Arabic 4A

Subject ARBC20002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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 meetings with the Supervisor
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week , 4.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: ARBC10004 Arabic 3B 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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Mr Yousef Alreemawi


Mr Yousef Alreemawi
Subject Overview:

This subject is for students who have completed Arabic 3B or equivalent and want to continue Arabic at advanced level. Students read, translate and discuss a range of texts in modern standard Arabic such as short stories, newspaper articles, essays, travel literature, biographies, etc and listen to short lectures/presentations about Arabic literature and aspects of Arab society, history and culture. This subject will develop skills such as: a refined use of idiomatic forms, a higher level of proficiency in the comprehension and production of written structures of high complexity and an independent style in written language use.

  • Have developed a refined use of idiomatic and conversational forms and the capacity to use them freely.
  • have developed a level of proficiency in written structures of complexity and the capacity to command their use freely.
  • have begun to develop an independent style in written language use.
  • have acquired some knowledge of the principles of analysis of Arabic literary texts, and ability to apply them.
  • have developed an understanding of some of the issues in modern Arabic literature; and
  • have acquired an ability to translate sophisticated Arabic texts
  • have developed the skills to acquire and understand information from a complex written culture.
  • express one's own opinions and views using a communicative system which is not one's own.
  • comment critically and sympathetically on cultural differences.

Continuous homework assessment, best 8 pieces 15% (throughout the semester), continuous assessment (speaking) 20% (throughout the semester), an aural/oral examination of 15 mins 15% (during the exam period), and a 3-hour written examination 50% (during the exam period).

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. 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:
  • Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya with DVD and MP3 CD. A Textbook for Arabic. Part Three. (Brustad, Al-Batal and Al-Tonsi) Georgetown University Press, 2007.
Recommended Texts:


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
Generic Skills:
  • acquire written communication skills through essay writing and class discussion.
  • show attention to detail through essay preparation and writing.
  • acquire public speaking skills through class 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 Modern Languages (Arabic Studies)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Arabic
Arabic Studies Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Arabic - Post-VCE

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