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Arabic 4 (LL20B)



This is a higher intermediate course offered to students who have 3-4 years knowledge of Arabic, AS or an A level in Arabic that needs improving (or equivalent) in addition to those students who have successfully completed the Arabic 3 programme at Warwick.

Main Objectives:

The course aims at developing your skills in the communicative competences of Modern Standard Arabic in relation to both concrete and abstract topics. You will also be able to manipulate the language in unfamiliar situations and with different audiences in addition to developing your insight into the indepth structure of the language. The social, cultural and political aspects, that are incorporated into the course, will play an important role in ehancing your intercultural awareness and senstivity towards Arabic societies.


This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.


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.


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

The module is a continuation from Level 3 and aims at developing students' skills further in the communicative competences of Modern Standard Arabic and in the cultural and social framework of the target language.

In addition, the course introduces comparable texts, audio and video clips between MSA and the colloquial varieties of the Levantine . The aim is to establish an appreciation of the major processes involved that undelrine these differences.

The texts and contexts studied are predicted daily situations and reflect many of the features appropriate to Arabic society, culture and language in use.


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 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 a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level.
  • Develop strategies for locating information and understanding structure
  • Understand and produce the main ideas of complex text on concrete and abstract topics
  • Understand extended speech in a variety of contexts, and the gist of most current affairs programmes and films (including implied meaning).
  • Read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems.
  • 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, giving advantages and disadvantages.