Admission and Unit Information - Bachelor of Arts (Arabic)

There are three entry levels into language majors. Beginner’s level is for those with no previous study or minimal study of the language. Intermediate level is typically for students who: are non-native speakers with study of the language to HSC 2 Unit level or have a home background in the language but no comprehensive formal study, or who speak a non-standard variety (e.g. dialect). Post-Intermediate level is typically for students who are non-native speakers with substantial formal study and near-native competence; or are literate native speakers of a standard variety. Students should consult with the Languages staff regarding the progression sequence that best fits their level of skill. During the first two weeks of class, the lecturer will monitor the performance of students and advise students who need to transfer to a higher or lower class. Students may consult with the Languages Academic Course Advisor, if they are unsure of their entry level. Students should avoid enrolling in units at different levels at the one time (e.g. you should not enrol in Arabic 201 and 301 at the same time). Please check the current timetable as some units may not be offered every year. Advanced (Level 3) units may be offered on a rotational basis.

A major in Arabic comprises a sequence of 80 credit points with 60 credit points at Level 2 and 3 (with no less than 30 credit points of these at Level 3), however students commencing at beginner’s level, that is units 101 and 102, and who follow the recommended course structure, are only required to complete 20 credit points at Level 3.

Students should take units that reflect their level of competence in the language and they should not backtrack, i.e. they must not:

- take a Level 1 unit after passing a Level 2 unit in the same language; or

- take a Level 2 unit after passing a Level 3 unit in the same language.

Level 1 units

Arabic 101

This unit is designed as an introduction to the Arabic language as well as the contemporary and popular culture of the Arabic-speaking people. It is intended for students who are at beginner level in Modern Standard Arabic in all four skills -listening, speaking, reading and writing. Components of this unit may be presented in English.

Arabic 102

This is a post-beginners' level unit in Arabic, intended for students with some background in the language (equivalent to at least 2 Unit HSC Arabic). As part of a major in Arabic this unit will help students to continue in the process of acquisition of Modern Standard Arabic through the study of the language and intensive practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing. This unit also aims to familiarise students with elements of modern Arab culture including issues of Arabic language in Australia.

Level 2 units

Arabic 201

This is an intermediate level unit in Arabic intended for two groups of students: (a) students of English speaking backgrounds or other language backgrounds who have achieved a degree of competence in the language at least at the HSC Level; and (b) Arabic language background students whose education has been in English as the medium of instruction in all subjects other than Arabic and who, therefore, have some gaps in their knowledge of Arabic, particularly in situations requiring a more formal language register. The unit is designed to consolidate and advance the acquisition of Modern Standard Arabic for post beginner learners of the language. While consolidating language skills, students will also develop further knowledge of the Arab culture. A range of DELL (Digitally Enhanced Language Learning) activities are utilised as part of the blended learning mode of delivery for this unit. NOTE: Students enrolling in this unit as part of a major or sub major in Arabic must enrol in Arabic 202 at the same time

Arabic 202

This unit further develops students' language skills acquired in Arabic 201 to equip students with more sophisticated language skills and knowledge. It aims to extend learners' skills within a range of topics and to cover basic structural aspects of the language, at a post-beginner level. A range of DELL (Digitally Enhanced Language Learning) activities are utilised as part of the blended learning mode of delivery for this unit. NOTE: Students enrolling in this unit as part of a major or sub major in Arabic must enrol in Arabic 201 at the same time.

Arabic 203

This is one of the components of the Arabic major and sub-major. It assumes an intermediate level of competence in the language. It aims to extend (intermediate) learners' skills with a particular focus on listening, speaking and oral interaction in Arabic, in a range of situations, by exposing students to realistic interactions, including the Arabic-Australian community. The unit also aims to extend the learners' lexicon and structures, particularly those used in talking about current personal experiences as well as events, and popular Arab personalities. A range of DELL (Digitally Enhanced Language Learning) activities are utilised as part of the blended learning mode of deliver for this unit. NOTE: Students enrolling in this unit as part of a major or sub major in Arabic must enrol in Arabic 204 at the same time.

