Intermediate Arabic Language II

Module titleIntermediate Arabic Language II
Module codeARA2139
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Ms Fatima Rawan (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This is a core module for Third Year Single and Combined Honours students. You will build on knowledge from prerequisite module ARA1033A, ARA1033B Elementary Arabic Language and ARA2174 your year abroad or equivalent.

Having spent a year in an Arabic-speaking country, you will have a deeper knowledge of Arabic language and culture and knowledge of different Arabic dialects. This module will help you to build on this experience and to develop active and passive learning of Arabic through a wide range of written and audio-visual materials. You will strengthen your awareness of the different styles and registers of Arabic and to develop your skills in composition and translation whilst consolidating your use of colloquial Arabic.

Module aims - intentions of the module

Building on the Year Abroad learning experience, this module aims to develop a deeper knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures; to develop active and passive learning of Arabic through a wide range of written and audio-visual materials; to strengthen your awareness of different styles and registers of Arabic; to broaden your skills in using Arabic; to develop your skills in composition and translation. The module also aims to consolidate your use of colloquial Arabic.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. deal with grammatical and syntactical features of written Arabic and spoken Arabic;
  • 2. read various genres of Arabic texts, to write in Arabic, as well as to translate from and into written Arabic, with and without the use of bilingual and monolingual dictionaries;
  • 3. listen to Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic and to communicate in standard and colloquial Arabic;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. express yourself in Arabic orally;
  • 5. express yourself in Arabic writing;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. develop time management skills and ability to conduct independent study;
  • 7. develop written and oral communication skills in a foreign language;
  • 8. develop teamwork skills through working in language groups.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Reading: You will be introduced to different types of texts. Correspondence, instructions and advertisements, opinion piece, literature etc.
  • Writing: You will be introduced to different styles of writing. Personal and formal correspondence, instructions, description and comparison, narration, argumentation etc. You will learn how to present a topic, a discussion and a conclusion.
  • Translation: Here you will become familiar with a range of text types by translating them from Arabic into English and from English into Arabic.
  • Listening: This includes listening to a variety of clips, which might include Media Arabic, broadcasts, news, interviews, documentaries etc.
  • Speaking: You will practice speaking about various topics in colloquial or modern standard Arabic.
  • Arabic Language through Literature: You will have a chance to practice your skills and deepen your knowledge and understanding of Arabic culture and literature.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity11022 x 5 hours of lectures and seminars on Arabic Language. Interactive class work on written texts, consolidating the linguistic skills of reading, writing and translating
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity6622 x 3 hours of seminars, language workshops and interactive class work for listening and speaking
Guided Independent Study124Weekly homework assignments in writing, translation, grammar, oral presentations and lab work


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Writing, reading and translation assignmentsStudents are expected to do weekly reading, writing, translation, listening or speaking assignments1-8Written or verbal feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Continuous assessment30One 5/10/15 minute speaking assignment. Length dependent upon individual/pair/group of 3 (10%); One 30 minute listening assignment (10%); One 2 hour written test (80%)Speaking (1, 3-4, 6-8); Listening (1, 3, 6); Written (1-2, 5-7)Written/verbal feedback
Oral examination1015 minutes1, 3-4, 6-8Written and verbal feedback
Listening examination1030 minutes1, 3, 6Written and verbal feedback
Written examination503 hours1-2, 5-7Written feedback


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral examinationOral examination (15 minutes) (10%)1, 3-4, 6-8August/September reassessment period
Listening examinationListening examination (30 minutes) (10%)1, 3, 6August/September reassessment period
Written examinationWritten examination (3 hours) (50%)1-2, 5-7August/September reassessment period
Continuous assessmentWritten Examination (2 hours) (30%)1-2, 5-7August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

Referral/ deferral: Continuous Assessment element reassessed via a 1 x 2 hour written paper (30%).


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Ben Amor, Taoufik, Developing Writing Skills in Arabic, Routledge, New York 2013.

Supporting Materials:

Wehr, H,  A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1979.

Concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage, Oxford University Press, 1982.

Karin C. Ryding, A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic, Cambridge university press, Cambridge 2005.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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Intermediate Arabic Language

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

ARA 1033 and Year Abroad (or equivalent)

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