This is an MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) course for beginners. MSA is the common language in the 22 Arabic countries, and is widely spread in the inter-Arab media (such as al-Jazeera). This course will provide students with the basics in Arabic and give them a good background if they wish later on to learn one of the many dialects of the region. Introduction of communicative skills as well as grammar basics will be done through the story of Egyptian and Syrian students, introducing learners to an Arabic cultural environment.
This course familiarises students with Arabic script and phonetics and aims at giving them the possibility to understand basic structures of MSA. With the following course in the second semester, it forms an integrated language course. At the end of the total learning process, participants will be able to read and understand simple texts (with help of the dictionary), to follow simple speeches, and to converse about routine matters.
Mode of Instruction
The course is based on an interactive method, giving space to the student to practice and to make sure he/she is progressing in the learning process. Based on an attractive text book, with audio visual material helping the student to efficiently improve pronunciation as well as listening and fluency skills, the course requires a lot of self-teaching at home.
Assessment: In Class oral assignment (twice per semester)
Deadline: Week 4, Week 2 after the Autumn break
Assessment: In class dictation test
Deadline: Week 4, Week 7
Assessment: Written Exam
Deadline: Week 8
Assessment: Final Listening exam/ Oral exam
Deadline: Week 17
Assessment: Final Written exam
Deadline: Week 17
Two oral assignments and two dictation tests will be arranged per semester. The written exam will take place during the autumn “reading week” ’(17-24 October).
The final oral exam and written exam will take place during the winter “reading week” (19-23 December).
Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi, Alif Baa, Introduction to Arabic letters and Sounds, Third Edition, 2010, Georgetown University Press. (For the two first weeks)
Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi, Al-Kitaab fii Ta’allum al-‘Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One, Second Edition, 2004, Georgetown University Press.
Recommended Literature & Other Sources (e.g. websites, Academic Journals, documentaries etc.)
Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Arabic-English). Edited by J. Milton Cowan. Fourth Edition, considerably enlarged and amended by the author. (Ithaca, N.Y., 1994).
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As this is a general language course, all language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) will be dealt with every week.
Preparation for first session