This module is intended for students who are complete beginners to Arabic. If you do have some familiarity with the language or are a heritage speaker then you will need to take a placement test. The tests are used as a guide to assess your knowledge of Arabic. Please submit the mark sheet and the questionnaire to the Convenor of the relevant module (their details are on the downloadable documents). The Convenor will contact you for further information if necessary.
A placement test is not needed if you have no prior knowledge of Arabic.
OverviewThis module is intended for students who are complete newcomers to Arabic.
Arabic is fast becoming a language which is considered popular for prospective employers, travelling or simply to gain knowledge of a vibrant and diverse culture. Arabic Beginners A1 provides you with an introduction and familiarity with everyday life, activities, and culture of the Arab world. The module is taught in English and 'Standard' Arabic, the dialect common to the entire Arabic-speaking part of the world and not specifically associated with any given country or region. The course provides a balance between understanding the basic concepts of Arabic grammar and vocabulary, in addition to developing the skills to help you understand and speak Arabic.
Key language structures and cultural background will be taught through the means of purpose designed Arabic language course books, video and audio materials. You will learn how to introduce yourself, express simple factual information useful for going to a restaurant and ordering food, in addition to learning about topics related to travelling including the names of the main cities and capitals in the Arab world.
Some of our students who have previously studied on our Arabic language courses have gone onto internships, attended summer courses or simply travelled to the Middle East to enhance their learning experience.
This module appears in:
- Humanities Undergraduate Stage 1
- Humanities Undergraduate Stage 2 & 3
- Social Sciences Undergraduate Stage 1
- Social Sciences Undergraduate Stage 2 & 3
- Wild Modules
3 hours of seminar per week over 10 weeks, 30 class contact hours in total.
Core Textbook Costs:
Method of assessment
In-course tests 80%
Course assignment 20%
Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar (2014) Mastering Arabic 1. 3rd edition. Box set London: Palgrave. ISBN 9781137380456.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Read and write Arabic alphabet.
- Explain very simple factual information on personal and familiar topics such as expressing someone's personal data and explaining about items in a shop.
- Understand very short, simple texts such as short letters, emails and diaries written in very simple sentences.
- Gain introductory knowledge of the life and culture in Arabic speaking countries
Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA308