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Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Arabic Language 3

Unit code MEST51031
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No


This is an intermediate level language course which provides students with the opportunity to continue and extend their knowledge and skills -as developed in the 1st year - and enable them to achieve competence in Arabic approximately equivalent to B1 (common reference) level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). This course underscores all four communication skills (reading, speaking, listening and writing) and uses audio and video material to familiarise students with native speakers in their local environment, introducing listening and cultural aspects of the Arab world to prepare students for their year abroad.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Arabic Language 2 MEST51022 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


To consolidate the language skills acquired by students in MEST51022. The course also offers opportunities for students to increase their knowledge and appreciation of not only the language, in its Modern Standard form, but also the varieties of Arabic dialects and cultural production in the Arab world. 

Learning outcomes

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


Course content is based on a set book plus supplementary material

* Information about Arab culture will be introduced implicitly and/or explicitly within topics covered.

Teaching and learning methods

6 language classes weekly. Classes consist of formal grammar teaching and practice of the functions of grammatical structures through reading, writing, translation, speaking and listening exercises. All students are expected to make use of the University Language Centre ( and utilise its resources regularly. Course includes weekly assignments.

Office Hours: 2 hours per week


Overview of Blackboard content:

This course and all its materials are available on Blackboard. Resources to extend on classroom work and for self-study will be made available. Work is classified according to skill, e.g. Reading, Listening, Grammar, etc. There will also be folders for work done weekly. 


Extra-curricular activities:

  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

All students are encouraged to take part in the PASS scheme to run sessions for 1st year students, in which attendees have a chance to actively discuss difficult course concepts with their peers.  Sessions focus on problem solving in groups in a tutor-free environment where students can raise key questions with each other and, in doing so, understand the material better themselves.  PASS is student-led, informal, friendly and hopefully fun.  

  • Middle Eastern Film Club, taking part in celebrations of Middle Eastern Festivals.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Identify more complex grammatical structures and apply them to writing and translation.
  • Engage in more complex oral dialogues and simple debates.
  • Familiarise themselves with the different varieties of the Arabic dialects and the cultural production in the Arab world.

Intellectual skills

  • Engage in problem solving activities, grammatical and textual analysis and translation.  

Practical skills

  • This course leads to further Arabic language learning to enable students to graduate with Arabic language skills demanded by different organisations including governmental, business and NGOs.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

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

Assessment methods



Written exam

January- 2 hours


Speaking weeks 11/12- 6-8 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 they will receive written feedback. 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 assignments

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 if required (during office hours).

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

Recommended reading

Course Book: (Subject to change with prior notice)

Brustad, Kirsten et al. (eds), Al-Kitaab fii ta’llum al-Arabiyya, Part Two (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2005), 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, 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.

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 33
Supervised time in studio/wksp 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 145

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Abdelghani Mimouni Unit coordinator
Orieb Masadeh-Tate Unit coordinator

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