes, short messages and short descriptive essays on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
iii. Write short personal letters describing experiences.

2. Speaking:
i. Communicate adequately within a range of social situations using the appropriate register.
ii. Enter conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).
iii. Express opinions in simple language on topics of general interest.

3. Listening:
i. Understand the main points of clear standard speech in everyday situations in both standard and colloquial forms.
ii. Obtain information and extract details on a range of familiar topics.

4. Reading:
i. Read Arabic Naskh script with accuracy.
ii. Understand texts on everyday topics.
iii. Understand the description of events, feelings and wishes.

5. Cultural Competence:
i. Students will have an informed awareness of Arab cultural values and attitudes;
ii. they will become aware of potential pitfalls and will be armed with strategies to avoid misunderstandings and achieve success;
iii. Students will be able to maximize their effectiveness in interacting with other speakers of Arabic.

B. Intellectual development

1) acquire a basic knowledge of functional Arabic;
1) acquire a basic knowledge of the diachronic development of the Maltese language;
2) learn the skills outlined in section A above.

C. Skills

1) interact with a modern language other than their native one;
2) exploit the required communication skills necessary to dialogue with other speakers of Arabic;
3) learn how to listen and communicate attentively and effectively with Arab interlocutors.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Knowledge of Arabic enhances greater employability with companies engaged with the Arabic-speaking world.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This study-programme is aimed at students wishing to acquire the basic elements of the Arabic language and acquaint themselves with Arab culture. Moreover, the programme is highly recommended for students of the Department of Maltese who wish to enrich their diachronic knowledge of Maltese with a sound exposure to the Arabic language.
To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall satisfy the general requirements for admission as specified in the Admission Regulations.

The Certificate Course may be taken concurrently with any University undergraduate or postgraduate course, whether followed on a full-time or a part-time basis.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 6 May 2017
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