ARABIC STAGE 1 - 2020/1

Module code: ARAL009

Module Overview

Modules in the Global Graduate Award programme cover the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. They also offer an introduction to the cultures and societies in which the target language is spoken and aim to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communication in the target countries, and for work or study periods abroad.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MARLEY Dawn (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: Global Graduate Award

JACs code: T610

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

No previous knowledge of Arabic required

Module content

Topic areas

  • social introductions

  • introduce yourself

  • introduce family and friends

  • welcoming people

  • describing someone

  • asking questions (How are you?)

  • coming and going/visiting/welcoming a guest

  • place and location

  • everyday life activities

  • day and time



  • gender

  • nouns and articles

  • singular attached pronouns (e.g. His, Her)

  • demonstrative pronouns (e.g. This, That)

  • interrogative pronouns (e.g. What, Who, How)

  • adjectives

  • basic numbers (oral)

  • the definite article (The)

  • prepositions (in, on, over, in front of)

  • nominal and verbal sentences

  • adverbs and their position in a sentence

  • negatives (No)

  • present tense

  • past tense

  • questions

  • most commonly used verbs

  • sentence structure

  • writing using Arabic script


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

A timed assessment covering the relevant skills, to be completed under exam conditions, or online.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


·         their linguistic progress over the duration of the course;

·         their growing ability to understand and produce basic Arabic;

·         their increasing awareness of Arabic culture and the Arabic-speaking world;

·         the level of Arabic they have achieved at the end of the course.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Four in-class assessments, covering the four skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Assessments 1 and 2 to be held at the end of Semester 1; Assessment 3 before the Spring break and Assessment 4 at the end of Semester 2.

Formative assessment and feedback


Students will receive in-class verbal feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.    

Module aims

  • Students will have learnt the arabic alphabet
  • The different positions of the letter within a word
  • Vowels and their effect on the letters
  • understanding the gist and details of the spoken language at the basic level
  • communivate and respond confidently to oral simple information
  • understanding the gist and details of the written language at the basic level
  • write simple messages

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Students achieve a high level of accuracy and fluency at a given level of proficiency and are able to understand and evaluate information
2 Present information
3 Communicate using approproiate registers
4 Produce texts at varying levels of formaility
5 Students are encouraged to take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpooints
6 Analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers
7 Reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour
8 Become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices
9 Communicate with others using their ways of expression, both verbally and non-verbally
10 The acquisition of language learning strategies and techniques is an integral part of GGA modules. Learning strategies also aim to support independent learning and to facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages
11 Students are encouraged to self-assess their progress and to map their linguistic competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Languages.
12 The development of independent learning strategies, research skills and transferable skills is supported by the use of learning technology.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 112

Lecture Hours: 38

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


  • Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and vocabulary through attending classes regularly;

  • Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group work, reading and practicing/preparing outside contact hours, and participating in class activities;

  • Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;

  • Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study;

  • Develop communication skills through interactions in class.



The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Two contact hours per week over 19 weeks in Semesters 1 & 2

  • Teaching will be in the target language as far as possible.

  • Classes will include group work, such as role play, and short presentations in the language.

  • Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.

Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in order to practice new structures and to prepare for in-class activities.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for ARABIC STAGE 1 :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.