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Postgraduate Course: Arabic 1a for PG Credit (IMES11103)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryArabic 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.
Course description 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. Students who complete Arabic 1a for PG Credit will be able to continue with Arabic 1b for PG Credit in Semester 2. 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 texts and audiovisual material, 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 5 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements PLEASE NOTE: This course is designed for complete beginners with no previous knowledge of Arabic of any kind. Students considering taking Arabic 1a as an elective course who have knowledge of Arabic at or beyond CEFR A2 level, or students who are native speakers of Arabic, should not enrol in this course, as this would be considered academic misconduct. In such cases the students will be asked to leave the course.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 50, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 133 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (Mid-Semester Test): 20%
Oral Exam: 20%
Written Exam: 60%
Feedback Students will receive feedback on formative homework assignments on a weekly basis.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Arabic 1a3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Arabic 1a3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read and write the Arabic script.
  2. Use basic Arabic grammatical structures such as nominal sentences, noun-adjective phrases, the iDaafa, and verbs in the past tense.
  3. Use Arabic vocabulary related to basic topics such as family, greetings, professions, describing people and places, food and drink, and past events.
  4. Use Spoken Arabic confidently to understand and conduct conversations, including greetings, introductions, talking about one's family, and talking about past events.
  5. Read and extract information from texts and audiovisual material of a range of types (e.g. advertisements, short media passages, short audio and video recordings), and write short narrative essays in Modern Standard Arabic.
Reading List
All resources for the course are in-house material and are available on Learn.

Further Reading:
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)
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 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.
KeywordsModern Standard Arabic,Integrated Approach,Grammar,Speaking,Reading,Writing,Translation
Course organiserDr Jona Fras
Tel: (0131 6)50 3625
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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