Modern Arabic Elementary Level I

larab1100  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Modern Arabic Elementary Level I
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3 credits
30.0 h
Q1
Language
French
Prerequisites
None (basic course). This is the first part of the elementary level of Arabic at the ILV.
Main themes
This course is a first introduction to Literary, or Standard, Arabic in its modern variety, which is the language of the media and all official communication in the entire Arab world today.
It aims at learning and analyzing short texts and oral expressions in Modern Standard Arabic.
The course includes pronunciation drills and exercises in reading and writing.
The course covers the following aspects of learning the Arabic language:
  • identification and reproduction of Arabic phonemes and a first training in common and learned pronunciations
  • introduction to the Arabic script and its phonetic transcription, as well as to reading and writing
  • acquisition of  a limited number of words that are easy to recognize and to memorize.
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

By the end of the course, the student should have acquired:
  • a first basic knowledge of Arabic grammar
  • basic vocabulary in Standard Arabic
  • knowledge of the Arabic alphabet, with basic reading and writing skills
  • the cognitive strategies needed to understand very simple written texts and oral expressions in Modern Standard Arabic
  • the skill to build very simple sentences (without subordinate) and to recognize the structure of such sentences.
 
Content
This course is a first introduction to Literary, or Standard, Arabic in its modern variety, which is the language of the media and all official communication in the entire Arab world today.
It emphasizes continued acquisition of immediately applicable basic vocabulary, as well as the main mechanisms of the language, through the study of morphology and syntax.
This training provides the first step towards a proficiency level that compares to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Note: The Arabic language has a range of characteristics that make its acquisition notoriously hard for French-speaking beginners. It has a set of consonants unknown to us, 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.
Teaching methods
This course includes classroom instruction sustained by the iCampus virtual teaching environment. It requires active involvement, with written exercises to be prepared for each class, as well as both written and oral exercises carried out in class.
Evaluation methods
  • Indicative continuous assessment based on systematic questioning in class.
  • Combined individual exam (oral and written), after the end of the course.
    The exams for LARAB1100 and LARAB1102 may be taken simultaneously.
Online resources
Bibliography
  • Textes imprimés, textes en photocopies, documents présentés sous forme numérique, support sonore.
  • Inscription obligatoire sur iCampus.
  • Manuel de référence : Luc-Willy DEHEUVELS, Manuel d'arabe moderne, volume 1, Paris : Langues et mondes/ L'Asiathèque, 2011 (ISBN 978-2-915255-77-5).
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Bachelor in Information and Communication

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Minor in Oriental Studies

Minor in Medieval Studies

Minor in Arabic language and Islamic civilization