Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM081: Advanced Arabic Language

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

How this Module is Assessed

In the tables below, you will see reference to 'ILO's. An ILO is an Intended Learning Outcome - see Aims and Learning Outcomes for details of the ILOs for this module.

Formative Assessment

A formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your understanding of the module content but it will not count towards your mark for the module.

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
One assignment per week - either a written exercise or oral presentation (during the study period in Exeter)Written assignments: 500 words each; Oral presentations: 15 minutes each1-5, 7-8Written and verbal
One work placement application in ArabicOne-page covering letter, completed application form and two-page CV6Oral feedback
One work placement review in Arabic (including a brief statement from employer)Two-page review6, 7, 9Oral feedback

Summative Assessment

A summative assessment counts towards your mark for the module. The table below tells you what percentage of your mark will come from which type of assessment.

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

...and this table provides further details on the summative assessments for this module.

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Continuous assessment. 3x assessed assignments (1 written in class test 10%;, 1 oral presentation 10%;, 1 extended essay in Arabic 10%)30Written test: 90 minutes; Oral presentation 15 minutes; Extended essay in Arabic (1000 words)1-5, 7-8Written/verbal feedback
Oral examination/interpreting1015 minutes 4, 5, 8Verbal feedback
Presentation1015 minutes4, 5, 8Verbal feedback
Written examination503 hours 1-3, 5, 7-8Written feedback


Re-assessment takes place when the summative assessment has not been completed by the original deadline, and the student has been allowed to refer or defer it to a later date (this only happens following certain criteria and is always subject to exam board approval). For obvious reasons, re-assessments cannot be the same as the original assessment and so these alternatives are set. In cases where the form of assessment is the same, the content will nevertheless be different.

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Continuous assessmentAssignment (1000 words)1-3, 5, 7-8August/September reassessment period
Oral examinationOral examination (15 minutes)4, 5, 8August/September reassessment period
PresentationOral presentation (15 minutes)4, 5, 8 August/September reassessment period
Written examinationWritten examination (3 hours)1-3, 5, 7-8August/September reassessment period