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Arabic Beginners - Accelerated (LL290)

Teaching 2020/21 starts week commencing 19th October



This module is offered to students of heritage background (through learning the Qur'an or through family background), or those who are good language learners and wish to challenge themselves. It is the equivalent of Arabic 1 + Arabic 2 combined.

Main Objectives

  • to understand and communicate in familiar and routine situations, using frequently used expressions
  • to develop strategies for language learning
  • to achieve A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)


This is a 24 or 30 CREDIT module.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required

Teaching and Delivery

  • 4 hours per week blended language classes (asynchronous, synchronous and seminars) for 21 weeks

Date and Time

Wednesdays 14:00-16:00, Room R1.03

Fridays: 9:00-11:00, Room R1.04

The above dates and times apply for one occurrence. If a second occurrence takes place, the timing will be:

Mondays: 13:00-15:00

Fridays: 12:00-14:00


One interim test (term 1); 10% weighting

One speaking test (term 3); 40% weighting

One reading/writing test (term 3); 50% weighting


Nabila Semouh

Course Texts (must be bought by students)

  • Mastering Arabic 1 (Book only) by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar: ISBN 978-1-137-38044-9 OR
  • Mastering Arabic 1 (Book and CD Pack): ISBN 978-1-137-38045-6
  • Mastering Arabic 2 (Book only); ISBN 978-1-352-00850-0 OR
  • Mastering Arabic 2 (Book and CD Pack) by Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar; ISBN 978-0-230-22086-7
  • Moodle resources and activities
Additional Material (Recommended)
  • Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book: ISBN 978-1-137-37226-0
  • Mastering Arabic 2 Activity Book, 2nd edition: ISBN: 9781352008845
  • Mastering Arabic Grammar by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar: ISNB 978-1-403-94109-1
  • Internet interactive material supplied by teacher and material uploaded on Moodle to enhance learning outside class.
  • Tutor's handouts.

Course Description

Due to the 'accelerated' nature of the module, evidence of prior linguistic achievement (e.g. a high GCSE grade or A2 CEFR level in another European language) is essential.
Students will learn the basics of the Arabic language.
This will offer an opportunity for students to develop their communicative competence in Arabic. For those students intending to travel to Arabic-speaking countries, either for study or on work placements, this fast-paced module can promote confidence-building for communicating with native speakers abroad and helps you achieve a higher level of proficiency in one year than in non-accelerated modules.
Successful completion of Arabic Beginners Accelerated qualifies students to progress to Arabic 3 .



Course Book 1

  • Getting started: greetings; letters of the alphabet : group 1 ( ب ت ث ن ي )
  • Introducing yourself: countries and nationalities
  • Putting words together; letters of the alphabet: group 2 ( ا د ذ ر ز و )
  • The family; letters of the alphabet: group 3 ( ج ح خ ه م )
  • Professions; joining letters; letters of the alphabet: group 4 ( س ش ص ض )
  • Describing things; letters of the alphabet: group 5 ( ف ق ك ل )
  • Polite requests; using public transport
  • Where is it? Letters of the alphabet: group 6 ( ط ظ ع غ )
  • Asking for and giving directions; describing places
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Counting things: In the market; shopping for food
  • Going Shopping: understanding prices, weights and measurements
  • Colours: shopping for clothes
  • Going out: ordering food and drink
  • Describing past events
  • Describing a holiday; the weather
  • Telling the time
  • Days of the week; months of the year
  • Describing your daily routine

Course Book 2

  • Talking about yourself, your family and your childhood.
  • Describing your house and renting or buying a house/apartment.
  • Talking about jobs, housework, job vcancies.
  • Sport and leisure, going out.
  • Talking about travel and tourism, means of transport, and travel in the Arab World.
  • Talking about food, cooking and booking a table at a restaurant.
  • Talking about clothes, fashion and shopping for clothes.
  • Education and training: school and university studies.
  • News and media.
  • The weather and environment.
  • Health and some medical terms.
  • Arts and culture

Each unit of Book Two will cover some cultural background on one Middle Eastern country, describing some habits, heritage, etc.

  • Short and long vowels: Fathah, Kasrah and Damma and ا ، و ، ي
  • Length phenomenon: vowels and consonants
  • Tanween, Shadda and Sukuun
  • Sun and Moon letters
  • Special Arabic Sounds
  • Linking and assimilation
  • Gender
  • Personal pronouns
  • Attached pronouns
  • Nominal sentences
  • The definite article
  • Nouns and adjectives
  • 'Yes' and 'No' questions
  • Interrogative particles & interrogative phrases
  • Prepositions
  • Idafa structure
  • Verb patterns: present tense
  • Verb patterns: past tense
  • Future tense
  • Negation of present, past and future
  • Added and doubled verbs
  • Weak verbs: some patterns.
  • The imperative
  • Listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • Develop strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Gain an insight into everyday life in Arab-speaking countries
  • Interact in simple way , and ask and answer questions on familiar topics
  • Write short simple texts, including personal details