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This subject offers students the opportunity to learn, internalise and activate more sophisticated aspects of Arabic morphology and syntax and to develop a deeper analytical understanding of the language. This will be achieved through interacting with a variety of written and spoken texts ranging from travellers’ accounts to biographical pieces, evaluative and analytical articles to interviews and short lectures. These will allow students to further their understanding of the history of the Middle East, Islam and Muslim society, as well as modern educational and social trends and movements emerging in the region. Conversations and discussions will provide opportunities to express one’s own opinions and feelings on topics of cultural, social and political nature. Written expression will be developed through the preparation of resumes, summaries, complex narratives, descriptive, informative and evaluative pieces, and students will be able to engage in the creative process of producing analytical/critical writing of their own.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed the ability to interact with unvocalised texts with some support, and to use dictionariesindependently to read texts ranging from travel narratives to informative, analytical and evaluative writing and essays;
- have acquired some important grammatical structures of the Arabic language along with an understanding of their functions, and the ability to use these effectively to construct meaning and to engage in written and oral communication;
- have developed the ability to write resumes, summaries, complex narratives, informative and evaluative pieces, and to produce analytical/critical writing;
- have developed the ability to understand the main ideas and many details of connected discourse on a variety of topics spoken at slower than normal speed;
- have developed the ability to elaborate, narrate, describe and evaluate, to prepare and deliver presentations of significant length and some complexity on a wide range of topics, and can handle many normal, high frequency social conversational situations;
- have added to their knowledge of the values, beliefs and religious observances and rites of the Arab World, as a result of engaging with written and spoken texts on such topics;
- have learnt about some aspects of the history of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and Muslim society.
Last updated: 3 October 2023