Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Professor Farzad Sharifian


This unit builds on the content of Arabic Introductory 1 (ATS1381). It continues to provide a developed introduction to spoken and written Modern Standard Arabic in four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). An overview of the Arabic script, sound system and basic grammar rules is provided, with emphasis on acquiring and using the language in a communicative way. Students will also acquire an understanding of cultural practices and traditions in the Arab-Speaking world in view to establishing a foundation of linguistic, socio-linguistic and socio-cultural knowledge which may lead to further studies in the field.


At the conclusion of this unit, students will have achieved language competency in the following skills:

  1. Speaking - Ability to speak at a basic level in Modern Standard Arabic;

a. Adhere to more developed courtesy requirements and maintain simple face-to-face conversations on familiar topics;

b. Formulate and respond to simple questions.

  1. Reading - Ability to read and understand a range of simple Arabic texts;

a. Recognize all of the characters of the Modern Standard Arabic alphabet;

b. Demonstrate ability to read known language elements and combinations of these elements.

  1. Writing - Demonstrate sufficient control of the writing system to meet basic needs and social demands;

a. Create short sentences related to daily activities;

b. Demonstrate good control of elementary vocabulary and of basic syntactic patterns.

  1. Listening - Demonstrate sufficient comprehension to understand utterances about familiar topics;

a. Understand simple questions and answers and statements, and simple face-to-face conversations in the Modern Standard Arabic;

b. Comprehend conversation about everyday activities;

  1. Awareness and understanding of the cultural practices and traditions of the Arabic-speaking world.


Written work (at home and in-class, 1350 words): 30%
Mid-semester test (900 words): 20%
Attendance and participation: 10%
Examination (3-hours, 1800 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture and seminar per week
One 2-hour workshop and tutorial per week

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