Arabic 1A

Subject 110-170 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Four hours of language classes per week
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week , 4 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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 Abdul Samad Abdullah


Dr Abdul-Samad Abdullah

Subject Overview: This subject is an introduction to spoken and written Arabic language as well as culture for students with little or no knowledge of Arabic. On completion of the subject students should have acquired a spoken facility at a basic level in Modern Standard Arabic; the ability to read and understand a range of simple Arabic texts and stories within a vocabulary range of 200-400 most commonly used words; some basic grammatical structures of Arabic language; the ability to write simple journal entries relating to the themes focused on in the semester; and a familiarity with some Arab cultural practices and traditions.
  • command a spoken facility at a basic level in Modern Standard Arabic;
  • command the ability to read and understand simple Arabic texts ranging from newspaper ads and timetables, road signs etc. to simple stories within a vocabulary range of 200-400 most commonly used words in Arabic;
  • have acquired some basic grammatical structures of Arabic language;
  • have the ability to write simple journal entries relating to the themes focused on in the semester;
  • have acquired a familiarity with some important Arab cultural habits and traditions;
  • have grasped the role of underlying structures and rules in an unfamiliar communicative system;
  • acquire skills to acknowledge the existence of alternative systems for organising and expressing thought; and
  • develop sensitivity to different cultural practices.
Assessment: Continuous homework assessment, best 8 pieces 15% (throughout the semester); an aural/oral examination of 10 mins15% (during the exam period); and a 3-hour written examination 70% (during the exam period).
Prescribed Texts:
  • Modern Standard Arabic Beginners: Book 1 (Saeed, Mayer and Raheem) MIALS
  • Modern Standard Arabic: Introduction (Saeed, Mayer and Raheem) MIALS
Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:
  • acquire written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
  • show attention to detail through essay preparation and writing;
  • acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion;
  • acquire public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations.
Notes: Formerly available as 110-002. Students who have completed 110-002 are not eligible to enrol in this subject. Available at 1st-year for Beginners stream students.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Arabic Studies)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Arabic
Arabic Studies Major

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