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In this subject students will continue studying Arabic language and culture at an advanced level, through in-depth study of Arabic stylistic and rhetorical devices as well as of the finer details of Arabic syntax. In the process, students will have the opportunity to study in some depth the Classical Arabic literary tradition through reading and discussing some of the finest examples of Classical Arabic poetry and relevant critical and analytical writings by Arab scholars and intellectuals which will enhance their understanding of the Classical Arabic language. Students at this level will also read modern Arabic short stories, and study modern Arab culture in its historical context through the reading and discussion of essays, analytical texts and full-length editorial articles on a range of issues. Reading activities will be supported and supplemented by opportunities to listen to recorded presentations of greater complexity and length by Arab scholars and intellectuals, and to conduct small-scale research for presentations. Students will enjoy intensive language practice to help develop their discourse (both written and spoken) and will be producing carefully constructed analytical and critical essays and oral presentations of substantial complexity in an assured and personal style of their own.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed the ability to read & understand a wide range of long & complex texts on Arabic language & literature, as well as on Arab history & culture;
- have developed the ability to understand & appreciate Arabic literary texts ranging from modern Arabic literary prose to Classical Arabic poetry;
- have developed a good understanding of a variety of issues in Arabic literature, literary criticism & Arab history & culture;
- have developed the ability to write clear and well-structured expositions on complex subjects with a high degree of grammatical accuracy, in an assured & personal style, appropriate to the topic & to the target reader;
- have developed the ability to take detailed notes during lectures on different topics & to summarise long, demanding spoken texts;
- have developed the ability to follow lectures, discussions & debates without too much difficulty;
- have developed the ability to express themselves with clarity & precision in oral discussions & debates, using language flexibly & effectively, & to deliver extended, well-structured, sophisticated oral presentations on a variety of topics.
Last updated: 3 October 2023