Arabic 5

Subject ARBC10003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 2-hour language seminars per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Time commitment totals 170 hours.


Students must have completed ARBC10002 Arabic 4 or equivalent to be eligible to enrol in this subject.

New students will have their appropriate entry point determined by the Arabic Program, based on evidence of prior learning and/or results of a placement test as required. Placement Test information available here.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Christina Mayer



Subject Overview:

This subject offers students the opportunity to learn, internalise and activate more sophisticated aspects of Arabic morphology and syntax and to develop a deeper analytical understanding of the language. This will be achieved through interacting with a variety of written and spoken texts ranging from travellers' accounts through pieces, evaluative and analytical articles to interviews and short lectures. These will allow students to further their understanding of the history of the Middle East, Islam and Muslim society, as well as modern educational and social trends and movements emerging in the region. Conversations and discussions will provide opportunities to express one’s own opinions and feelings on topics of cultural, social and political nature. Written expression will be developed through the preparation of resumes, summaries, complex narratives, descriptive, informative and evaluative pieces.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

have developed the ability to interact with unvocalised texts with some support, and to use dictionaries independently to read texts ranging from travel narratives to informative, analytical and evaluative writing and essays;
have acquired some important grammatical structures of the Arabic language along with an understanding of their functions, and the ability to use these effectively to construct meaning and to engage in written and oral;
have developed the ability to write resumes, summaries, complex narratives, informative and evaluative pieces;
have developed the ability to understand the main ideas and many details of connected discourse on a variety of topics spoken at slower than normal speed;
have developed the ability to elaborate, narrate, describe and evaluate, to prepare and deliver presentations of significant length and some complexity on a wide range of topics, and can handle many normal, high frequency social conversational situations;
have added to their knowledge of the values, beliefs and religious observances and rites of the Arab World, as a result of engaging with written and spoken texts on such topics;
have learnt about some aspects of the history of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and Muslim society.

  • Continuous homework assessment (8 pieces of written assignments) (throughout the semester) 20%
  • Continuous oral assessment (throughout the semester) 20%, mid-semester written test (during the middle of the semester) 15%
  • A 15-minute oral examination (during the examination period) 15%
  • A 2-hour written examination (during the examination period) 30%

Hurdle requirement: Class attendance is required for this subject; if you do not attend a minimum of 80% of classes without an approved exemption you will not be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Brustad, K., Al-Batal, M. & Al-Tonsi, A., Al-Kitaab fii Ta 'allum al-'Arabiyya. A Textbook for Intermediate Arabic. Part 2, 3rd edition. Washington, D. C.: Georgetown University Press.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

New students will have their appropriate entry point determined by the Arabic Program, based on evidence of prior learning and/or results of a placement test as required. Placement Test information available here.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Arabic
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Arabic
Related Breadth Track(s): Arabic - Entry Point 5

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