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Arabic 4 (ARBC20005)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeARBC20005
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students in this subject start developing in-depth knowledge of the Arab World in general, as well as of individual countries in the region. This will include approaching the Middle East and North Africa from a historic perspective which is crucial to the critical understanding of its civilisation and to appreciating existing customs, lifestyle and prevailing values. Students will also enjoy reading and/or hearing information about, and texts by, extraordinary Arab writers, poets and singers giving expression to ideas, feelings and aspirations born in the Arab World. In this, students will be aided by the increasingly complex linguistic elements learnt in this course which will make it possible to enjoy the writings on the history of the Arab World, biographies, poems, reflective essays, informative reports and newspaper and magazine articles offered during this semester. Students will have the opportunity to convey their own views and opinions and to relate their own experiences in personal accounts and essays, and to present the results of their own small-scale research, conducted using library and web-based materials, in the form of oral presentations.

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;
  • 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 texts of moderate length and complexity, including accounts of personal experiences, informative articles and essays, and to prepare presentations based on independent small-scale research;
  • have developed the ability to understand longer stretches of connected discourse on a number of topics and to extract information from oral presentations slightly slower than normal speech;
  • have developed the ability to communicate spontaneously in situations requiring direct exchanges of information on familiar topics and activities, to present information and to participate in discussions on rehearsed topics;
  • have learnt more about various aspects of the history of the Middle East and North Africa information essential for understanding notions and issues of national identity and present-day politics, and have encountered some iconic personages of Arab political history;
  • have added to their knowledge of the values, beliefs and attitudes of the Arab World, as a result of engaging with written and spoken texts on religious customs and scriptures;
  • have acquired some familiarity with the achievements, thoughts and works of some great Arab poets and writers, and have enjoyed some products of Arab popular culture.

Eligibility and requirements


Students must have completed ARBC10001/ARBC20004 Arabic 3 or equivalent to be eligible to enrol in this subject, or have completed the Arabic Placement Test. New students will have their appropriate entry point determined by the Arabic Program, based on evidence of prior learning and/or a placement test as required. Placement test information available here.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ARBC10001 Arabic 3
Semester 1
ARBC20004 Arabic 3
Semester 1


Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Continuous homework assessment (8 pieces of written assignments) (throughout the semester) 15%
  • Continuous oral assessment (throughout the semester)15%
  • Reflective journal entries (8 pieces of 80~100 words each) (throughout the semester)10%
  • A 1-hour mid-semester written test (during the middle of semester) 15%
  • A 10-minute oral examination (during the examination period) 15%
  • A 2-hour written examination (during the examination period) 30%
  • Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject.
  • Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorChristina Mayer
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursA total of 48 hours: Two 2-hour language seminars per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Time commitment totals 170 hours.

Additional delivery details

Students who have successfully completed Arabic 2B ARBC20005 and ARBC10002 Arabic 4 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Brustad, K., Al-Batal, M. & Al-Tonsi, A., Al-Kitaab fii Ta 'allum al-'Arabiyya. A Textbook for Intermediate Arabic. Part 1. Washington, D. C.: Georgetown University Press. Second Edition

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Language Placement Test required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 11 October 2019