Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3103: Advanced Arabic Language

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that 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. You will learn how to present a topic, a discussion and a conclusion.


  • Translation: You will be using the translation skills you acquired in 3rd year to translate advanced texts from Arabic into English and vice versa.


  • Listening and Speaking: Here you will enhance your listening and speaking capabilities by listening to and discussing topical issues.
  • Literature: You will be exposed to different types of classical and modern Arabic writings to deepen your knowledge of Arab culture

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 activity 176Mixed and interactive class activities (eight hours per week), spread to target the development of reading, writing, grammar, speaking and listening skills, together with knowledge of various genres of Arabic (e.g. media, literature)
Guided Independent Study124Weekly homework assignments: Translation: 22 hours reading & writing: 22 hours literature: 22 hours speaking: 22 hours; media listening: 36 hours

Online Resources

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

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/