Modern Arabic: elementary level II

larab1102  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Modern Arabic: elementary level II
3.00 credits
30.0 h
Makhoul Manhal (coordinator);
The LARAB 1100 course: Modern Arabic (elementary level I), which may be followed in the same annual program.
The student who has passed the exams LARAB1100 and LARAB1102 qualifies for the ILV elementary level certificate in Arabic language.
Main themes
This course is a continued 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, using and analyzing forms of address and simple messages pertaining to various situations in daily life.
The course includes pronunciation drills and exercises in reading and writing.
The course covers the following aspects of learning the Arabic language:
  • continued training in the common and learned pronunciations
  • active and passive use of the Arabic script
  • acquisition of  basic vocabulary that is easy to recognize and that can be applied in daily life.
Learning outcomes

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

By the end of the course, the student should have acquired:
  • sustained basic knowledge of Arabic grammar
  • enlarged basic vocabulary in Standard Arabic, with a focus on modern daily life
  • the skill to find simple Arabic words in an Arabic-French (or Arabic-English) dictionary
  • the cognitive strategies needed to understand simple written texts and oral expressions in Modern Standard Arabic
  • the skill to prepare simple written and oral messages pertaining to daily life, and to recognize the structure of such messages.
This course is a continued 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.
Continuing the learning in the manual Ayyuha t-talib, 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 entire process 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
The course includes classroom instruction sustained by the Moodle 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.
Online resources
Cours Moodle LARAB1100/1102
  • Textes imprimés, textes en photocopies, documents présentés sous forme numérique, support sonore
  • Inscription obligatoire sur iCampus
  • Manuel de référence : Ayyuha t-Talib (en pdf sur moodle avec les enregistrements)
  • Luc-Willy DEHEUVELS, Manuel d'arabe moderne, volume 1, Paris : Langues et mondes/ L'Asiathèque, 2011 (ISBN 978-2-915255-77-5).
Teaching materials
  • Ayyuha t-Talib
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Minor in Arabic language and Islamic civilization