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Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Arabic Language 1

Unit code MEST51011
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This is a beginner’s level language course for students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. On completion of this course, the student will be able to understand simple instructions, respond appropriately in everyday situations, express themselves using limited vocabulary and formulaic expressions and use the target language in a limited number of contexts and simple grammar. By the end of the course the students are expected to achieve competence in Arabic approximately equivalent to A1 (common reference) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).  The course content is based on a set course book plus supplementary material.

Pre/co-requisites

Available to students on the following programmes:
Arabic Studies, MLBM and Arabic, Arabic with a European Languages.

Please note:

Arabic Language classes run by Middle Eastern

Studies are available  to Students from A/MES

and Minor

Aims

The aim is to familiarize the students with the Arabic Alphabet and introduce them to simple spoken and written forms and grammar of the language and to enable them to begin to express themselves in simple role-play and simple dialogues, and to begin to read simple authentic texts.  

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Syllabus

The course content is based on a set course book plus supplementary materials* Information about Arab culture will be introduced implicitly and/or explicitly within topics covered.

Teaching and learning methods

6 language classes weekly.  Classes consist of formal grammar teaching and practice of the functions of the grammatical structures through reading, writing, translation, speaking and listening exercises.

Students are encouraged to become members of the University Language Centre http://www.langcent.manchester.ac.uk) and to use its resources regularly. There will be weekly assignments.

Office Hours: 2 hours per week

 

Overview of Blackboard content:

This course and all its materials are available on the online platform Blackboard. There will be resources to extend on classroom work and for self-study. Work will be classified according to skill, e.g. Reading, listening, Grammar, etc. and there will also be folders for work done week by week. 

 

Extra-curricular activities:

  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

All students will be allocated to a PASS group.  Sessions are run by pairs of higher year student leaders who have taken the course, in which attendees have a chance to actively discuss difficult course concepts with their peers.  Sessions focus on problem solving in groups in a tutor-free environment where students can raise key questions with each other and, in doing so, understand the material better themselves.  PASS is student-led, informal, friendly and hopefully fun.  

  • Middle Eastern Film Club, taking part in celebrations of Middle Eastern Festivals

Knowledge and understanding

  • Identify the Arabic Alphabet and familiarize themselves with the sounds, and simple grammatical rules 
  • Acquire some vocabulary which will help them to conduct basic conversations
  • Read and comprehend simple texts and identify the basic sentence construction in Arabic.

Intellectual skills

  • Engage in problem solving activities, working on comprehension, oral and aural skills.

Practical skills

  • Enable the students to use the language communication skills in everyday activities and to a limited extent, in the work situation. Students will principally be able to:
  • Introduce themselves
  • Find about other people
  • Read notices, signs, advertisements and simple messages
  • Write simple messages and filling forms.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • develop their ability to improve their independent learning and performance by identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • develop their personal organization and time management skills.
  • develop their interpersonal and communicative skill through group work inside and outside the class-room and preparing  written and oral classroom presentations.
  • begin to gain awareness of and responsiveness to cultural diversity and intercultural communication.

Assessment methods

An overall of 40% pass mark is required in order to progress to the next level

Continuous written assessment in-class:

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

 

 

10%

10%

20%

Written exam –January 

1.5 hours

60%

The rubric for all exams including content, style, word count and length will be specified on BlackBoard.

 

 

Formative Assessment:

Students will have formative assessment during the semester to assess their progress and to give them written feedback on it. This will be spread over the weeks and will test all four language skills. 

Feedback methods

Feedback for this module consists of:

  • Formative feedback on weekly assignment

In-class comments on language learning and students’ performance in Oral and Written Arabic

Written comments on assignments/homework throughout the year.

Face to face feedback if required.

  • Summative feedback

Feedback sheets indicating the quality of the exam performance in the various categories will be available to students.

 


 

Recommended reading

Course Book (Subject to change with prior notice):

- Alif Baa Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds (Third Edition, with DVD) (Arabic) Paperback – 30 Jun 2010 by Kristen Brustad  (Author), Mahmoud Al-Batal (Author), Abbas Al-Tonsi (Author)

- Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya - A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part 1, 3rd Edition (Arabic Edition) by Brustad, Kristen, Al-Batal, Mahmoud, Al-Tonsi, Abbas (2011) Paperback Paperback

Students are required to be in possession of a dictionary when the classes start.

Doniach, N.S. et al., The Concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary (Oxford: OUP, 1984);

Wehr, Hans, Arabic-English dictionary (Urbana, Illinois: Spoken Languages Services, 1994).

RECOMMENDED READING

Abboud, P.F. et al. (eds), Elementary Modern Standard Arabic (EMSA) (Cambridge: CUP, 3rd ed. 1983).

Mace, J., Arabic Grammar (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998);

Wightwick, J. & Gaafar, M., Mastering Arabic (including CD pack) (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 1990).

Gaafar, M & Wightwick, J., Easy Arabic Reader (London: McGraw-Hill, 2011).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 178

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Orieb Masadeh-Tate Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Extra-curricular activities:

  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) All students will be allocated to a PASS group.  Sessions are run by pairs of higher year student leaders who have taken the                                                                                  

course, in which attendees have a chance to actively discuss difficult course concepts with their peers.  Sessions focus on problem solving in groups in a tutor-free environment where students can raise key questions with each other and, in doing so, understand the material better themselves.  PASS is student-led, informal, friendly and hopefully fun.  Students who attend PASS regularly have been shown to achieve higher marks than those who do not, frequently by as much as a grade boundary.

  • Middle Eastern Film Club, taking part in celebrations of Middle Eastern Festivals.

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