Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Arabic 1 (for Near Eastern Studies)

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 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 triliteralism. These grammatical items are then consolidated at the level of tutorials which focus on the application of these items in spoken Arabic. Notions of dialectal Arabic will also be introduced. 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 competences (listening, reading, speaking, writing).

Learning Outcomes:

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

1. read and write vocalized and unvocalized Naskh and Ruq'a scripts;
2. acquire an acceptable pronunciation of Modern Standard Arabic;
3. analyze the nominal and verbal morphologies of Modern Standard Arabic;
4. engage in conversations covering familiar topics in informal and formal Modern Standard Arabic;
5. make use proficiently of vocabulary pertaining to familiar topics.

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:

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.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM1 No 15%
Classwork SEM1 No 25%
Oral examination (30 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Kurstin Gatt
Martin R. Zammit

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