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Arabic 3 (LL259)



Successful completion of Arabic 2.

Main Objectives:

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 will enhance your understanding of additional structural pattterns appropriate to this level which in turn will help you become more creative in generating matching structures but on various topics.


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.


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 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 2 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 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
  • Unit Eleven: Love, Romance and Marriage - The story of Qais and Layla & Samples of Nizar Qabbani's poetry.
  • Unit Twelve: The Arab Woman - Her role in elections and politics

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

Learning Outcomes

  • General: express views, feelings, likes and dislikes in a variety of social and cultural contexts appropriate to the level, making use of the structural and grammatical topics you have learnt.
  • Reading: develop reading fluency by understanding the various structures of the selective texts.
  • Writing: ability to produce meaningful texts based on the understanding established from the structural and grammatical areas covered. Students are expected to deliver 150-180 words on a specific topic.
  • Speaking: will be able to express opinions and feelings of the various topics, including studies.
  • Listening: Understand dialogues on common themes and have the ability to relate what you have heard to others in your own words and give your opinion on what you heard.