This learning unit is not being organized during year 2020-2021.
(1) having previously obtained the ILV Arabic intermediate level certificate, and
(2) combination with a course in colloquial Arabic other than the one attended for the intermediate level.
This other course may be LARAB1301, LARAB1302 or a course offered at another university, to be approved by the ILV. The learning outcomes of the present course LARAB2500 are crucial for successfully attending a variety of first and second cycle courses in Arabic language, linguistics and philology. The course provides a degree of familiarity with Standard and colloquial Arabic and diglossia which is needed for a meaningful study of Middle Arabic (in the courses LGLOR2721- LGLOR2722).
It aims at reading, understanding, grammatical analysis and (occasionally) translation of texts on a variety of various topics (cultural, literary, political, religious, pertaining to daily life), in Standard Arabic as well in one of the Arabic dialects (Egyptian or Moroccan, depending on the student's previous training).
The course includes pronunciation and conversation drills, exercises in vocalisation, substitution and reading and writing, in Standard and colloquial Arabic.
The course covers the following aspects of learning the Arabic language:
- advanced pronunciation drills aiming at maximum authenticity, in Standard and colloquial Arabic, and at correct vocalisation and interpretation of unvocalized script;
- rapid and cursory reading of relatively complex texts;
- familiarity with the main widely used styles of calligraphy (naskhî, ruq'a, kufic, dîwânî, ta'lîq), with a focus on active and passive use of cursive writing (ruq'a);
- consolidation and expansion of vocabulary that is characteristic of modern daily life in its multiple aspects, with increased awareness of the semantic developments and subtleties between the Classical, Modern Standard and colloquial varieties of the Arabic language.
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
By the end of the course, the student should have acquired:
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
It emphasizes advanced acquisition of immediately applicable vocabulary, as well as the main mechanisms of the language, through the study of morphology and syntax.
This entire process should result in a proficiency level that compares to levels B1 (for the active aspects) and B2 (for passive aspects) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Note: the Arabic language has a range of characteristics that make their acquisition notoriously hard for French-speaking learners. They have a set of consonants that do not exist in French, a distinct right-to-left script, and a complex grammar with declensions, with stronger gender marking than in French, and with a system of number distinction that goes beyond our mere distinction between singular and plural. Additionally, Arabic vocabulary shares few elements with French or other languages usually known to students. Thus, it is difficult, at least with respect to the first year, to apply the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to the Arabic language acquisition.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.This course includes classroom instruction sustained by the Moodle virtual teaching environment. It requires active involvement, with text preparation for each class, as well as oral and written exercises to be carried out in class.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.
- Continuous assessment of quality of participation in class (in the case of a second inscription: to be replaced by an assignment). Proportion: 30%.
- Partial oral exam (January session). Proportion: 30%.
- Final oral exam (June session). Proportion: 40 %.
- Portefeuille de lectures/textes
- Textes imprimés, textes en photocopies, documents présentés sous forme numérique, support sonore.
- Inscription obligatoire sur Moodle.
- Manuel de référence :
Herman Talloen & Abied Alsulaiman, Manuel d'arabe standard moderne, Anvers-Apeldoorn: Garant, 2007.
- Portefeuille de lectures/textes