Arabic in Context 2

Subject ARBC30001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, 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: A 2.5-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Total of 8.5 hours per week, 60 additional hours/week.
Prerequisites: ARBC10003/ARBC20006/ARBC30004 Arabic 3A or equivalent.
Corequisites: ARBC10004/ARBC20006/ARBC30004 Arabic 3B.
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:


Dr Christina Mayer


Mr Yousef Alreemawi
Subject Overview:

This subject aims to cultivate understanding of Arabic language in use, and equip students with sound communication skills. We will consider key features of Arabic discourse such as politeness, gender, regional and social peculiarities. Students will engage in activities to enhance their sociocultural and pragmatic competence in Arabic to allow fuller participation in a range of Arab social settings. Students will also learn to analyse written, online and face-to-face communication in a variety of social contexts, using a number of discourse analysis approaches.

  • cultivate understanding of Arabic language in use.
  • be quipped with sound communicative skills.
  • be introduced to key features of Arabic discourse.
  • have further enhanced socio-cultural and pragmatic competence in Arabic.

A take-home test in Arabic 15% (due week 7), an essay of 1000 words in English or Arabic 15% (due at the end of the semester), class presentations in pairs 20% (throughout the semester) and a 30-minute aural/oral test 50% (during the examination 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.
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Materials supplied by the Institute.

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Breadth Options:

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Generic Skills:
  • Combine the constant revision of foundational knowledge with the acquisition of new information to produce more complex patterns of expression.
  • Integrate active self-expression with conformity to rules and norms of communication.
  • Use knowledge acquired at university in real-life cross-cultural encounters.
Notes: None.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Arabic Studies)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Arabic
Arabic Studies Major

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