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TITLE Proficiency in Arabic 1: Breakthrough

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit offers an introduction to basic grammatical elements of Modern Standard Arabic, starting with the Arabic Naskh script. Basic writing tasks and reading vocalized and unvocalized script, are performed. Writing skills are enhanced by learning vocabularies pertaining to the general and communication spheres of lexicon. Students are expected to dedicate at least one weekly hour of private study, during which they are assigned various language tasks, including consolidation of the newly learnt vocabularies.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at the acquistion of the Arabic Naskh script, in both the vocalized and unvocalized versions. The learning of Arabic writing is effected through the acquisition of Arabic lexical items.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Read and write the Arabic Naskh script;
- Acquire the following linguistic competences:
• Vocabulary: Names, Locations, Adjectives;
• Phonetics: Pronunciation of the various sounds of Arabic;
• Grammar: Pronouns, Possessive Pronouns;
• Interrogative Elements: What? Who? Where?

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Memorize, recognize, write and read accurately the Naskh alphabet in both the vocalized and unvocalized versions; and
- Fill in basic official forms.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Wightwick J., Gaafar, M. 2007, (2nd edition), Mastering Arabic Script, a guide to handwriting, Palgrave Macmillan.
Brustad, K., al-Batal, M. and al-Tonsi, A., 2001, Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, Georgetown University Press.

In addition to the above items, other materials, including audio-visuals, will be made available.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination (20 Minutes) No 30%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Ghenwa Mumari
Martin R. Zammit

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