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Arabic 1 (LL131)

Teaching 2020/21 starts week commencing 19th October



Absolute Beginners. Please note that final year students are not permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules. Also, students with certificate in Arabic such as GCSE will not be permitted.

Main Objectives

- to enable students to develop competence in a range of predictable everyday tasks;
- to begin to develop strategies for language learning;
- to achieve A1 and to work towards A2 standard of the Common European Framework for Reference (CEFR)


This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching and Delivery

Delivery for this module will be online.

3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Date and Time

Tuesdays, 18:00-21:00. SYNCHRONOUS (ONLINE)

  • One interim test (term 1), 10% weighting
  • One speaking test in term 3; 40% weighting
  • One reading/writing test in term 3; 50% weighting

Nabila Semouh

Course Books (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 1 Activity Book: ISBN 978-1-137-37226-0
Additional Material (Recommended)
  • Mastering Arabic Grammar by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar ISNB 978-1-4039-4109-1

Other Resources

The text book Companion website:

  • Internet interactive material supplied by teacher.
  • Teacher's handouts.
  • Moodle (online supplementary material for independent learning)

Course Description

  • Students will develop through practice basic reading and writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • Students will acquire a grounding in essential grammar and gain an insight into Arabic society.
  • The module is suitable for learners with no background in Arabic or for those with some background knowledge of few basic phrases and the alphabet.
  • Successful completion of Arabic 1 qualifies students to progress to Arabic 2.
  • Students with certificate in Arabic such as GCSE will not be permitted.



  • 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
  • Telling the time
  • Days of the week; months of the year
  • Describing your daily routine
  • Comparatives and Superlataives
  • Future plans


  • Short and long vowels: Fathah, Dammah and Kasrah
  • length phenomenon: vowels and consonants
  • Tanween, Shadda and Sukuun
  • Sun and Moon letters
  • Special Arabic Sounds


  • Gender
  • Personal pronouns
  • Attached pronouns
  • Nominal sentences
  • The definite article
  • Nouns and adjectives
  • 'Yes' and 'No' questions and other interrogatives.
  • Prepositions
  • Idafa structure
  • Verb patterns: present tense
  • Verb patterns: past tense


  • 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 the relevant countries
  • Understand short texts in the target language, dealing with everyday material
  • Interact in simple way , and ask and answer questions on familiar topics
  • Write short simple texts, including personal details