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Arabic 1 (LL131)


  • Absolute Beginners.
  • Final year students are not normally permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules.
  • Students with certificate in Arabic such as GCSE will not be permitted.
Main Objectives
  • 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 Learning

One weekly session for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • Two-hour face-to-face class on campus
  • One hour scheduled online session
  • Some independent study will also be set

If health & safety restrictions are required, teaching may move online. 

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore for a 30 credit module, the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.


Term 1: One interim test (10%)

Term 3: One reading/writing test (50%) + one speaking test (40%)


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 1 Activity Book: ISBN 978-1-137-37226-0

Course Description

The module provides general foundation in the language.

  • 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 very few basic phrases and the alphabet.
  • Successful completion of Arabic 1 qualifies students to progress to Arabic 2.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Apply basic knowledge of grammar
  • Gain an insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
  • Interact about familiar topics and activities
  • Write simple texts giving background information and relating to areas of immediate need
  • Write short simple texts, including personal details


The syllabus will include the following:


Including items such as greetings, introductions, family, professions, describing things, directions, likes and dislikes, numerals, shopping, going out, telling the time and appointments, daily routine, and future plans.


Including basic grammatical structures such as gender, personal and attached pronouns, nominal and verbal sentences, rule of the definite article, nouns and adjectives, interrogatives, prepositions, comparative and superlative adjectives, verb patterns (present, past and future tenses).

Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Written and spoken communication
  • Strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Intercultural Awareness, Professionalism, Digital Literacy, Teamwork, Information Literacy, Self-awareness, Problem-solving, Sustainability, Ethical Values

Can count towards the Warwick Award

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