Arabic Elementary - LA308

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


Arabic is fast becoming a language which is considered popular for prospective employers, travelling or simply to gain knowledge of an exciting, vibrant and diverse culture. Arabic Post-Beginners A2.1 builds on the skills you acquired on the Arabic Beginners course (or its equivalent) in order to develop your communicative skills to enable you to engage in interactive activities and everyday situations through using a range of phrase and sentence structures such as ordering food in a restaurant, asking and giving directions. A mixture of Arabic and English is employed to introduce new grammatical topics and class instructions. You are encouraged to practise in pair work and group work.
Key language structures and cultural background will be taught through the means of purpose designed Arabic language course books, video and audio materials.
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
*Students who have taken LA307 do not need to buy an additional core-textbook.

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:
- Communicate in Arabic by using simple sentences including basic greetings and introductions, and asking and answering simple direct questions on familiar topics such as family, student life, travelling and shopping.
- Explain simple factual information on personal and familiar topics such as expressing someone's personal data and explaining about items in a shop.
- Understand short, simple texts such as short letters, emails and diaries written in simple sentences.
- Write short, simple texts such as short letters and emails explaining daily life.


Students who complete this module successfully can progress onto LA522


  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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