Arabic 4B

Subject 110-411 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - 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 or regular meeting with the Supervisor
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week , 4.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Arabic 4A or equivalent.
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.

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Dr Abdul Samad Abdullah


Dr Abdul-Samad Abdullah

Subject Overview: This subject is for students who have satisfactorily completed Arabic 4A or equivalent. It aims to further enhance students' proficiency of Arabic language through reading in modern standard Arabic and understanding and application of grammatical and stylistic rules. Students read and analyse selected texts in modern standard Arabic such as short stories, newspaper articles, novels, plays and poems. This subject will develop students' skills such as proficiency in written structures of sophisticated complexity and the capacity to understand and evaluate specialist and technical language use as well as Arabic grammar.
  • have developed a level of proficiency in written structures of sophisticated complexity and the capacity to command their use freely and confidently;
  • have developed the capacity to decode and evaluate specialist and technical language use;
  • have developed an understanding of a variety of issues in modern Arabic literature and literary criticism;
  • have developed a detailed understanding of the historical, cultural, economic and political factors that have conditioned the emergence of Arabic as an international language;
  • have acquired an ability to translate texts of medium to high level of difficulty;
  • be able to critically evaluate complex materials using the categories and concepts of a specialized field of knowledge;
  • be able to scrutinize errors and inconsistencies in one#s own usage to produce sophisticated forms of expression and;
  • to be able to engage in critical dialogue about complex social, political, cultural and religious issues through the medium of another cultural language.
Assessment: Continuous homework assessment, best 8 pieces 15% (throughout the semester); an aural/oral examination of 15 mins 15% (during the exam period); and a 3-hour written examination 70% (during the exam period).
Prescribed Texts:
  • Standard Arabic (Dickins and Watson) Cambridge University Press 1999
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 public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations;
  • acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
Notes: This subject is available at level two for the post-VCE stream of Arabic. It is only available at level four for students admitted to the BA (Honours) in Arabic.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Arts (Islamic Studies)
Diploma in Modern Languages (Arabic Studies)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Arabic
Arabic Studies Major

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