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Arabic 3 (LL259)

Teaching 2021/21 starts week commencing 11th October



The module is offered to students with prior knowledge of Arabic: A2 of the CEFR, or high grade in GCSE or equivalent, or equivalent in International Baccalaureate, or Language Centre Arabic 2 or Beginners Accelerated, or equivalent.

Main Objectives
  • To understand and produce texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest
  • To achieve B1 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference)

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching and Delivery

The 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

Mondays; 17:00-20:00, Synchronous (online)

Advice and Feedback Hours

Tuesday 15:00-17:00

  • 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 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 may have a student token that needs activating before getting the resources)
Recommended Dictionary
  • Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary ISBN-10: 0879500034
Supplementary Material

Course Description

This module will give students the chance to spend some time learning and reinforcing the basics of the Arabic language. It will offer an opportunity for students not specialising in foreign languages to improve their communicative competence in Arabic as a supplement to their studies in other spheres. For those students intending to travel to Arab-speaking countries, either for study or work placements, the module can work as a refresher and promote confidence-building for communicating with native speakers abroad.
Successful completion of Arabic 3 qualifies students to progress to Arabic 4.



The syllabus is based on the course book and the tutor's own material and 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:

  • Unit One: The Arab World and readings in the history of the Modern Arab World.
  • Unit Two: Arabic Cities (Cairo and Baghdad)
  • Unit Three: The Arabic Language - its origin and spread
  • Unit Four: Food and Drink - Sarah's big kitchen and the history of coffee
  • Unit Five: Health - Food of the Mediterranean
  • Unit Six: Sports
  • Unit Seven: Travel and Transport
  • Unit Eight: The Weather (Amman, New York and the Arab World) - Weather Bulletins
  • Unit Nine: Education
  • Unit Ten: Jobs and Professions

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


The module will reinforce students' usage of the tenses and the basic grammatical structures, but focus will be given to developing good understanding of the verb patterns and derivation, use of the cases in context, the active and passive participle forms, the passive voice and verbal nouns, the usage of different types of connectors, relative pronouns and others.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • Understand the main points on matters regularly encountered
  • Understand texts dealing with descriptions of events and feelings, and with work-related language
  • Enter unprepared into conversation, describe experiences and events and give reasons for opinions
  • Produce text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest