L-OR/12 - 6 CFU - Annual Tuition

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Learning Objectives

Be able to understand and produce information in Modern Standard Arabic in contexts requiring the use of a sector-specific language.

In particular, be able to understand, distinguish and produce journalistic types of text using the appropriate technical terminology.

In particular, the following:

- Understand written and oral journalistic information;

- Identify lexical and morphosyntactic features of the Media Arabic language;

- Answer questions about a journalistic text in written and oral form;

- Summarize, in written and oral form, a journalistic information using appropriate vocabulary and connectors;

- Knowing and being able to use the sector-specific terminology relating to "Conferences and meetings", "Demonstrations", and "Reports on language and culture";

- Produce, in written and oral form, a critical commentary on a news item.

Course Structure

Class lectures, practical exercises.

Detailed Course Content

The course is structured in two sections.

The first section aims at providing a theoretical and methodological framework to contextualize the sector-specific language of Media Arabic: historical contextualization of the development of media in Arab countries and morphosyntactic and lexical description of journalistic Arabic (Media Arabic).

The second practical section will focus on the linguistic analysis of (written and oral) texts in journalistic Arabic and in particular on three topics: "Conferences and meetings", " Demonstrations" and "Reportage on language and culture".

Textbook Information

Introductory theoretical framework

- El Mustapha Lahlali, 2011, "Historical Development of the Arab Media", in Contemporary Arab Broadcast Media, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 9-50 (Ch. I);

- Effat Ragia M., Versteegh K., 2008, "Media Arabic", in EALL, pp. 199-204;


Practical section

- Elgibali, Alaa and Nevenka Korica, Media Arabic: A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News. AUC, Cairo, 2014. From the beginning to p. 62


Additional material will be provided by the lecturer in class and through the Studium platform.


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