BA Politics and Arabic

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Arabic Language 3

Course unit fact file
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


Course content is based on a set course book* plus supplementary material

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



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

Available to students taking Arabic Studies, MES with Arabic, and any joint degree with Arabic. 


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. 

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

Assessment Task Formative or Summative Weighting within unit (if summative)
Continuous written assessment in-class: Week 9 Summative 10%
Continuous written assessment in-class: Week 10 Summative 10%
Written exam: January Summative 60%
Speaking Exam (Weeks 11/12) Summative 20%

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 method

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 made available.


Recommended reading

Course Books: (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. 

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 Reading:   

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).  

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

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 33
Seminars 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 134

Teaching staff

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

Additional notes

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. 


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.  


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