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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Postgraduate Course: Intensive Arabic B (IMES11022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits50 ECTS Credits25
SummaryIntensive Arabic B (IAB) is an intermediate level intensive course in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It is worth 50 credits and runs in Semester 2 only. Previous knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic is required for entry to the course.

The aim of IAB is to enable students to achieve an intermediate level in Arabic in the four skills areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Although there is a strong emphasis on speaking as in Intensive Arabic A (IAA), students are required to focus more on reading which is more manageable at this level. In terms of reading and writing, the focus of IAB is again on Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). The speaking and listening aspects of the course will continue to be delivered in a simplified version of MSA, or what is known as Formal Spoken Arabic or Educated Spoken Arabic (ESA). The teaching will continue to adopt the blended approach pioneered at Cornell University whereby both MSA and Spoken Arabic are taught simultaneously. Students will also be given the opportunity to do 10 hours of either Levant or Egyptian Arabic as this will assist them to function during the compulsory study abroad element of the programme, either in Jordan or Cairo.

Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Course only available for students enrolled on MSc in Arab World Studies or MSc in International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 500 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 192, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 2.25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 10, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 284 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Progress tests (10%), E-Learning (15%), Coursework (10%), Mid-term exam (25%), Final exam which includes in-house listening assessment, centralized 2-hr written exam and in-house oral exam (40%).
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Modern Standard Arabic Reading & Writing

    Students should:
    a. have covered intermediate level grammatical structures such as verb forms, active and passive participles, more complex superlatives, the Jussive, the Dual and the Feminine Plural;
    b. be able to read and understand a middle length text or article with the help of a dictionary;
    c. be able to write a short report on a range of political, social and economic issue
    d. have acquired a vocabulary of a further 1000 words beyond the 15000 of IAA;
    e. have a deeper understanding as to what is appropriate usage in MSA as opposed to Spoken Arabic.

  2. Speaking & Listening

    Students should:
    a. be introduced to more sophisticated aspects of grammatical structures of formal spoken Arabic;
    b. have an acquired a vocabulary of a further 1000 words (the vast majority shared with MSA) covering a range of social, political and economic topics;
    c. be able to speak with reasonable confidence and exchange ideas and information on a wide range of topics;
    d. be able to interact with reasonable ease all everyday situations;
    e. have had some exposure to an authentic Spoken Arabic dialect, either Levant or Egyptian, and to have an opportunity to use some the structures and vocabulary peculiar to these dialects.
Reading List
An extensive amount of supplementary ¿in-house¿ material will be used to consolidate both spoken and written Arabic. Teaching will be communicative with a considerable amount of student interaction. A considerable amount of audio-material will be made available to students. Students should make full use of the e-Arabic Learning Portal (

In addition to the Intensive Arabic B coursebook, students will be required to do certain excercises from the following coursebook, the purchase of which is recommended.

¿ Kristen E. Brustad; Mahmoud Al-Batal & Abbas Al-Tonsi. al-Kitaab fii Ta¿allum al-¿Arabiyya: Part 1 (Georgetown University Press, 2004). ISBN 158901104X.

In addition to in-house material for Levant or Egyptian Arabic, course tutors recommend the following textbooks:

For Egyptian Arabic: Samia Louis. Kallimni Arabi (AUC Press, 2007). ISBN 9774249771.

For Levant Arabic: Nadira Auty. Just Listen N¿ Learn Arabic (McGraw-Hill,2005). ISNB 084428470X.

Further Reference:
Students should seriously consider purchasing a more detailed Arabic grammar book for reference. It is extremely useful to read a variety of explanations of grammatical constructions.

¿ J. A. Haywood & H. M. Nahmad, A New Arabic Grammar (Lund Humphries, 1965 + reprints).

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

¿ Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (ed. J. M. Cowan)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserMr Jonathan Featherstone
Tel: (0131 6)51 1531
Course secretaryMrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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