Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA1015: Arabic for Beginners

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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
Weekly practical and written assignments Weekly practical and written assignments 1-14verbal and/or written 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 30One 90 minutes written test including reading, writing, grammar and translation One listening test (30 minutes) One oral test (7 minutes per student) 1-14 verbal and/or written feedback
Written Examination (May/June assessment period)502 hours 1,3,5,6,11,13verbal and/or written feedback
Oral Examination 107 minutes 2,4,10,11Verbal feedback
Listening Examination 1030 minutes 2,6,11verbal and/or written 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 AssessmentOral Assignment: ( 2 minutes Video Recording) Listening Assignment (up to 30 minutes) Written assignment under exam conditions (200 words in Arabic) 2 hours under exam conditions3,6,11,12,13August/September reassessment period
Written Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 50%1,3,5,6,11,13August/September reassessment period
Oral Examination Oral Examination (7 minutes) 10%2,4,10,11August/September reassessment period
Listening Examination Listening Examination (30 minutes) 10%2,6,11August/September reassessment period