Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ARB1001

 
TITLE Arabic 1

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 8

 
DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit offers an introduction to basic grammatical elements of Modern Standard Arabic, starting with the Arabic script. Basic listening, reading unvocalised script, speaking and writing tasks are performed. During this study-unit, the following grammatical items are covered: the equational sentence, nouns and adjectives, personal pronouns, prepositions, the sound and broken plural, noun inflection, the verbal sentence: the perfect tense, the genitive construction, affixed pronouns, adverbs, and trilitteralism. Students are expected to dedicate at least 10 weekly hours of private study, during which they may be assigned language tasks with a view to consolidating the skills acquired in class.

Study-unit Aims:

1. To teach students the basics of Arabic script;
2. To teach students elementary notions of Modern Standard Arabic in all the four linguistic competencies (listening, reading, speaking, writing).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. read unvocalised script and write short sentences in the Arabic script;
2. understand basic instructions, or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic;
3. understand basic notices, instructions or information.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. master the Arabic script;
2. tackle elementary listening, reading, speaking, and writing tasks in Modern Standard Arabic.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:
(availability at the Library or otherwise is indicated against each entry)

Learning the Arabic script:
- Badawi, el-Said, et alii. 2006 Al-Kitāb Al-Asāsi Volume I: A basic course for the teaching Arabic to non-native Speakers, ALESCO (Department of Oriental Studies collection)
- Brustad, K., al-Batal, M. and al-Tonsi, A. 2001 Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds (Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program) (Department of Oriental Studies collection)
- Schultz, Eckehard, et alii. 2000 Standard Arabic. An Elementary-intermediate course, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (University library)
- Smart, J.R., and Altorfer, F. 2007 Teach Yourself Arabic: A complete course for beginners, Hodder & Stoughton (Department of Oriental Studies collection)
- Wightwick J., Gaafar, M. 2005 Mastering Arabic Script, a guide to handwriting, Palagrave Macmillan (on order)

General Arabic Grammar
- Alosh, Mahdi. 2005 Using Arabic. A guide to contemporary usage. Cambridge University Press. (University Library)
- Badawi, E., Carter, M.G., and Gully, A. 2004 Modern Written Arabic, A Comprehensive Grammar. Routledge, London & NY. (University Library)
- Cowan, David. 1993 (reprint) Modern Literary Grammar, Cambridge University Press (University Library)
- Haywood, J.A., and Nahmad, H.M. 1982 (reprint) A New Arabic Grammar of the Written Language, London: Percy Lund, Humphries and Co. Ltd. (University Library)
- Holes, Clive. 2004 (rev. Ed.). Modern Arabic. Structures, functions and varieties, London: Longman Linguistics Library (University Library)
- Jones, Alan. 2005 Arabic through the Qur’ān, The Islamic Texts Society (University Library)
- Kristen, B., al-Batal, M., al-Tonsi, A. 2001 Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya with DVDs: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One, Two & Three (Department of Oriental Studies collection)
- Lahlali, Mustapha. 2009 How to write in Arabic, Edinburgh University Press (on order)
- Mace, John. 1996 Arabic Today: A student, business and professional course in spoken and written Arabic, Edinburgh University Press (Department of Oriental Studies collection)
- Ryding, K.C., Zaiback, A.N. 1993 Formal Spoken Arabic: A Basic Course, Chicago: Kazi Publications (University Library)
- Schultz, Eckehard, et alii. 2000 Standard Arabic. An Elementary-intermediate course, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (University library)
- Smart, J.R., and Altorfer, F. 2007 Teach Yourself Arabic: A complete course for beginners, Hodder & Stoughton (Department of Oriental Studies collection)
- Versteegh, Kees. 2001 The Arabic Language, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (University library)
- Wightwick, J. et alii. 1998 Arabic Verbs and Essentials of Grammar: A Practical Guide to the Mastery of Arabic, McGraw-Hill (Department of Oriental Studies collection)

An updated bibliography is regularly handed out in class.

 
RULES/CONDITIONS In TAKING THIS UNIT YOU CANNOT TAKE ARB1101 OR TAKE ARB1201 OR TAKE ARB1301 OR TAKE ARB1401 OR TAKE ARB1501

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM1 No 15%
Oral Examination (20 Minutes) SEM1 No 25%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 60%

 
LECTURER/S Charelle Debattista
Darlene Zammit

 
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