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Arabic 4 (LL20B)



This module is offered to students who achieved B1 of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference), or a high grade of AS level, or equivalent in International Baccalaureate, or Language Centre Arabic 3 or equivalent.

Main Objectives:

To understand ideas in complex text, and produce text on a wide range of topics
To work towards B2.1 of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference).


This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching and Delivery

This course will be blended teaching: asynchronous, synchronous and seminars.

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 over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.

Date and Time

Teaching starts week commencing 12th October

Fridays; 11:00-14:00 (for optional and language degree students), Room S0.08.

Mondays; 17:00-18:00 (culture hour for language degree students only), Online (with occasional seminars F2F)

  • Optional Students

One interim test (term 1); 10% weighting

One speaking test (term 3); 40% weighting

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

  • Language Degree Students

One interim test (term 1); 10% weighting

One culture component test (term 2); 15% weighting

One speaking test (term 3); 35% weighting

One reading/writing test (term 1); 40% weighting


Mohammed Dayoub

Course Book (must be bought by students)

  • Arabiyyat Al-Naas (Part Two) by Munther Younes and Hanada Al-Masri, first edition 2014, Routledge, ISBN: 978-0-415-50908-4

  • Click HERE for companion website (the book should have a studen token that needs activating before getting the resources)

Recommended Ditionary

  • Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary ISBN-10: 0879500034

Supplementary Material

Course Description

This module will strengthen reading and writing skills and will also reinforce the communicative skills acquired during previous study of the Arabic language. Students will gain further insights into the culture and civilisation of Arabic-speaking countries. The module will offer a more advanced study of language structure and syntax, and will concentrate on using the target language for discussing and analysing aspects of Arabic society.
Successful completion of Arab 4 qualifies students to progress to Arabic 5.


The syllabus is based on the course book, the tutor's own material and authentic contexts online. It will cover the various skills of writing, reading, listening, speaking and grammar in addition to the social and cultural topics where appropriate. It is broken down as follows:

  • Historical review of Arabic and a review of food/drinks, health, sports, weather, transport and professions.
  • Arab women and their role in society.
  • Religion in the Arab World.
  • Eids and other festivities.
  • Financial and economic affairs.
  • Policing and legal affairs.
  • Politics and rulers.
  • Historical perspective on Palesine and two of her famous poets.
  • Military affairs: defence expenditure and major battles/wars.
  • The environment.
  • Animals: "the ship of the desert".

Every unit is accompanied with listening exercises in both MSA and the colloquial varieties as appropriate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • Understand the main ideas and some detail of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics
  • Interact with fluency and spontaneity, and account for and sustain viewpoints
  • Write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects; explain viewpoints on topical issues