AIB351 - Arabic and the World 3A: Contemporary Arabic in a Range of Contexts

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:


Trimester 1: Online

From 2025:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Zouhir Gabsi

AIB252 or AIB205

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 300-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 - online unit enrolment:

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


Students will increase their listening and speaking skills of Modern Standard Arabic, enabling them to participate in discussions on a wide variety of topics with confidence. The unit provides further practice in more advanced forms of oral and written expression. Students will be expected to develop a high standard of fluency in speech and reading and an ability to analyse complex grammatical structures. The basic syntactic patterns and vocabulary acquired will be consolidated and will involve the use of more complex linguistics. Class material will be chosen from contemporary writing: newspapers, magazines, journal articles and short stories.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Scan, synthesise, summarise and present complex information when responding to a range of sources in Arabic.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2 Communication

ULO2 Plan and construct original texts in different genres; formal and informal using key grammatical construction

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO3 Speak with fluency in Arabic using various speech acts as appropriate to context

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO4 Interpret rhetorical language and stylistic expressions and evaluate these in the context of Arabic culture and language use

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Online and Written Exercises 2400 words
or equivalent (in foreign language)
30% Ongoing
Assessment 2 (Groups of 2-3 students): Class Participation and Presentation 15-20 minutes 10% Week 7
Assessment 3: Writing Exercises 1600 words
or equivalent
(in foreign language)
20% Week 11
Assessment 4: Final Oral Test 20-minutes 20% Week 12
Assessment 5: End-of-unit assessment  Online test,
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 AIB351
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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