85507 - Arabic Language

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Raoul Villano

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-OR/12

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course aims at making students acquainted with the basic structure of the Arabic language, with specific reference to economic and political lexicon, while educating to the knowledge and understanding of contemporary Arab culture. By the end of the course unit, the student is able to understand the declensions and conjugations of the Arabic language as well as to have knowledge of the main aspects of contemporary Arab culture.

Course contents

The course is an introduction to Arabic writing, phonology, grammar and to the basic syntactic structures of Arabic Language. It aims to develop basic writing and reading skills in Modern Standard Arabic, as well as elementary listening and speaking skills in Colloquial Arabic.

An introduction to Arab Culture will be proposed during the course and through the texts studied.

By the end of the course students are expected to be able to read and write elementary texts in Modern Standard Arabic and to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type, as well as to introduce themselves and others or ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they have (CEFR Level A1)


Texts will be provided in class by the teacher.


Recommended dictionary: Hans Wehr (Milton Cowan, ed.), Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, London, 1976 (https://archive.org/details/Dict_Wehr.pdf)

Teaching methods

Teacher's lectures

Assessment methods

Written text followed, if passed, by oral exam-

Office hours

See the website of Raoul Villano