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

Undergraduate Course: Arabic 2 (IMES08006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is designed to lead on from Arabic 1a AND Arabic 1b. It provides a further development of linguistic skills in the modern language. Grammatical structures and oral skills are further developed. Selected texts in Modern Standard Arabic are studied. The course is intended not only to lay the foundation of Honours work, but also to be a self-contained unit. Knowledge of basic grammatical structures will be revised and extended. Students will begin to acquire the vocabulary of educated reading and conversation. The class follows a combination of the specially designed exercises and photocopied extracts from different books, websites, and blogs. Translation exercises are regularly given to students.
Course description Arabic 2 consolidates the students' knowledge of modern standard Arabic. It is a year-long intermediate course in modern standard Arabic (MSA) the language of educated Arabs in the whole of the Middle East and North Africa. The course will concentrate on the main linguistic skills i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening. Specific attention will be given to the grammatical structures of Arabic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Arabic 1a (IMES08026) AND Arabic 1b (IMES08027)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should enrol on IMES08022 (for semester 1) and/or IMES08039 (for Semester 2) Arabic 2 for Visiting Students. Placement test will take place during Welcome Week, please contact
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 80, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 6, Revision Session Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 276 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 64 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 16 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Semester 1:
Mid-semester test (10%)
Examination (40%): written 80%, oral 20%

Semester 2:
Mid-semester test (10%)
Examination (40%): written 80%, oral 20%
Feedback For the mid term tests, students will be given the chance to review their answer sheets/marks and the course organiser will go through all the questions with students in class.

For the oral exams, detailed feedback will be provided upon request.

For the written exams the will be a review of 1st semester examination during the second term & marks posted on Learn.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Arabic 23:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Listening: understand straightforward information about everyday related topics, follow clear speech directed at them, and follow some TV programmes on topics of personal interest.
  2. Reading: understand the main points in straightforward texts and subjects of personal interest, read through simple factual texts in magazines and newspapers, and read simple versions in novels and stories.
  3. Speaking: start a conversation on topics that are familiar, describe incidents, express their feelings, give prepared presentations, give practical instructions on how to do something and express their opinions on abstract topics.
  4. Writing: write about a variety of familiar subjects well enough for others to follow their story or argument, and write a detailed description of an experience, dream and imaginary event including feelings and reactions.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Study Abroad During the year, Arabic 2 students will be provided with information about their study abroad in the Middle East. Students can choose their preferred destination based on the information provided to them. Destinations where students can go change depending on the situation in the Middle East and the FCO advice. For most students, at least 30 weeks of approved residence must be spent in an Arabic-speaking country. For those taking another language as a joint degree with Arabic (e.g. French/Spanish/Persian) the minimum period of residence in the country of either language is eight consecutive weeks.
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 Lecture + 3 Seminar groups + 1 Oral tutorial
KeywordsIMES Arabic 2
Course organiserMrs Marwa Mouazen
Tel: (0131 6)50 4176
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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