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Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Arabic Language 2

Unit code MEST51022
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No


This is an upper beginner’s level language course which will offer the students the opportunity to progress from the level of total beginners to lower intermediate level. Students will be introduced to the skills of reception (reading and listening), production (speaking and writing), in addition to simple translation. On completion of this course, the student will be able to understand simple instructions, respond appropriately in everyday situations, express themselves using limited vocabulary and formulaic expressions and use the target language in a number of contexts. By the end of the course the students are expected to achieve competence in Arabic approximately equivalent to A2 (common reference) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).   The course content is based on a set course book plus supplementary material.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Arabic Language 1 MEST51011 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
MEST10112 Pre-Requisite

Available to students on the following programmes:
Arabic Studies, MLBM and Arabic, Arabic with a European Languages.

Please note:

Arabic Language classes run by Middle Eastern Studies are available  to Students from A/MES and Minor


The aim is to familiarize the students with the spoken and written forms and grammar of the Arabic and to enable them to begin to express themselves in writing, simple role-play and simple dialogues, and to begin to read and translate simple source texts. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Teaching and learning methods

6 language classes weekly.  Classes consist of formal grammar teaching and practice of the functions of the grammatical structures through reading, writing, translation, speaking and listening exercises. Students are encouraged to become members of the University Language Centre and to use its resources regularly. There will be weekly assignments.

Office Hours: 2 hours per week


Course Content:

The course content is based on a set course book plus supplementary materials* Information about Arab culture will be introduced implicitly and/or explicitly within topics covered.


Overview of Blackboard Content:

This course and all its materials are available on the online platform Blackboard. There will be resources to extend on classroom work and for self-study. Work will be classified according to skill, e.g. Reading, listening, Grammar, etc. and there will also be folders for work done week by week. 

Knowledge and understanding

Students will be able to:

  • Understand, speak, read and write in Simple Arabic.
  • Express themselves in writing, with simple role-play and simple dialogues
  • Read simple source texts and translate them to and from the target language
  • Improve their understanding of the Arabic by listening to people talking about different subjects


Intellectual skills

  • Engage in problem solving activities, working on grammar and simple translation activities.  

Practical skills

The students will learn the same skills as in MEST 51011 -Arabic language 1, with a wider range of vocabulary and advanced grammar


This will Enable the students to use the language communication skills in everyday activities and to a limited extent, in the work situation. Students will principally be able to:

  •  Introduce themselves
  • Find about other people
  • Read notices, signs, advertisements and simple messages
  • Write simple messages and filling forms.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • develop their ability to improve their independent learning and performance by identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • develop their personal organization and time management skills.
  • develop their interpersonal and communicative skills through group work inside and outside the class-room and preparing  written and oral classroom presentations.
  • begin to gain awareness of and responsiveness to cultural diversity and intercultural communication.

Assessment methods





Written exam (Summer) - 2 hours



Speaking (weeks 11/12  - 5-7 minutes)  


Listening (weeks 11/12- up to 50 minutes)



The rubric for all exams including content, style, word count and length will be specified on BlackBoard



Formative Assessment:

Students will have formative assessment during the semester to assess their progress and to give them written feedback on it. This will be spread over the weeks and will test all four language skills. 

Feedback methods

Feedback for this module consists of:

  • Formative feedback on weekly assignment

In-class comments on language learning and students’ performance in Oral and Written Arabic

Written comments on assignments/homework throughout the year.

Face to face feedback during office hours.

  • Summative feedback
  • Feedback sheets indicating the quality of the exam performance in the various categories will be available to students.

Recommended reading

Course Book (Subject to change with prior notice):

Brustad, Kirsten et al. (eds), Al-Kitaab fii ta’llum al-Arabiyya, Part One (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2004), this is the 2nd edition with DVD.

Supplementary materilas will be provided by the tutors.

Recommended Texts:      

Doniach, N.S. et al., The Concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary (Oxford: OUP, 1984);

Wehr, Hans, Arabic-English dictionary (Urbana, Illinois: Spoken Languages Services, 1994).

Students are required to be in possession of a dictionary when the classes start.

Abboud, P.F. et al. (eds), Elementary Modern Standard Arabic (EMSA) (Cambridge: CUP, 3rd ed. 1983).

Brustad, K., Al-Batal, M. & Atonsi, A., Alif baa fi ta’alum al’arabya (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2004). Mace, J., Arabic Grammar (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998);

Wightwick, J. & Gaafar, M., Mastering Arabic (including CD pack) (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 1990).

Gaafar, M & Wightwick, J., Easy Arabic Reader (London: McGraw-Hill, 2011).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 178

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Orieb Masadeh-Tate Unit coordinator

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