LGE277 - Arabic Language Skills II

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Subject Title
Arabic Language Skills II

Subject Description
This subject is designed to continue the development of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing Arabic within a cultural framework. The language is taught through the use of integrated thematic units that stress and reinforce these four skills. By the end of this subject, students will refine their ability to listen, speak, read, and write Arabic at a more advanced level of fluency.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. use Arabic for a variety of purposes and in a variety of contexts.
2. use Arabic to think and learn in a variety of curriculum areas.
3. use Arabic to make sense of one's own experiences and to share experiences with others.
4. use the conventions of Arabic appropriately for the purpose, audience, and context.
5. use Arabic to develop practical and imaginative works in a variety of media, both as individuals and as members of a group.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

LGE177 or permission of the instructor.

Topic Outline

The outcomes that follow represent the result of an integrated and balanced language course.  As the student progresses, the acquired skills will be developed gradually and naturally through communicative interactions, each at various levels of competence. This Arabic course will enhance skills in the following areas:

Listening Skills
Students will be able to:
distinguish sound patterns of Arabic that are essential for comprehension;
demonstrate understanding of basic Arabic vocabulary and language structures;
interpret simple oral messages in presentations and dialogues.
Speaking Skills
Students will be able to: 
use standard pronunciation and intonation accurately and with fluency;
respond appropriately in Arabic to questions on familiar topics;
communicate verbally ideas, thoughts, and feelings on familiar topics with appropriate vocabulary;
Reading Skills
Students will be able to: 
read a variety of simple texts (e.g. dialogues, simple stories);
read aloud confidently and with expression;
respond to Arabic reading materials in various ways (e.g. answer questions, retell stories).

Writing Skills
Students will be able to:
take dictation of Arabic words and simple sentences;
write complete, simple sentences in Arabic to express facts, opinions, attitudes, emotions, and ideas for a variety of purposes;
compose short paragraphs and dialogues, using basic Arabic vocabulary and language structures (e.g. identify and describe family members).

Cultural Understanding
Students will be able to: 
demonstrate knowledge of cultural similarities and differences in customs, attitudes, and values within various Arabic speaking countries;
apply knowledge of Arabic culture in materials created.
  • discuss daily activities, with specific times
  • describe places and people
  • compare interests, hobbies

Mode of Instruction

Instructors develop the listening and speaking skills of their students by using a wide range of teaching strategies (teacher-centred, student-centred, paired, and grouped activities) to meet the different learning styles of their students.
Students will be expected to prepare on a weekly basis for the upcoming class by reading and studying assigned text material.  In addition to the weekly classes, students should spend a minimum of three hours per week on independent study to further cement their learning. 

Prescribed Texts

1)  Wightwick, Jane, Gaafar, Mahmoud, Easy Arabic Grammar. 1st Edition. McGraw Hill Education, 2006. ISBN 9780071462105 .
2)  Wightwick, Jane, Gaafar, Mahmoud, Practice Makes Perfect Arabic Vocabulary. 1st Edition. McGraw Hill Education, 2013. ISBN 9780071756396.

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Modes of EvaluationTo be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy
Term Work:
The term work will constitute 85% of the final grade.  The instructor’s class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities and assignments, their due dates, and their value.
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final in-class examination will constitute 15% of the final grade.

Grading Scheme:

Culture / Oral/Aural / Written


Final Exam


Student Success: 
Attending classes, fully participating in course activities, ensuring you are prepared for class by completing assigned readings and activities, completing and handing in all required course work prior to the final exam will increase your chances of success in the course.

Students must keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade.
Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College.  It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.  For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood