Arabic Beginners - LA307

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 3)
Autumn 4 15 (7.5) DR M Awadalla checkmark-circle


This 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 the following module collections.

Contact hours

3 hours of seminar per week over 10 weeks, 30 class contact hours in total.


Core Textbook Costs:
£35 approximately

Method of assessment

In-course tests 80%
- Listening
- Writing
- Reading
- Speaking
Course assignment 20%

Indicative reading

Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar (2014) Mastering Arabic 1. 3rd edition. Box set London: Palgrave. ISBN 9781137380456.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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