AIB151 - Practical Arabic: An Introduction to the Language and Its Sounds

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Zouhir Gabsi
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2-hour online seminar per week


It is not expected that students have prior knowledge of the language


This unit is designed to provide a practical and basic introduction to modern standard Arabic for students who have no acquaintance with the language so that they have the confidence to communicate effectively at the threshold levels, involving listening and speaking in the first instance, followed by the ability to read and write. The language teaching is extensive, based on audio-visual methods, in order to give students a sound training in both spoken and written Arabic. An overview is provided of the Arabic language, its historical changes and development, and the place of Arabic in the Semitic languages group and in Islam.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Communicate in a range of oral and written formats using elementary constructions of language

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Teamwork


Identify and replicate pronunciation and intonation in accordance with linguistic norms of the Arabic language to oral expression

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Recognise social and cultural conventions in everyday contexts and apply linguistic knowledge and skills

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem Solving

ULO4 Interpret elementary forms of written text in the Arabic language

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem Solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Online and Written Exercises 1200 words
or equivalent (in foreign language)
30% Ongoing
Assessment 2 (Groups of 2-3 students): Class Participation and Presentation 10-minutes 10% Week 6
Assessment 3: Writing Exercises 800 words
or equivalent
(in foreign language)
20% Week 11
Assessment 4: Final Oral Test 10-minutes 20% Week 12
Assessment 5: End-of-unit assessment  Online test, 75-minutes 20% End-of-unit assessment period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIB151
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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