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This subject is for students with very little or no knowledge of Arabic. Students will be introduced to the sounds of the Arabic language and to the letters and symbols of its writing system, start building their vocabulary and gain an understanding of, and the ability to use constructively some basic structures of the language. Vocabulary and grammar will be learnt and activated through working with texts affording students insights into Arab culture, at this stage concentrating on basic sociocultural matters related to some aspects of everyday living and social conventions. In the process, students will be aided by state-of-the-art textbooks, authentic materials, both written and audio-visual, and the interactive online program developed by Asia Institute staff. Along the way, students will learn to study the language actively and interactively, become audiovisual learners and develop learning strategies to enable them to eventually become self-sufficient language learners capable of independently engaging in the perpetual process of learning a language.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have learnt to read all letters of the Arabic alphabet and all Arabic vowel signs in printed materials and very clear handwriting, to pronounce the sounds of Arabic, and to write all Arabic letters and vowel signs;
- have developed the ability to read, and to interact with, simple authentic Arabic texts (e.g. charts, diagrams, lists, advertisements, information leaflets, descriptions of people, places and events, weather forecasts, etc.);
- have acquired some basic grammatical structures and the ability to use these effectively to extract meaning from Arabic texts, and to construct meaning and to engage in written and oral interaction;
- have developed the ability to create simple written texts in Arabic (e.g. charts, lists, information leaflets, descriptions of people and events, personal letters, advertisements);
- have learnt about the different varieties of the Arabic language and have been exposed to some of them in the process of developing listening comprehension skills;
- have developed a spoken facility at a basic level in Modern Standard Arabic, have acquired to ability to initiate and sustain brief conversations on daily-life topics, to speak about oneself and one's family and friends;
- have learnt about some social conventions and gained important sociocultural knowledge related to interpersonal relations in the Arab World (concentrating on family and friends);
- have learnt to orientate themselves in the Arab World, to name and to locate on the map the countries of the Middle East and North Africa and their capitals.
Last updated: 1 March 2024