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Arabic 6 (ARBC20007)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeARBC20007
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students will be fine-tuning what they have learnt so far of Arabic structures, will be adding to their already substantial knowledge of Arabic syntax, and will be sharpening their analytical skills. In the process, they will be reading Arabic poetry, mediaeval tales, literary prose, informative writing, studies, evaluative, persuasive and argumentative articles, and producing their own pieces of informative, evaluative, argumentative, persuasive and imaginative writing. They will also gain insight into the ongoing debate on classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic, and the future of the Arabic language. Students will be watching/listening to TV programs on current affairs and on topics of personal and/or professional interest, interviews and short lectures which will also help to further develop their listening comprehension skills. They will take part in discussions and debates expressing opinions and conveying emotions on a range of more complex cultural, social and political topics. While developing students’ proficiency in the language, the various activities will also help them gain a deeper understanding about the history and culture of the Middle East and the Arab World and of Islam and modern politics.

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 such as tales, poetry, literary prose, informative writing, studies, evaluative, persuasive and argumentative articles, handling unvocalised texts without much difficulty;
  • have deepened their understanding of important grammatical structures of the Arabic language along with an understanding of their functions, and the ability to use these to engage in sophisticated written and oral communication;
  • have developed the ability to produce complex narratives, informative, imagininative, evaluative, argumentative and persuasive writing;
  • have developed the ability to understand the main ideas and many details of complex connected discourse on a variety of topics spoken slower than normal speed;
  • have developed a clear spoken facility in MSA enabling them to elaborate, narrate, describe & evaluate, to take part in discussions and debates, and to prepare and deliver presentations on a variety of topics;
  • have become acquainted with the oral literary traditions of the Middle East;
  • have gained more insight into the political and cultural history and movements of the Arabs and the Middle East, and into traditional and modern intellectual movements;
  • have been exposed to information about Islam and politics today.

Generic skills

Eligibility and requirements


Students must have completed either ARBC20006 Arabic 5 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 here.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ARBC20006 Arabic 5
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects

Students who have successfully completed ARBC10004/ARBC30005 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ARBC10004 Arabic 6
Semester 2
ARBC30005 Arabic 6
Semester 2

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%
  • One piece of analytical/critical writing of 500 words (during the middle of semester) 10%
  • Continuous oral assessment (throughout the semester) 15%
  • A 1-hour mid-semester written test (during the middle of semester) 15%
  • A 15-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 2
    Principal coordinatorAbdul Abdullah
    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

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Please consult subject LMS site.

  • 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: 21 August 2019