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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARAB1016 Arabic for Beginners

30 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Mustapha Lahlali

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

This module is mutually exclusive with

ARAB1001Beginning Arabic 1
ARAB1002Beginning Arabic 2
ARAB1015Arabic for Beginners

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module offers you the opportunity to progress from the level of a total beginner to lower intermediate level (half a GCSE) in the four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening).On completion of this module you will be able to understand simple instructions, respond appropriately in everyday situations, express yourself using limited vocabulary and formulaic expressions and use the target language in a limited number of contexts so that it can be understood by a sympathetic native speaker.You will also develop an understanding of the structure of the language and the culture of the countries where the target language is spoken. You will be taught by tutors who excel in teaching Arabic as a foreign language.


The module aims to equip students with a basic grounding in Arabic grammar, reading and writing. Basic grammatical structures will be covered and vocabulary will be built up in key areas of everyday communication. Additionally, the module will introduce students to Arabic morphology and syntax.

The main focus will be on reading and writing. It aims to equip students with alphabets, morphology and syntax, and basic sentence construction in Arabic, and acquire some vocabulary which will help them to conduct basic conversations.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should have acquired a basic knowledge in writing and reading Arabic. They would also be able to identify the basic elements of Arabic grammar.

Students will also be able, with the aid of the dictionary, to read basic Arabic texts and hold basic Arabic conversations. Students are also expected to demonstrate the ability to read basic Arabic texts.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to understand Arabic alphabets, Arabic grammatical elements, and accumulate variety of vocabulary to help them read and comprehend basic texts.

Students will also be able to translate basic sentences from and into Arabic.


This module will introduce basic grammar fields and more syntactic constructions, as well as continuing to expand students' vocabulary in a variety of lexical fields. A wide range of grammatical topics will be covered, as well as wide range of basic texts for reading.

Students will also be introduced to writing basic Arabic sentences and paragraphs.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours158.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

preparatory reading for lectures/languages classes, completion of coursework and exam preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students' progress will be monitored through language coursework and written examination in May/June.

As in all our modules student progress will be monitored using the following methods:
- Written / oral assignments
- Designated feedback sessions (one per semester)
- Student questionnaires
- Personal tutee appointments
- Office hours
- Access to tutor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkThe same fortnightly language coursework is set in semesters 1 & 2 as for ARAB1015. In addition students of ARAB1016 submit two coursework items at the end of each semester on grammar and translation.40.00
Oral Presentation15 minutes, set at the end of semester 210.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/01/2014


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