Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language

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Overview


Arabic is a Semitic Language and is closely related to Aramaic and Hebrew. Literary Arabic is an official language of 27 countries and is spoken by well over 400 million native speakers in a wide region stretching across the Middle East, North Africa and the Horn of Africa.

Besides being the liturgical language of 1.6 billion Muslims, Arabic is also an official language of the Arab League, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and the African Union and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

Through religious, academic, scientific, philosophical and business terminologies, Arabic has left important influences on other languages of the Islamic world, where Arabic is not the main or official language. Moreover, due to the vicinity and trade connections between Europe and Islamic lands, there have been major Islamic contributions and cultural influences to both medieval Europe and the Renaissance period.

All of these make the learning of the Arabic language fascinating, and this programme is designed to develop your knowledge, confidence, and communication skills.

Course Level


The programme is approved and credit-rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

The Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language is awarded at SCQF level 10

Course Duration


Students may enter this programme at either SCQF level 7 (Certificate Level) or SCQF level 9 (Diploma Level)

Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language – Level 7 entry


  • Start date – September 2020

Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language – Level 9 entry


  • Start date – January 2020

Entry Requirements


Do I need prior knowledge of this subject?

Yes

Full entry requirements can be found here

Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language – Level 7 entry


This means students should have the ability to speak about themselves, their lives and their daily activities and to paraphrase as necessary to make themselves understood. Students should be able to read simple texts on familiar topics and understand the general meaning, to write informal notes and texts on familiar topics connected to daily life and to comprehend and produce accurately the basic sentence structure of Arabic at elementary level.

Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language – Level 9 entry


This means students should have the ability: to read a range of styles in Arabic from formal to informal and journalistic to expository, to understand texts of general interest, to carry out basic research and understand main ideas in non-technical writing, to use context and grammar to identify the form and guess the meaning of unfamiliar words, to write essays and opinion pieces on topics they have studied and to read, write and speak with increasing grammatical accuracy at upper intermediate level.

Course Information


The programme is intended for candidates eager to become familiar with certain aspects of Arab culture, society and history and/or pursue education in academic fields such as Arab/Middle Eastern Studies/history, Islamic Studies and many other fields and to reach advanced level of the language. The philosophy of this programme is to teach Arabic as a living language to a diverse body of students with a wide variety of academic and professional needs. Therefore, it aims to develop all four skills, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Programme Aims


  • To provide students with skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with fluency and confidence to engage with a variety of topics for different purposes, situations and audiences.
  • To develop students linguistic and analytical skills in order to understand the patterns, structures and conventions of modern standard spoken Arabic in a range of contexts and a variety of styles.
  • To develop students linguistic and cognitive skills to become independent Arabic speakers for professional and personal enrichment.
  • To train students to compose descriptive, argumentative and narrative writings on a range of topics using varied grammatical structures and Arabic expressions.
  • To provide exposure to different topics throughout the programme, to develop student’s insight into the nature of Arabic culture and society whilst improving their intercultural competence.

Units


Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language – Level 7 entry

  • 4 compulsory units and 1 optional unit.

Advanced Diploma in Arabic Language – Level 9 entry

  • 2 compulsory units and 1 optional unit.
Unit SCQF level Credits
Arabic as a Foreign Language 7 20
Arabic as a Foreign Language 8 20
Arabic as a Foreign Language 9 20
Arabic as a Foreign Language 10 20
Optional unit (from list below)

Arabic as a Foreign Language 7


Aims to allow students to practice and develop oral communication skills; train them to listen to and understand spoken Arabic as a sympathetic participant in the native language within a range of contexts and a variety of styles; offer practice in reading and responding to different types of written language and enable students to produce written Arabic using some complex grammatical structures and a range of Arabic expressions at intermediate level.

Arabic as a Foreign Language 8


Seeks to provide students with the opportunity to converse fluently, accurately and in a participatory fashion in a variety of topics; train them to understand the patterns, structures and conventions of standard Modern Arabic at upper intermediate level; understand various kinds of authentic texts dealing with a variety of selected topics and to write short, simple narrative and descriptive paragraphs about the topics/themes covered.

Arabic as a Foreign Language 9


Intends to provide students with the opportunity to communicate in Arabic effectively, precisely and appropriately; enable them to understand most of the details of spoken language (lectures, conversations, radio and television broadcasts, etc.) at the advanced level; train students to become critical readers of a range of authentic texts/articles (literary, journalistic etc.) dealing with a variety of topics; and provide them with the opportunity to compose descriptive, discursive and narrative essays about numerous topics using complex and diverse language at advanced level.

Arabic as a Foreign Language 10


Aims to enable students to communicate effectively and appropriately during business discussions and negotiation of contracts; train them to listen to and understand commercials, business, economic and financial reports and commentaries presented orally in Arabic; provide students with the opportunity to read and understand original Arabic materials dealing with a range of topics at higher advanced level.

Students choose one unit from a list of 8 compulsory units from either the Advanced Diploma in the Study of Islam and Muslims or from the Professional Diploma in Islamic Economics and Finance. These will be made available at the start of the academic year:

Optional Units


Students choose one unit from a list of 8 compulsory units from either the Advanced Diploma in the Study of Islam and Muslims or from the Professional Diploma in Islamic Economics and Finance. These will be made available at the start of the academic year:

  • Introduction to Islamic Studies (SCQF 9)
  • Women and Islam (SCQF 10)
  • Islamic Core Sources and Approaches (SCQF 10)
  • Islamic Ethics (SCQF 10)
  • Islamic Economics and Finance (SCQF 11)
  • Islamic Commercial Law (SCQF 11)
  • Applied Islamic Banking and Insurance (SCQF 11)
  • Islamic Accounting and Auditing (SCQF 11)

Teaching


There will be 96 hours of teaching/contact hours with the tutor per term. Students will be required to attend 8 hours per a week for 12 weeks. Students are required to spend around 100 hours of self-study. Each unit contains different themes based on the level. Within each theme, students will learn a set of vocabulary and grammar topic. Students will develop their language skills through reading, listening, writing and speaking tasks related to the theme introduced. They will learn the language through a naturalistic and communicative approach.

Assessment


Summative assessment: Four elements of assessment have been assigned for each unit: listening, speaking, reading and writing with grammar. Each component will be assessed individually at the end of the term.

Formative assessment: Two mid-term tests to monitor students’ progress and to identify strong and weak areas of study, followed by a presentation in Arabic in SCQF 8, SCQF 9 and SCQF 10 to develop students’ speaking and communicative skills. There will be a continuous assessment through homework, class participation and participation on the virtual learning environment (Moodle).    

Careers


Those who study Arabic can find careers in fields such as journalism, business and industry, education, finance and banking, translation and interpretation, consulting, working for local councils or for international organisations. Graduates might also pursue further studies in translation and Middle Eastern studies.   

Student Life


As part of the Arabic programmes, the College screens films in different Arabic dialects to expose students to different accents, in which they can compare to Modern Standard Arabic. Discussions about the film characters and storyline are held after the screening, to evaluate the students understanding of the film. The discussion covers all levels – starts from basic information and ends with more advanced and detailed information.

The programme also includes speaking sessions, where students are encouraged to engage in group discussions with native Arabic speakers. The speakers are guests of the College and allow students the opportunity to practice their communication skills.

Students on the programme will also occasionally enjoy the experience of tasting Arabic food and listening to live Arabic music.

Tuition Fees


Full tuition fee information can be found here