Postgraduate Course: Arabic 1b for PG Credit (IMES11104)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Arabic 1b for PG Credit is designed to complement the Arabic 1a for PG Credit elementary course in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It also continues to introduce students to the fundamentals of Spoken Arabic. It is worth 20 credits and runs in Semester 2 only.
Successful completion of Arabic 1a for PG Credit, or equivalent, is an essential requirement for entry to the course
1) Academic description: Arabic 1b for PG Credit is designed to complement the Arabic 1a for PG Credit elementary course in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It also continues to introduce students to the fundamentals of Spoken Arabic. It is worth 20 credits and runs in Semester 2 only. Successful completion of Arabic 1a for PG Credit, or equivalent, is an essential requirement for entry to the course. Students will learn how to use Arabic grammar and vocabulary related to topics such as tourism, sport and leisure, the weather, daily life, media, and culture; conduct basic social conversations, and conversations about specific topics; extract information from longer texts, and write passages in Modern Standard Arabic.
2) Outline Content: Weeks 1-3 focus on the present tense, daily routine, and hobbies and free time. Weeks 4-5 focus on the root system and Arabic verb forms. Weeks 6-10 focus on intermediate grammar and syntax topics, such as the future tense, complex sentences expressing reasons and purposes, the subjunctive, and conditionals.
3) Student Learning Experience: Students normally take 1 hour of lecture (grammar) class and 4 hours of seminar (language practice, including a blend of speaking, grammar, and reading practice) classes every week. They also engage with weekly homework assignments, including writing and listening assignments; and online content, including explanatory videos, audio lessons, and vocabulary and grammar quizzes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 8,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: 40% - Coursework mark will be derived from weekly assessed exercises or tests.
Written Exam: 60% - (written and oral components)
||Students will receive feedback on formative homework assignments on a weekly basis
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Arabic 1b||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Read, write, and talk confidently about a range of topics such as daily life, sport and leisure, education, weather, holidays, festivals, and culture and media.
- Use a wide range of Arabic grammatical structures, including the present and future tense, comparatives and superlatives, the subjunctive, complex sentences such as conditionals and subordinates, the derived forms of the Arabic verb, and verb sub-types including hollow, final weak, and doubled verbs.
- Use a range of Spoken Arabic vocabulary and grammatical structures to talk about habitual events, future plans, wishes, desires, and needs, and giving opinions.
- Read and extract targeted information from longer texts, and write both narrative and reflective essays in Modern Standard Arabic on familiar topics.
|All resources for the course are in-house material and are available on Learn. |
Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar, Mastering Arabic 1 (3rd edition)
Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar, Mastering Arabic Grammar
Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (ed. J. M. Cowan)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||A. Research and Enquiry: Students will be able to use the Arabic they have learned in research projects, and seek out opportunities in the Arab world and in communication with Arabic speakers.
B. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: Students will be able to understand and independently evaluate longer texts, sources, and speech in Arabic; and be able to reflect and give opinions in the language.
C. Communication: Students will further develop their communication skills in Spoken and Standard (written) Arabic, and enhance their understanding of and engagement with the Middle East and Arabic-speaking communities.
D. Personal effectiveness: Students will learn to function independently in advanced elementary Arabic, influence positively through communicating with others in Arabic, and adapt to new situations where Arabic is spoken.
|Keywords||Modern Standard Arabic,Reading,Speaking,Translation from/into Arabic,Grammar
|Course organiser||Dr Jona Fras
Tel: (0131 6)50 3625
|Course secretary||Mrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161