Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Arabic 3

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit builds on and consolidates the grammatical, syntactic and lexical elements covered in study-unit ARB1002, and new features are introduced. During this study-unit, the following grammatical items are covered: the ordinal, fractional, and decimal numbers, time and dates, the use of kull, ğamī‘, nafs, ba‘ḍ, ‘iddatu, ’ayy, the relative pronouns, dū and dāt, the nominal relative clause, the imperfect tense and the imperative of form I weak verbs, the use of the verb kāna, the derived verbal forms II, III, IV, V, VI. 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 intermediate notions of Modern Standard Arabic in all the four linguistic competences (listening, reading, speaking, writing);
2. To enable students to translate seen texts from Arabic into English and vice-versa.

Learning Outcomes:

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

1. scan texts for relevant information, and understand detailed instructions or advice;
2. express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context;
3. write letters, or make notes, on familiar or predictable matters.

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

1. tackle intermediate listening, reading, speaking, writing and translation 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 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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