Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Arabic 2

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit builds on and consolidates the basic grammatical, syntactic and lexical elements covered in study-unit ARB1001, and new features are introduced. During this study unit, the following grammatical items are covered: diptotes, the dual, demonstrative pronouns, the imperfect tense, the verbal moods (indicative, subjunctive, jussive, imperative), the perfect tense of form I weak verbs, the calendar. 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:

To teach students elementary/ intermediate 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:

- complete basic forms, and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information, as well as notes including times, dates and places;
- understand straightforward information within a known area, such as information on products,signs, in simple textbooks, or reports on familiar matters.

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

- tackle elementary / intermediate listening, reading, speaking, and writing tasks in Modern Standard Arabic.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text
- Schulz, Eckehard, and Sebastian Maisel. Modern Standard Arabic: Integrating Main Arabic Dialects. Leipzig: Edition Hamouda, 2013.

Supplementary Readings
- Badawi, E., Carter, M.G., and Gully, A. Modern Written Arabic: A Comprehensive Grammar. London: Routledge, 2004.
- Holes, Clive. Modern Arabic: Structures, Functions and Varieties. London: Longman Linguistics Library, 2004.
- Schulz, Eckehard, et alii. Standard Arabic: An Elementary-Intermediate Course. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.



Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 15%
Oral Examination (20 Minutes) SEM2 No 25%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Kurstin Gatt
Martin R. Zammit

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