Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2139: Intermediate Arabic Language II

This module descriptor refers to the 2024/5 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Reading: You will be introduced to different types of authentic texts; including literary, practical and journalistic.
  • Writing: You will be introduced to different styles of writing. Personal and formal correspondence, instructions, description and comparison, narration, argumentation etc. You will learn how to present a topic, a discussion and a conclusion.
  • Translation: Here you will become familiar with a range of text types by translating them from Arabic into English and from English into Arabic.
  • Listening: This includes listening to a variety of clips, which might include Media Arabic, broadcasts, news, interviews, documentaries etc.
  • Speaking: You will practice speaking about various topics in colloquial or modern standard Arabic.
  • Arabic language through literature: You will have a chance to practice your skills and deepen your knowledge and understanding of Arabic cultures and literatures.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity13222 x 6 hours of lectures and seminars on Arabic Language. Interactive class work on written texts, consolidating the linguistic skills of reading, writing and translating
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity4422 x 2 hours of seminars, language workshops and interactive class work for listening and speaking
Guided Independent Study124Weekly homework assignments in writing, translation, grammar, oral presentations and lab work

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

 ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/