2017 Winter School Subject List

Introductory Arabic 1A (ARBC1611) - Applications Closed

Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Arabic and Islamic Studies
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Dr Nesrine Basheer - nesrine.basheer@sydney.edu.au

(1) Dr Nesrine Basheer - nesrine.basheer@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 03 Jul 2017 
End Date: 21 Jul 2017 
Capacity: 25 
Status: Applications Closed 
Applications Open: 10 May 2017 
Applications Close: 19 Jun 2017 
Census date: 10 Jul 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 10 Jul 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Assumed Knowledge: - 

    None or limited knowledge of Arabic

  2. Prohibition: - 

    Native Speakers (background students) and students with some Arabic contact until coordinator for a placement test)


This unit is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Arabic.

Its main objective is to teach you how to communicate in both formal and colloquial Arabic about some familiar topics using simple words and phrases.

You will learn to recognize and produce the alphabet and communicate basic information about yourself in writing.

You will explore topics related to Arab cultures.

Preparation for class and active participation in small group activities are essential components of the unit.


Tutorial participation (500 words) – 10%, Daily exercises online (500 words) – 10%. 2 Dictations (500 words each) - 2 x 10%, 1 skit (1500 words) – 30%, 2 quizzes (500 words each) – 2 x 15%


Start Date: 03 Jul 2017     End Date: 21 Jul 2017

Lectures & Tutorials: Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri, 10:00 - 12:00 & 13:00 - 15:00


Mon (All Classes): Room 438, Education Seminar Building

Tue 11th & 18th July: Lecture Room 452, Carslaw Building

Thu 13th & 20th July: Room 438, Education Building

Fri 14th & 21st July: Room 452, Carslaw Building


Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal and Abbas Al-Tonsi (Washington DC, Georgetown University Press). Third Edition