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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Arabic D (IMES11039)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAdvanced 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 80, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 0.8, Summative Assessment Hours 2.4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 111 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two progress tests(20%), E-Learning (10%), Coursework (20%), Final exam which includes centralized 2-hr written exam and in-house oral exam (50%).
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Advanced Arabic D2:00
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.
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.
Additional Information
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Course organiserMrs Farah Aboubakr
Course secretaryMrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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