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LL131 - Arabic 1

  • Module code: LL131
  • Module name: Arabic 1
  • Department: Language Centre
  • Credit: 24, 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will be offered to students with very little or no prior knowledge of Arabic. Arabic is often considered to have various spoken varieties whilst the written form is uniform and understood by all educated Arabs. These spoken varieties span over 22 Arab countries. Arabic is also spoken in many Islamic countries where the medium is mainly the holy book “al-Quran’. Spoken Arabic can be roughly divided into four major linguistic entities: Eastern Mediterranean (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine), the Gulf region, North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria), and the Sudan, Libya and Egypt forming the last one. Despite these divisions or various spoken varieties, the function and the structure of the language remain largely the same, as the similarities far outweigh the differences. Accordingly, from a learning perspective, if the foreign learner masters the basic commands of the function and structure of one variety, then s/he will be able to communicate with speakers of other varieties as long as the processes of similarities and differences are explained by the tutor and understood by the learner. In other words, the differences between the colloquial and standard forms become less. This module will introduce students to the spoken variety of Modern Standard Arabic that is understood across all Arabic speaking countries. By mastering this form, students will be able with audio and visual aids to reduce this form to what is termed “colloquial varieties or dialects” Another important aim of this course is to introduce students to Arabic culture, tradition and society where appropriate.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will: have come to understand some of the main features of Arabic-speaking societies and how the Arabic language reflects these. (Cultural competence is an essential part of communicative competence); have gained an elementary understanding of Arabic sentence construction and be able to apply this in spoken and written formulation of simple, everyday language; developed a reasonable standard of pronunciation of Arabic; be able to recognise common signs and formal indicators. Recognise and use Arabic script in this context; be able to compose short dialogues and notes in Arabic script.

Timetabled teaching activities

3 hours language classes per week, plus at least 3 hours structured independent learning each week. Commencing Term 1, week 2.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/languagecentre/academic/arabic/ll131

Other essential notes

No module can be selected without first coming to the Language Centre to establish the correct language level (according to prior knowledge) and specific timetable slot. Further information on levels and outcomes can be found at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/languagecentre/academic/levels/ .

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
24 CATS (Module code: LL131-24)
B2 (Examination only) locally Adminstered Exam 10%
locally Adminstered Exam 30%
locally Adminstered Exam 25%
locally Adminstered Exam 35%
Assessed Course Work 100%
30 CATS (Module code: LL131-30)
B1 (Examination only) locally Adminstered Exam 10%
locally Adminstered Exam 30%
locally Adminstered Exam 25%
locally Adminstered Exam 35%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
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