Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3103: Advanced Arabic Language

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 1-17Written and verbal

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 assessment30 One 30 minutes listening assignment One Speaking assignment One 90 minutes written test Literature: One 1000-word essay in Arabic to be submitted in week 6 of term 2 1-12, 14-17Written and verbal feedback
Written Examination 503 hours 1,3,5,6,11,13Verbal feedback
Oral Examination 1015 minutes 2,6,11Written and verbal feedback
Listening Examination 1030 minutes3,6,11,12,13 Written and verbal 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: video recording (5 minutes) Listening Assignment (Up to 30 minutes) Timed Written Assignment (400 words; 2 hours; 2,5,6,8,11,12,13,14August/September reassessment period
Written Examination Written examination (3 hours; 50%) 2,5,6,8,11,12,13,14August/September reassessment period.
Oral Examination Oral examination (15 minutes; 10%)2,6,11August/September reassessment period.
Listening Examination Listening Examination (30 minutes; 10%)3,6,11,12,13August/September reassessment period.