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Summary Intensive Arabic B (IAB) is an intermediate level intensive course in Courses
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It is worth 50 credits and runs in
Semester 2 only. Previous knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic is Introduction
required for entry to the course.
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The aim of IAB is to enable students to achieve an intermediate Science and Engineering
level in Arabic in the four skills areas of reading, writing, speaking
and listening. Although there is a strong emphasis on speaking as in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Intensive Arabic A (IAA), students are required to focus more on
reading which is more manageable at this level. In terms of reading Other Information
and writing, the focus of IAB is again on Modern Standard Arabic
(MSA). The speaking and listening aspects of the course will
Combined Course Timetable
continue to be delivered in a simplified version of MSA, or what is Prospectuses
known as Formal Spoken Arabic or Educated Spoken Arabic (ESA).
The teaching will continue to adopt the blended approach Important Information
pioneered at Cornell University whereby both MSA and Spoken
Arabic are taught simultaneously. Students will also be given the
opportunity to do 10 hours of either Levant or Egyptian Arabic as this
will assist them to function during the compulsory study abroad
element of the programme, either in Jordan or Cairo.

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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)

Pre‐ Co‐requisites
Prohibited Other Course only available for
Combinations requirements students enrolled on MSc
in Arab World Studies or
MSc in International
Relations of the Middle
East with Arabic.

Information for Visiting Students

Pre‐ None
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None

Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching Total Hours: 500 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 192,
activities (Further Info) Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative
Assessment Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours
2.25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching
Hours 10, Directed Learning and Independent
Learning Hours 284 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical
Exam 0 %
Additional Information Progress tests(10%), E‐Learning and coursework
(Assessment) (20%), Mid‐term exam (30%), Final exam which
includes in‐house listening assessment,
centralized 2‐hr written exam and in‐house oral
exam (40%).
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours &
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May) 2:00

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Modern Standard Arabic Reading & Writing

Students should:
a. have covered intermediate level grammatical structures such as verb
forms, active and passive participles, more complex superlatives, the
Jussive, the Dual and the Feminine Plural;
b. be able to read and understand a middle length text or article with
the help of a dictionary;
c. be able to write a short report on a range of political, social and
economic issue
d. have acquired a vocabulary of a further 1000 words beyond the 15000 of
e. have a deeper understanding as to what is appropriate usage in MSA as
opposed to Spoken Arabic.

2. Speaking & Listening

Students should:
a. be introduced to more sophisticated aspects of grammatical structures
of formal spoken Arabic;
b. have an acquired a vocabulary of a further 1000 words (the vast
majority shared with MSA) covering a range of social, political and
economic topics;
c. be able to speak with reasonable confidence and exchange ideas and
information on a wide range of topics;
d. be able to interact with reasonable ease all everyday situations;
e. have had some exposure to an authentic Spoken Arabic dialect, either
Levant or Egyptian, and to have an opportunity to use some the structures
and vocabulary peculiar to these dialects.

Reading List

An extensive amount of supplementary �in‐house� material will be used to

consolidate both spoken and written Arabic. Teaching will be communicative with
a considerable amount of student interaction. A considerable amount of audio‐
material will be made available to students. Students should make full use of
the e‐Arabic Learning Portal (www.e‐arabic.com).

In addition to the Intensive Arabic B coursebook, students will be required to do

certain excercises from the following coursebook, the purchase of which is
� Kristen E. Brustad; Mahmoud Al‐Batal & Abbas Al‐Tonsi. al‐Kitaab fii Ta�allum
al‐�Arabiyya: Part 1 (Georgetown University Press, 2004). ISBN 158901104X.

In addition to in‐house material for Levant or Egyptian Arabic, course tutors

recommend the following textbooks:

For Egyptian Arabic: Samia Louis. Kallimni Arabi (AUC Press, 2007). ISBN

For Levant Arabic: Nadira Auty. Just Listen N� Learn Arabic (McGraw‐Hill,2005).
ISNB 084428470X.

Further Reference:
Students should seriously consider purchasing a more detailed Arabic grammar
book for reference. It is extremely useful to read a variety of explanations of
grammatical constructions.

� J. A. Haywood & H. M. Nahmad, A New Arabic Grammar (Lund Humphries, 1965

+ reprints).

Students may also find it helpful to purchase an Arabic‐English dictionary. The

best choice for is:

� Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (ed. J. M. Cowan)

Additional Information
Graduate Not entered
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Keywords IAB

Course Mr Jonathan Featherstone Course Mr Iain Sutherland
organiser Tel: (0131 6)51 1531 secretary Tel: (0131 6)51 3988
Email: Email:
Jonathan.Featherstone@ed.ac.uk Iain.Sutherland@ed.ac.uk

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