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Arabic 3 (ARBC20004)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeARBC20004
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students will be introduced to more complex elements and functions of the language which will enable them to read and engage with authentic texts of moderate complexity ranging from advertisements, personal and formal letters and emails through newspaper articles and informative texts to biographies, which will allow them not only to internalise vocabulary and structures but also to gain a better understanding of the historical, intellectual and spiritual currents informing present-day Arab society and culture. The various audio-visual activities, accessed through the course DVDs, the LMS and the Internet, will further develop students’ listening comprehension and help maintain and augment existing knowledge of vocabulary and structures. Knowledge gained through developing reading and listening skills will be conducive to activating vocabulary and structures, and students will be able to see their progress through the varied writing and speaking activities offering plenty of opportunities for communication.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • have started reading unvocalised and texts, and have developed the ability to read and interact with a variety of Arabic text types (e.g. advertisements, personal and formal letters, short biographies, newspaper articles, tour itineraries, brochures and informative texts;
  • 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 produce personal and informative texts by writing accounts of personal experiences, reflective journal entries, personal and formal letters, descriptions and biographies of moderate complexity;
  • have developed the ability to understand short stretches of discourse on familiar topics and to extract information from oral presentations slower than normal speed;
  • have learnt about some modern & historical cultural issues and trends in the Arab World and about the work and achievements of some Arab poets, writers and thinkers.

Eligibility and requirements


Students must have completed ARBC10006 Arabic 2 or equivalent to be eligible to enrol in this subject.

New students will have their appropriate entry point determined by the Arabic Program, based on evidence of prior learning and/or results of a placement test as required. Placement Test information available here.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ARBC10006 Arabic 2
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects

Students who have successfully completed ARBC10001 or ARBC20004 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ARBC10001 Arabic 3
Semester 1

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



  • 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 assessment tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    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 period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

Time commitment totals 170 hours.

Additional delivery details

Students completing a majot or a Diploma must also enrol in ARBC20001 Arabic in Context 1 in this semester.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Brustad, K., Al-Batal, M & Al-Tonsi, A., Alkitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya. A textbook for beginning Arabic. Part 1, Washington DC. : Georgetown University Press. Edition TBA.

  • Subject notes

  • 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: 22 May 2019