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This subject forms a thorough introduction to spoken and written Arabic language and Arab culture for students with some knowledge of Arabic. Students will gain an understanding of, and the ability to use constructively some important structures of the language. Vocabulary and grammar will be learnt and activated through working with texts affording insights into Arab culture, at this stage concentrating on sociocultural matters related to interpersonal, intergenerational and family relations, some aspects of everyday living and social conventions. Students will also begin developing a good knowledge of the Arab World, its countries, aspects of traditions and some of the personages who have helped shape the ideas that have informed its recent past. They will acquire the ability to express themselves at a basic level about these topics both in speaking and in writing. In the process, students will be aided by state-of-the-art textbooks, authentic language materials, both written and audio-visual, and the interactive online program developed by Asia Institute staff.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed the ability to read, and to interact with, a variety of Arabic text types (e.g. advertisements, menus, brochures, descriptions, short biographies and autobiographical profiles, questionnaires, and informative articles);
- have acquired some basic grammatical structures along with an understanding of their functions and the ability to use these structures effectively to extract meaning from texts and to construct meaning and thus to engage in written and oral interaction;
- have developed the ability to create a variety of written text types in Arabic (e.g. [auto]biographical information, personal accounts, personal letters, descriptions, journal entries, short stories, etc.);
- have developed the ability to understand short stretches of spoken discourse related to basic personal and family information and everyday life;
- have developed a clear spoken facility at a basic level in Modern Standard Arabic, have developed the ability to initiate and sustain brief conversations on familiar topics;
- have deepened, and added to, already acquired sociocultural knowledge related to interpersonal relations, living conditions, culinary traditions and everyday living in the Arab World, and have acquired some sociolinguistic competence facilitating appropriate interaction with the peoples of the Arab World;
- have acquired more detailed knowledge of some Arab countries and cities.
Last updated: 20 February 2024