Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ARB1021

 
TITLE Arabic 2 (for Near Eastern Studies)

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit builds on and consolidates the basic grammatical, syntactic and lexical elements covered in study-unit ARB1020, 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. 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:

- To teach students elementary/ intermediate 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:

- complete basic forms, and write short simple letters or postcards related to personal information, as well as notes including times, dates and places;
- understand and red 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.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

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

 
LECTURER/S Kurstin Gatt
Martin R. Zammit

 
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