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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryArabic 2 consolidates the students' knowledge of modern standard Arabic. It is an intermediate course in modern standard Arabic (MSA). 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.
Course description Arabic 2 is an intermediate course in modern standard Arabic (MSA). This 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. 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. The course is aimed to introducing the Arabic language, culture and civilization to students. The course will concentrate on the main linguistic skills i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening. Specific attention will be given to the grammatical structure of Arabic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Arabic 1a (IMES08026) AND Arabic 1b (IMES08027)
Students MUST have passed:
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). Visiting students must first pass a placement test before being allowed to take these courses, which will take place during welcome week. Please contact to make arrangements.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  36
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 60 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Semester 1: coursework 10%, December Oral exam 10%, December written exam 30%. Semester 2: coursework 10%, Term 2 Oral exam 10%, May Written exam 30%
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 S2 (April/May)Arabic 23:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Arabic 23:00
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Arabic 23:00
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
All resources of the course are in-house materials and are available on Learn.

Further Reading:

Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (ed. J. M. Cowan)
Additional Information
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 texts, sources, and speech in the language.
C. Communication: Students will develop 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.
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,Spoken Arabic,Modern Standard Arabic,Integrated Approach,Grammar,Reading,Writing
Course organiserMrs Marwa Mouazen
Tel: (0131 6)50 4176
Course secretaryMr Callum Lennie
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