QAC10 – Morphology


  • Introduction to Morphology
  • Nunation (al-Tanwīn) and the Absence of Vowels (al-Sukūn)
  • The Vocals (al-Ḍawābit), Hamzah and Weak Letters (Ḥurūf al-‘Illah)
  • Types of Verbs
  • Conjugation of the Verb with its Pronouns x Types of Nouns
  • Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers (al-‘Adad al-Aṣlī and al-‘Adad al-Tartībī)
  • Desinential Syntax (al-‘Irāb) of Nouns and Verbs
  • Indeclinable Nouns and Verbs
  • Hidden Vowels
  • The Inflective and Non-Inflective Noun (al-Fi‘l al-Munṣarif and Ghayr al-Munṣarif)
  • Prepositions (al-Ḥurūf)

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the basic structures of Arabic verbs and nouns (A1, A3, D5)
  • Point out ways in which forms affect the meanings of the three letter root words (A1)

This module will call for the successful student to:

  • Conjugate Arabic verbs to convey appropriate meanings (B1, B2, C1, D2)
  • Effectively select and use Arabic to English dictionaries, lexicons and online Arabic grammar resources (C2, C4, D6)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Lectures provide the basic structure of this module. The use of questioning and small group work in class ensures that students are constantly engaged and take an active role in the learning process. The portfolio of students’ work requires learners to apply their learning to carefully selected words from the Qur’an and traditions. Students are expected to discuss material presented in class in their mubāḥathah (study circle) sessions to enhance understanding and retention.

Assessment Modes
Students are set 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, graded assessment is by portfolio and written examination. The portfolio will comprise of three completed exercises of around 350 words each on topics covered in class (Outcomes 3,4). The written examination will take place at the end of the module (Outcomes 1, 2).

Assessment Weighting
Portfolio: 30 %
Written examination: 70 %

Learning materials

Core Reading
Al-Shartuni, R. (2007). Mabadi al-Arabiyyah. Qum: Dar al-Ilm.