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Students will be fine-tuning what they have learnt so far of Arabic structures, will be adding to their already substantial knowledge of Arabic syntax, and will be sharpening their analytical skills. In the process, they will be reading Arabic poetry, mediaeval tales, literary prose, informative writing, studies, evaluative, persuasive and argumentative articles, and producing their own pieces of informative, evaluative, argumentative, persuasive and imaginative writing. They will also gain insight into the ongoing debate on classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic, and the future of the Arabic language. Students will be watching/listening to TV programs on current affairs and on topics of personal and/or professional interest, interviews and short lectures which will also help to further develop their listening comprehension skills. They will take part in discussions and debates expressing opinions and conveying emotions on a range of more complex cultural, social and political topics. While developing students’ proficiency in the language, the various activities will also help them gain a deeper understanding about the history and culture of the Middle East and the Arab World and of Islam and modern politics.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed the ability to read and interact with a variety of Arabic text types such as tales, poetry, literary prose, informative writing, studies, evaluative, persuasive and argumentative articles, handling unvocalised texts without much difficulty;
- have deepened their understanding of important grammatical structures of the Arabic language along with an understanding of their functions, and the ability to use these to engage in sophisticated written and oral communication;
- have developed the ability to produce complex narratives, informative, imagininative, evaluative, argumentative and persuasive writing;
- have developed the ability to understand the main ideas and many details of complex connected discourse on a variety of topics spoken slower than normal speed;
- have developed a clear spoken facility in MSA enabling them to elaborate, narrate, describe & evaluate, to take part in discussions and debates, and to prepare and deliver presentations on a variety of topics;
- have become acquainted with the oral literary traditions of the Middle East;
- have gained more insight into the political and cultural history and movements of the Arabs and the Middle East, and into traditional and modern intellectual movements;
- have been exposed to information about Islam and politics today.
Last updated: 3 October 2023