QAC14 – Analytical Grammar


The syllabus topics for this module largely follow the pace and structure of the material covered in the Morphology and Syntax modules. The topics covered include:

  • What is Analytical Grammar?
  • The Moods of the Imperfect Verb (al-Fi‘l al-Muḍāri‘)
  • Morphological Analysis of Verbs
  • The Cases of the Noun (al-’Ism)
  • Hidden Vowel Signs of a Declinable Noun
  • Morphological Analysis of Nouns
  • The Adjective (al-Na‘t) and the Conjuction (al-‘Atf)
  • The Emphatic (al-Tawkīd) and the Apposition (al-Badl)
  • Desinential Syntax (al-I’rāb) of Indeclinable Words and Sentences
  • Prepositions (al-Ḥurūf)

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Outline examples of words and sentences, displaying a deep appreciation of Arabic grammatical rules (A1, A3)
  • Effectively select and apply grammatical rules to exhibit a strong grasp of the nuances of grammatical structures (B1, B2, B3)
  • Analyse the grammatical structure of words and sentences (B2, B3)

This module will call for successful students to:

  • Correctly read and translate classical and academic Arabic into English (B2, C1, C4, D1, D2, D3)
  • Outline Arabic grammar resources to examine the grammatical analysis of verses of the Qur’an (C2, D5, D6)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Learning and teaching on this module centres on completing exercises, solving grammatical problems and answering questions posed by the teacher and by students. Grammatical rules covered in Morphology and Syntax are fully reviewed, and extra support is provided by the teacher wherever necessary. The portfolio of student’s work requires learners to apply their learning to carefully selected verses of the Qur’an and traditions. Students are expected to discuss material covered in the course 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 4, 5). The written examination will take place at the end of the module (Outcomes 1, 2, 3).

Assessment Weighting
Portfolio: 30%
Written examination: 70%

Learning Materials

Core Reading
Darwish, M. (1994). ‘Irab al-Qur’an wa Bayanuh. Damascus: Dar al-Irshad. Safi, M. (1997). Al-Jadwal fi ‘Irab al-Qur’an. Damascus: Dar al-Rashid.