- ARCHIVE as at 1 September 2013 for reference only

University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Postgraduate Course: Advanced Arabic 1 (IMES11063)

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) Credits40
Home subject areaIslamic and Middle Eastern Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionAdvanced Arabic 1 is designed for candidates with either an undergraduate degree in Arabic or an equivalent qualification in Modern Standard Arabic. The course will consolidate this knowledge and provide the student with advanced communication skills to enable him or her to function in Arabic at an academic or professional level. Language teaching will be intensive (10 hours per week) and the course will be geared to modern communication. To achieve this students will be taught Intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, which will be integrated with Media Arabic. This will include a selection of communicative listening, reading and writing activities. There will also be a number of regular e-learning tasks such as micro-blogging. Advanced Arabic 1 will prepare students to make rapid progress during Advanced Arabic 2 which will be delivered by the American University in Cairo.
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) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 100, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 292 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 30 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Advanced Arabic 12:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
To develop communicative Arabic skills in speaking through a wide range of communicative activities.
To speed up and develop students┐ reading abilities in Arabic
To improve students ability to listen to Arabic interviews and summarise their content.
To enhance students' aural, oral and reading abilities in Egyptian colloquial Arabic and their ability to read critical essays in modern standard Arabic and discuss them with relevance to the primary readings.
Assessment Information
Final examination (60%) (to include an Oral & Listening Component)

Two 400-word Arabic essays (10%)

Two class presentations and participation (10%)

e-Learning Tasks: (20%)
a) Recorded interview with a native Arab speaker about any of the themes discussed during the programme (20 mins) (5%).
b) One email (200 words) in Educated Colloquial Arabic (5%)
c) Regular assessed blogging activities (10%).
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. The Teaching of Arabic to Non-Native Speakers and Diglossia
2. Music & Film in the Arab World
3. Sport in the Arab World
4. Religious Minorities in the Arab World
5. Technology & Science in the Arab World
6. Revision
7. Women in the Arab World
8. Military & Political Affairs in the Arab World
9. The Arab Spring & Society
10. Human Rights in the Arab World
Transferable skills * the ability to deliver clear & concise presentations
* the ability to communicate in and understand the language of another culture
* the ability to code switch from different registers of language
* the ability to learn a language intensively over a short period
Reading list All material will be provided by IMES teaching staff.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Classes will be two hours daily and three hours of homework per day.
Course organiserMrs Farah Aboubakr
Course secretaryMrs Linda Grieve
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information
© Copyright 2013 The University of Edinburgh - 10 October 2013 4:35 am