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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Arabic D (IMES11039)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaIslamic and Middle Eastern Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionAdvanced Arabic D (AAD) is the fourth phase of the Intensive Arabic programme of the MSc in Arab World Studies. Students will have just returned from four months of Arabic tuition in the Arab world (Intensive Arabic C) where they have been studying both MSA and an element of ECA or Levantine Arabic. Advanced Arabic D will be a ten-week course of six hours per week of group classes plus two hours of e-Learning. The target level is upper-intermediate (B2 in the Common European Framework - CEF).

The aim of Advanced Arabic D is to consolidate what students have already covered during Intensive Arabic A, B and C as well as to widen vocabulary and to improve grammatical accuracy in terms of reading and writing. The course will aim at enabling students to read texts more quickly and with increased confidence. Additionally students will be given the opportunity to develop further both their speaking and listening skills. The focus will be both on Modern Standard Arabic and Educated Spoken Arabic.

Advanced Arabic D will mirror the structure of Intensive Arabic B by being theme topic/theme-based.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Advanced Arabic D2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
A richer Arabic vocabulary and improving grammatical accuracy in terms of reading and writing. The course will aim to enable students to read with greater speed and increased confidence. Additionally, further develop both their speaking and listening skills. The focus will be on Modern Standard Arabic.
Assessment Information
Two progress tests(20%), E-Learning (20%), Coursework (10%), Final exam which includes centralized 2-hr written exam and in-house oral exam (50%).
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Brustad, Kristen E.; Al-Batal, Mahmoud; Al-Tonsi, Abbas. al-Kitaab fii Ta¿allum al-¿Arabiyya: Part 2 (Georgetown University Press, 2004). ISBN 158901104X.

Dickens, James; Watson, Janet. Standard Arabic: An Advanced Course (Cambridge University Press, 2000). ISBN 0521635314.

Further reference

Students studying AAD should make sure they have a selection of grammar reference books. It is extremely useful to read a variety of explanations of grammatical constructions.

Haywood J.A.; Nahmad, H. M. A New Arabic Grammar of the Written Language. (Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd, 1965 + reprints). ISBN 085331585X.

Al-Warraki, Nariman; Hassanein, Ahmad Taher. The Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic (American University Cairo, 1995). ISBN 9774243544.

Lahlali, Mustafa; Advanced Media Arabic. (Edinburgh University Press, 2008).
ISBN 978-0748632732

Students may also find it helpful to purchase an978-0748632732 Arabic-English dictionary. The best choice for undergraduates is:

Hans Wehr. A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Spoken Language Services Inc., US, 1994). ISBN 0879500034.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserMr Mourad Diouri
Course secretaryMrs Linda Grieve
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114
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