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In this subject students will engage with Arabic language and culture at an advanced level, through close study of Arabic stylistic and rhetorical devices as well as of the finer details of Arabic syntax. In the process, they will be reading literary and historic texts, critical articles, book excerpts and evaluative and argumentative essays of substantial length and academic standards, pertaining to Arabic literature, Arab culture, history and political economy. They will also enjoy reading some examples of Arabic popular literature. Reading activities will be supported and supplemented by opportunities to listen to recorded presentations of greater complexity and length by Arab intellectuals and literati, and to conduct small-scale research.
Students will enjoy intensive language practice to help develop their discourse (both written and spoken) and will be producing carefully constructed written texts and oral presentations of substantial complexity in an assured and personal style of their own. Apart from Modern Standard Arabic, students will be exposed to Classical Arabic prose as well as modern idiomatic and conversational forms, learning to follow extended discourse on complex and/or abstract topics, including some non-standard language.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Have developed the ability to understand and interpret long and complex texts on Arabic literature, Arab culture, history and political economy, appreciating distinctions in style
- Have developed the ability to write different kinds of texts with a high degree of grammatical accuracy, in an assured and personal style, appropriate to the topic and to the target reader
- Have developed the ability to understand extended discourse of high complexity and academic standards on a variety of topics related to Arabic literature and Arab history and culture, without much effort
- Have developed the ability to follow discourse partially presented slightly slower than normal speed in non-standard language and containing some idiomatic forms
- Have developed the ability to formulate ideas and opinions with precision in oral discussion on a range of issues, and to deliver extended, well-structured, sophisticated oral presentations on a variety of topics
- Have developed an understanding of some issues of Arabic literature, history and political economy
Last updated: 1 March 2024