Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT005C (AF:271937 AR:157514)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
The course is one of the basic courses for the degree course in Languages, Cultures and Societies of Asia and Mediterranean Africa and aims to provide students with the first knowledge and basic skills in the linguistic-translatological field (Arabic).
Objectives of the course are: to acquire knowledge of the first and fundamental phonological, morphological and syntactic elements and to develop skills in the competence of the Arabic language in the context of simple communicative situations, as well as in the reading and interpretation of easy texts.
The student will acquire the knowledge, in order of urgency, of fundamental elements of the standard Arabic language (vocabulary, morphology, syntax) with the attainment of a level of linguistic competence equivalent to level A1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for the knowledge of languages ). In particular:
1. Knowledge and understanding
• Knowledge of the sounds of the modern standard Arabic language.
• Knowledge of the Arabic alphabet and the spelling and the transliteration system in Latin letters.
• Knowledge of the necessary phrases in elementary communication contexts.
• Knowledge of the basic aspects of the standard Arabic language in relation to the nominal and verbal system, including inflection, and to the sentence types and their fundamental and complementary elements.
• Knowledge of the basic principles of entries order in bilingual Arabic dictionaries.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
• Knowing how to correctly articulate the sounds of the modern standard Arabic language.
• Know how to use read and write the Arabic alphabet and related spelling, and know how to use the transliteration system in Latin letters.
• Knowing how to correctly use sentences necessary in the most basic communication contexts.
• Knowing how to properly use basic grammatical knowledge in reading and understanding written texts.
• Being able to use a bilingual Arabic dictionary.
3. Ability to judge
• Know how to use the tools made available to evaluate one's level of knowledge, skills and language skills.
4. Communication skills
• Knowing how to communicate the specificities of linguistic analysis, using appropriate terminology.
5. Learning skills
• Knowing how to relate the different contexts of study and apply their knowledge, skills and abilities for personal and professional growth.
Excellent knowledge (theoretical and practical) of the Italian language: being able to express themselves correctly both in the written and oral and to properly understand grammatical and logical analysis; be aware of the differences of registers.
The course provides students with an overall beginner-level knowledge of the modern standard Arabic language, both written and spoken. It specifically offers:

• basic grammatical notions on nominal morphology (e.g. plurals), verbal (e.g. simple and derived forms of the verbs) and syntax (types of sentences simple / compound ): 30 hours of lectures
• application of the above knowledges for the development of active and passive skills and training for linguistic interaction in simple communicative contexts: 120 hours of exercises.

A tutoring service is available to students in acquiring knowledge and developing skills.
Deheuvels L.-W., Grammatica Araba, Bologna: Zanichelli 2010, vol. 1

Reference grammars:
Ryding, K., A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic, Cambridge University Press, 2012
Badawi, E., Carter M. G., Gully A. Modern Written Arabic: A Comprehensive Grammar, London, Routledge, 2014
Dizionari e glossari
Baldissera, E. (2014). Dizionario Arabo-Italiano. Bologna: Zanichelli

Linguistic exercises (native Arabic language instructors)
materials from:
supplementary material provided during the exercises by the linguistic instructors
Reig, D., Manuel d’arabe moderne, Paris, 1977.
Solimando, C., Salem, A., Imparare l’arabo conversando, Roma, 2011.

Useful resources and sites
Interactive Arabic: || Qutrub: || Dizionari e glossari: Ejtaal: (Percorso: Ejtaal > Arabic Almanac: versione on-line di autorevoli diz. di arabo standard e classico, es. Wehr, Kazimirski, Lane. Percorso: Ejtaal > Mawrid Reader: versione on-line del diz. di arabo standard Mawrid) || Almaany: .
The assessment of learning takes place through a written test and an oral test. The written test, consisting of exercises similar to those carried out during the course, aims to ascertain the skills acquired (writing, vocalization and translation skills Arabic / Italian and Italian / Arabic). The use of dictionaries is not permitted during the written test. In the oral examination the student must demonstrate that he / she knows how to use the grammatical and communicative knowledge and skills acquired during the lectures and the linguistic exercises.
The 12 credits associated with the teaching of Arabic Language 1 are obtained at the time of verbalizing the exam, i.e. after passing both the written and oral exam.
The teaching method is the audio-oral approach, focused on various pattern drills, duly contextualized within the framework of a didactic unit (globality, analysis, synthesis, reflection, control).

Teaching is organized in:
a) lectures;
b) exercises

A tutoring service is available to students.
written and oral
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 28/06/2018