Arabic 204

This is an intermediate unit in the Arabic major or sub-major. It provides an extension and consolidation of reading comprehension, and writing skills, as well as lexical enrichment in Modern Standard Arabic, particularly its range of written registers and their linguistic characteristics. The content for reading and writing activities will be selected from newspapers, magazines, short stories and other printed media. NOTE: Students enrolling in this unit as part of a major or sub-major in Arabic must enrol in Arabic 203 at the same time.

Level 3 units

Arabic 301

This is the first of a series of two units that aim to provide a thorough review of comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary of Modern Standard Arabic, its range of registers and its linguistic characteristics. This unit is intended for students who have knowledge and skills in Arabic equivalent to two years tertiary education in the language and who wish to consolidate, develop and improve these skills. A range of DELL (Digitally Enhanced Language Learning) Activities are utlised as part of the Blended Learning mode of delivery for this unit.

Arabic 302 - Arabic Advanced Language and Grammar

This is the second of two units that aim to provide a thorough review of comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary of Modern Standard Arabic, its range of registers and its linguistic characteristics. This series is intended for students who have knowledge and skills in Arabic equivalent to two years of tertiary study of the language, and who wish to consolidate, develop and improve these skills and knowledge. This unit is mandatory for students who wish to pursue a major in Arabic.

Arabic 303: Advanced Writing Skills

This unit is aimed at those who have successfully finished 100044 - Arabic 202, or have an advanced speaking and writing proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. It is one of the obligatory units for students intending to graduate with Arabic as a major or sub-major. It seeks to develop the writing skills to prepare students to make professional use of the language, and it is particularly recommended for those who wish to involve themselves in areas such as language teaching and translation. Students will be introduced to a full range of text types and language purposes. They will be guided to analyse, interpret and evaluate passages provided, and will be encouraged to extend their ability by experimenting with a variety of writing styles.

Arabic 304: Arabic Advanced Speaking

This is a compulsory unit for students in the Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation) (Arabic) and for students intending to do Arabic as a major or sub-major. As a companion unit of 100049 - Arabic 303: Advanced Writing Skills, it aims to prepare students to make professional use of the language, in this case by placing particular emphasis on oral skills, and it is also specially recommended for those wishing to pursue careers in areas such as language teaching and translation. Students will be introduced to a full range of oral text types and language purposes. They will be guided to analyse, interpret and evaluate examples of oral discourse, and be encouraged to develop effective public speaking skills.

Arabic 306: Arabic Novel and Short Story

This is an optional unit in the Arabic major program, which aims to introduce students to the study of the Arabic novel and short story, and which examines the historical, political, social and cultural context that this literature reflects. This will be done by studying selected novels and short stories. Students will be able to do a research component on a novel of their choice. This unit will also examine children's literature, including traditional children stories and contemporary Arabic literature, as well as translated western traditional stories.

Arabic 308:Language Past and Present

This unit aims to give students an understanding of the phonological, morpho-syntactic, semantic and pragmatic changes that have occurred to the Arabic language both spoken and written in the last century. Particular attention will be paid to the different dialects spoken in some of the Arab countries and their relation to Modern Standard Arabic. A special study will be made of the Australian Arabic used by migrant communities.

Intercultural Communication

This unit aims to develop the students' communicative competence in intercultural contexts, raise their awareness of issues in language use and socio-cultural dimensions, and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary for intercultural communication. It also prepares students to critically analyse linguistic and cultural differences around them, appreciate linguistic and cultural diversity, and integrate the unit contents into their future careers (e.g. further studies or employment). It highlights the impact of intercultural communication in a range of real-life sectors, such as second language teaching and learning, translation and interpreting services, international business, tourism, community services, and organisational communication. The lectures of this unit are offered in English. Tutorials are language specific, except during Summer sessions where tutorials will be English only.

Special Study in Languages and Linguistics

This unit caters to a special area of interest in languages, linguistics and/or arts appropriate either for study tour programs, or for individual students whose subject area is not otherwise covered in the units on offer in the relevant major and who may otherwise find it difficult to complete their program of study. For study tour programs: once a study tour is approved, a coordinator is appointed and an appropriate curriculum document is submitted to the Director of Academic Program for approval. For individual students: a supervisor is nominated and an individually-tailored learning contract, which will include appropriate readings and tasks, is drawn up in collaboration with the supervisor and submitted to the Director of Academic Program for approval.