Academic Year 2023/2024

Learning outcomes

(The Italian version for 'learning outcomes') results from autofill field by system default)

Becoming acquainted with the spoken Arabic, and culture specific topics and concepts. Focusing on possible fields for intercultural negotiation, while keeping intact culture specificities and differences

Course contents

This course addresses the basics of language and culture, in details for:
-Written Language: the alphabet, morphology of nouns and adjectives; the basics of syntax; regular verbs conjugation
-Spoken Language: introduction to the Levantine variety- question words, expressing time and place, pseudoverbs, high frequency lexicon.

-Chunks, collocations, and formulae: simple collocations and chunks, considered useful for the diplomatic-administrative sphere;  isolated lexicon and elementary but culturally significant formulae will be presented.At this stage,  students are invited to simply memorize some of these chunks-collocations-formulae according to their own choice 



During the first week, PDFs will be provided for introducing the alphabet

Language (selection of units)

Jane Wightwick,Your First 100 Words in Arabic , New York, McGraw-Hill Education, 1999

J. Smart, F. Altorfer, Teach Yourself Arabic, Teach Yourself serie, NY , last ed. ( grammar rules and dialogues)

L.Lombezzi, Contents and Methods for Teaching Spoken Arabic, PUZ, Zaragoza 2019 (selection of units-part II 'practice')


Lexicon (selection of isolated  lexicon)

E.Kendell, Y,Mohamed, Diplomacy Arabic, Edinburgh UP, Edinburgh 2020

video/audio file , websites, web channels

Culture ( as additional reference to the topics discussed in class)

R.Allen,An Introduction to Arabic Literature, Cambridge, CUP 2000

M.Nydell, Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Modern Times, Boston, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2005(4)

-additional articles, PDFs, websites  will be recommended at a later stage

Teaching methods

1- According to the UniBo requirements and regulations

2-Communicative, direct, pragmatic.

The flipped classroom mode wil be implemented.

Students are required to prepare  simple oral presentations

Assessment methods

-Oral presentations
-In itinere  test
-Final test


Students who did not attend classes must study appropriate additional materials and ask for it in due time/prepare a written report.

Teaching tools

Additional teaching tools will be recommended to all students at a later stage

Office hours

See the website of Letizia Lombezzi


Quality education Reduced inequalities Partnerships for the goals

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.