Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2173: Living and Communicating in the Arab World

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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:

  • Introduction to the concept of Arabic diglossia, dialect and register. 
  • Fundamentals of comparative Arabic dialectology.
  • Introduction to the phonetics and phonology of an Arabic dialect.
  • Introduction to the grammar, morphology and syntax of an Arabic dialect.
  • Lexical development through vocabulary drill and role-play scenarios.
  • Reading handwriting, reading signage, reading basic media Arabic texts.
  • Health and wellbeing in the Arab World.
  • Social conventions and social behaviour in the Arab World.
  • Risk assessment techniques.
  • Staying in touch.
  • Personal financial planning and management.

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 Activities22Lectures: These focus on explaining grammar topics and acquiring practical skills for life in the Middle East. (11 hours per week over 2 weeks)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities33Language Workshops and Seminars: These are conducted in small groups and include Pair work, Group work, Language games and Language Lab work. (16.5 hours per week over 2 weeks)
Guided Independent Study30Homework assignments and preparation for class
Guided Independent Study20Learning grammar.
Guided Independent Study35Learning vocabulary.
Guided Independent Study35Listening and speaking practice.
Guided Independent Study30Preparation of assignments and for exams

Online Resources

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