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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARAB1015 Arabic for Beginners

20 creditsClass Size: 37

Module manager: Dr Abdul-Bashid Shaikh

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

Year running 2023/24

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

- Have you ever considered learning a new language? - If so, why don't you try Arabic? 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 enthusiastic and competent teachers who have a well-established reputation in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. For further information please consult our website:


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 the 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 the 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

60 hours - practical homework prior to and after the classes.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral Presentation10 minutes10.00
PracticalLanguage Coursework40.00
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
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins50.00
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: 01/11/2023


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