Certificate in Language Proficiency in Arabic

Certificate in Language Proficiency in Arabic

Course information

Course title Certificate in Language Proficiency in Arabic
Postnominal Cert. Lang. Pr.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 4 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 30
Coordinator Martin R. Zammit
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
Arabic is the official language of more than twenty countries, with a total population of around three hundred million native speakers. Since their political emergence during the last century, several 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. 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. Especially relevant in the case of Malta is the special relationship between the Arabic and Maltese languages, with the latter being the closest language to Arabic.

This course offers an introduction to essential grammatical elements of Modern Standard Arabic, starting with the Arabic Naskh and Ruq'a scripts. Participants will engage in reading and writing in vocalised and unvocalised script. Writing skills are enhanced by learning vocabularies pertaining to the general day-to-day communication spheres. 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. Throughout this course, students will be exposed to the fundamental elements of the Arabic language as well as to crucial notions of Arabic cultural awareness. This bifocal approach to the Arabic-speaking world will enable students to engage effectively with Arab speakers.

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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 part-time basis.

This course is open to University of Malta current students only - Information about the application process will be forwarded by the Faculty of Arts to students in due course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

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

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: If students are following a FT course at UM - No fees apply.
If students are not following a FT course at UM - Total Tuition Fee: €4,250. Yr1: €2,125 - Yr2: €2,125
The programme of study aims at covering levels A1 and A2 of the Common Reference Levels. It consists of the following main sections:

A. Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Read and write elementary vocalised and unvocalised Naskh and Ruq'a scripts;
2. Acquire an acceptable pronunciation of Modern Standard Arabic;
3. Analyse basic notions of Modern Standard Arabic grammar;
4. Engage in simple informal and formal Arabic conversations;
5. Make use of basic vocabulary consisting of the most frequent words in Modern Standard Arabic.

B. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills)

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Recognise, memorise, read and write accurately using both vocalised and unvocalised Naskh and Ruq'a scripts;
2. Read simple notices / adverts (in newspapers or on social media);
3. Communicate adequately within a range of social situations using the appropriate register;
4. Hold basic conversations on familiar topics;
5. Express opinions in simple language on topics of general interest;
6. Understand the main points of clear standard speech in everyday situations in both standard and colloquial forms;
7. Fill in basic official forms;
8. Write short simple messages (sms’s, messages via messaging applications, posts on social media, postcards, etc.).
This study-programme is aimed at students wishing to acquire the basic elements of the Arabic language and acquaint themselves with Arabic culture. With knowledge of Arabic come many opportunities. Fluency in the Arabic language opens doors to prospective careers in teaching, business, technology, tourism, translation and interpretation, international development, diplomacy, journalism, and academia. Additionally, Arabic influence is evident in many other languages. The course 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.
Knowledge of Arabic enhances higher employability with companies engaged with the Arabic-speaking world.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 25 June 2020

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