Postgraduate Course: Arabic 1a for PG Credit (IMES11103)
|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 1a for PG Credit is an elementary course in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It also introduces students to the fundamentals of spoken Arabic. It is worth 20 credits and runs in Semester 1 only. No previous knowledge of Arabic is required for entry to the course.
1) Academic description: Arabic 1a for PG Credit is an elementary course in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It also introduces students to the fundamentals of spoken Arabic. It is worth 20 credits and runs in Semester 1 only. No previous knowledge of Arabic is required for entry to the course. Students will learn how to use Arabic grammar and vocabulary related to basic topics such as the family, food, and travel; conduct basic social conversations; extract information from short text, and write short passages in Modern Standard Arabic.
2) Outline Content: Weeks 1-3 focus on the alphabet, and basic conversational phrases. Weeks 4-6 focus on basic grammar, such as adjectives, demonstratives, the iDaafa, and non-verbal sentences. Weeks 7-10 focus on verbs in the past tense, the verbal noun (maSdar), and further grammar topics such as case endings.
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 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 8,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40,
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 (Mid-Semester Test): 20%
Oral Exam: 20%
Written Exam: 60%
||Students will receive feedback on formative homework assignments on a weekly basis.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Arabic 1a||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Arabic 1a||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Read and write the Arabic script.
- Use basic Arabic grammatical structures such as nominal sentences, noun-adjective phrases, the iDaafa, and verbs in the past tense.
- Use Arabic vocabulary related to basic topics such as family, greetings, professions, describing people and places, food and drink, and past events.
- Use Spoken Arabic confidently to engage in basic conversations, including greetings, introductions, talking about one's family, and talking about past events.
- Read and extract the basic information from short texts and write short narrative essays in Modern Standard Arabic.
|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 basic 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 read the Arabic script, and understand and independently evaluate basic texts, sources, and speech in the language.
C. Communication: Students will develop basic 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 basic Arabic, influence positively through communicating with others in Arabic, and adapt to new situations where Arabic is spoken.
|Keywords||Modern Standard Arabic,Integrated Approach,Grammar,Speaking,Reading,Writing,Translation
|Course organiser||Dr Jona Fras
Tel: (0131 6)50 3625
|Course secretary||Mrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161