ISC313 – Arabic 3


Further development of Arabic Grammer is made through the following topics, while linking the topics to themes in culture, reading and spoken Arabic:

  • Kam, numbers, the accusative, tenses of the verb, the doubled verb
  • The Active and passive participle, the omission of Nūn in genitive
  • The passive verbs; Kaana and its sisters
  • Noun of place, Broken Plural, Diptote, Inna and its sisters
  • Artificial genitive; Afčal al-Tafďīl,  Accusative of specification, Comparative and superlatives
  • Indicative pronouns; the Nisba plural, the Ĥāl, the manqūş noun
  • The verb whose root begins with waw, Imperative, assimilative  verb (mithāl), Negation and Prohibition, the jussive and the imperative lām, Maa in exclamatory expressions (Maa al-Tačajub)
  • Form Iftačala, expression of Time ‘Eithin, Awzaān al-Fičl, Mā, Min
  • Negation and prohibition of Lā, the Objects, the hallow verbs
  • Kāda and its sisters, the incomplete verb

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the successful student will be able to:

  • Justify use of advanced rules of Modern Standard Arabic.(A6)
  • Read and revise various texts and short stories fluently in Arabic and understand text. (A6)

This module will call for the successful student to:

  • Read from and discuss some of the more complex structures of Modern Standard Arabic, and be able to translate sentences from Arabic into English, and vice-versa and to write short essays on familiar topics (C1, C6, D1, D4)
  • Build upon Arabic Grammar to formal written and spoken Arabic (D2, C4)
  • Speak about himself/herself and his/her environment and sustain conversation on numbers of familiar taught topics and have learnt some aspect of Arabic and Islamic culture (B6, C6, D3)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

The module will be taught through lectures, class exercise and conversation, discussion, listing to DVD records of native speakers on different occasions listed in the textbook and group tutorials conducted in the spoken hours of the module.  Students will present and discuss work in progress.  Students are expected to develop their skill independently and in group environment. Students should attend class well prepared and complete assignments on time. All assignments must be handed in at the beginning of class on due date. Developing language skills in an on-going process requires regular study, practice at home and in class; hence regular attendance is essential.

Assessment Modes

Formative Assessment:
Students are set bi-weekly formative assignments on Arabic, and receive feedback as they are handed in throughout the year. Although portfolios are done during class, students are required to see the module leader regularly in tutorials to receive formative feedback on their performance and support with their portfolio work. Additionally, revision sessions are arranged that will cover topics in preparation for exams, continuously strengthening and developing students’ competence in the Arabic language.  Moreover, tutorial time enables the module leader to supported continuously while providing the opportunity for constant engagement with the language, and constructive feedback related to the development of language skills.

Summative Assessment:
Summative, graded assessment is by portfolio, which will comprise of three exercises to be completed in class, of around 350 words each, on syllabus topics assigned by the lecturer (Outcomes 4, 5). Additionally, a 2 hour written examination will take place at the end of the yearlong module (Outcomes 1, 2, 3).

Assessment Weighting
Portfolio: 30%
Written examination: 70%

Learning Materials

Core readings

  • Brustad, K., Al-Batal, and Al-Tonsi (2006), Al Kitaab Fii Tačallum al-čArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic Part One Georgetown University Press; 2nd Bk & DVD edition.