Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA1015: Arabic for Beginners

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Aims

The module will enable you to achieve basic proficiency in the language. You will first be introduced to the Arabic script, followed by the basics of Arabic grammar and syntax. Using a mixture of narrative-based and authentic content—both written and audio-visual—you will work on all language-related skills, including reading, listening, speaking, writing and cultural knowledge. You will be encouraged to practice learned material independently.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Extract a broad sense and some specified detail of texts at CEFRL level A1.
2. Extract a sense and some specified detail of aural communications at CEFRL level A1.
3. Write short and simple texts on selected topics at CEFRL level A1.
4. Verbally elicit, understand and communicate basic factual information and simple selected topics relevant to everyday situations in Arabic, displaying reasonable levels of accuracy, at CEFRL level A1.
5. Achieve straightforward translations out of Arabic.
6. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of Arabic and utilise it to understand and produce texts in it.
Discipline-Specific Skills7. Consolidate your own learning by using available learning aids, in a variety of media, and organise this process with guidance from course tutors.
8. Understand the principles of intensively learning a new language and organise learning time with guidance from course tutors.
9. Use a reference grammar book and a bilingual dictionary to check the structural and lexical accuracy of your writing and expression in Arabic.
Personal and Key Skills10. Work in groups at solving basic linguistic tasks.
11. Develop time management strategies through developing skills of self-study.
12. Exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills.
13. Deploy strategies for coping with unpractised linguistic, social and cultural situations.
14. Appreciate of the cultures of people who speak Arabic.