Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ARB2012

 
TITLE Media Arabic

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit offers an introduction to the modern variety of Arabic used in the mass media, as attested in paper, audio-visual or electronic sources. Students are introduced to a variety of syntactic structures and lexical domains particularly common in media Arabic, including journalese Arabic. Special attention is reserved for the opinion article as a genre of its own. In this study-unit, students read excerpts from Arabic newspapers, and are also exposed to audio-visual sources, especially electronic websites, covering news bulletins, socio-economic and political topics. Apart from introducing students to media Arabic, this study-unit consolidates the linguistic elements covered in the language study-units. Moreover, Media Arabic offers insights into a better understanding of a number of contemporary issues debated within the Arab world.

Study-unit Aims:

1. To introduce students to media Arabic;
2. To train students to read and translate unvocalised media Arabic texts;
3. To consolidate Arabic listening and reading competences;
4. To familiarize students with media Arabic articles and reports in the original language.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will:
1. become familiar, in general terms, with the themes and techniques characterizing media Arabic;
2. be able to read, comprehend and translate media Arabic texts;
3. be able to summarize orally and in writing the excerpts covered;
4. increase his/her general knowledge about the Arab world;

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. read and translate media Arabic texts;
2. strengthen his/her Arabic grammar;
3. apply the language skills learned in this study-unit to other study-units related to the Arabic language;
4. analyse various philological aspects relating to such texts.

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

- Ashtiani, Julia. Media Arabic, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press. 1993.
- Holes, Clive. Modern Arabic. Structures, functions and varieties, London: Longman Linguistics Library, 1995.
- Lahlali, Mustapha. 2008 Advanced Media Arabic, Edinburgh University Press (on order)
- Versteegh, Kees. The Arabic Language. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997.

 
RULES/CONDITIONS Before TAKING THIS UNIT YOU MUST TAKE ARB1001 AND TAKE ARB1002 AND TAKE ARB2016

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Martin R. Zammit

 
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