Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Arabic 5

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION This advanced study-unit builds on and consolidates the grammatical, syntactic and lexical elements covered in study-unit ARB3057. During this study-unit, the following grammatical issues are covered: coordinated sentences, subordination, indirect speech, hypersentence and discourse, the Arabic lexicon: loans, compounds, morphological and lexical innovations, semantic changes. Students are expected to dedicate at least 20 weekly hours of private study.

Study-unit Aims:

1. To consolidate the advanced knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic in all the four linguistic competences (listening, reading, speaking, writing).
2. To translate unseen texts of an intermediate-advanced level from Arabic into English and vice-versa, and to translate into English Arabic texts (prose, media Arabic, and poetry).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. read quickly enough to cope with an academic course;
2. take notes while someone is talking;
3. draft an opinion essay with good expression and accuracy;
4. follow a familiar topic and contribute to an informal conversation;
5. contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within own area of work;
6. gather, process and evaluate critically information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources;
7. communicate information, ideas and arguments cogently and coherently both orally and in writing.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able:
1. be able to achieve an advanced competence in listening, reading, speaking, and writing in Modern Standard Arabic and informal (colloquial) Arabic.
2. be an effective and self-aware independent learner.

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

- Alosh, Mahdi. 2005 Using Arabic. A guide to contemporary usage. Cambridge University Press. (University Library)
- Badawi, E., Carter, M.G., and Gully, A. 2004 Modern Written Arabic, A Comprehensive Grammar. Routledge, London & NY. (University Library)
- Cowan, David. 1993 (reprint) Modern Literary Grammar, Cambridge University Press (University Library)
- Haywood, J.A., and Nahmad, H.M. 1982 (reprint) A New Arabic Grammar of the Written Language, London: Percy Lund, Humphries and Co. Ltd. (University Library)
- Holes, Clive. 2004 (rev. Ed.). Modern Arabic. Structures, functions and varieties, London: Longman Linguistics Library (University Library)
- Jones, Alan. 2005 Arabic through the Qur’ān, The Islamic Texts Society (University Library)
- Kristen, B., al-Batal, M., al-Tonsi, A. 2001 Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya with DVDs: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One, Two & Three (Department of Oriental Studies collection)
- Lahlali, Mustapha. 2009 How to write in Arabic, Edinburgh University Press (on order)
- Mace, John. 1996 Arabic Today: A student, business and professional course in spoken and written Arabic, Edinburgh University Press (Department of Oriental Studies collection)
- Ryding, K.C., Zaiback, A.N. 1993 Formal Spoken Arabic: A Basic Course, Chicago: Kazi Publications (University Library)
- Schultz, Eckehard, et alii. 2000 Standard Arabic. An Elementary-intermediate course, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (University library)
- Smart, J.R., and Altorfer, F. 2007 Teach Yourself Arabic: A complete course for beginners, Hodder & Stoughton (Department of Oriental Studies collection)
- Versteegh, Kees. 2001 The Arabic Language, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (University library)
- Wightwick, J. et alii. 1998 Arabic Verbs and Essentials of Grammar: A Practical Guide to the Mastery of Arabic, McGraw-Hill (Department of Oriental Studies collection)

An updated bibliography is regularly handed out in class.



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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