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Arabic Beginners for Language Degree Students (LL2B9)


  • Ab-initio language degree students
  • Good language learners who 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)

30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS

Teaching and Learning

Two weekly sessions for 21 weeks, organised as:

  • 4 hours per week (2 sessions) face-to-face
  • 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 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.


Term 1: One interim test (10%)

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


Mohammed Dayoub:

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 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

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply basic knowledge of grammar
  • Gain an insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
  • Apply strategies for understanding gist and short description
  • Interact about familiar topics and activities
  • Write simple texts giving background information and relating to areas of immediate need



Including greetings and introductions, talking about your family, describing things and places, professions, polite requests, obtaining directions, likes and dislikes, means of transport, shopping, food and drink, the weather, describing past events, daily routine, describing your childhood, describing your home, talking about jobs, sports and leisure, travel and tourism, clothing and fashion, education, the environment, health, and arts.


Including gender, personal pronouns, attached pronouns, idafa phrases, basic sentence structures, prepositions, the use tenses, weak verbs, interrogative particles, some plural forms (sound and broken plurals), negation, the use of cases (nominative, accusative, and genitive), verb patterns, and derivation of other parts of speech.

Subject-specific and transferable skills
  • Written and spoken communication including cultural awareness
  • Problem-solving, Self-awareness, Communication, Teamwork, Information literacy, Digital literacy, Sustainability, Ethical values, Intercultural awareness, Professionalism

Can count towards the Warwick Award

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