A Post-A/S Level or equivalent module in Arabic language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to 3rd & 4th Years
  • Thursdays 16.00-18.00
  • Planned delivery: On campus (South Kensington)
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
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A communicative module for students with some prior knowledge of the Arabic language and culture of the Arabic-speaking countries.

This module aims to:

  • Further develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a range of contexts regularly encountered in daily life, e.g. at work, college, and leisure
  • Familiarise students with commonly used patterns, clusters and collocations in Arabic, e.g. word order, idioms, common usage and regular structures
  • Equip students with the knowledge, skills, tools and ‘know how’ to become autonomous learners
  • Give an insight into the culture, society and daily life in the Arabic-speaking countries and explore the relationship between language and culture

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the B1+ standard of the Common European Framework (CEFR)

To be eligible for this module you need to have done one of the following:

  • Successfully completed Arabic Level 2
  • Gained an Arabic A/S level Qualification
  • Already achieved A2+ or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Please note: This module is currently undergoing minor modifications and is therefore subject to change. 

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Learning outcomes

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  • interact adequately and deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in the Arab World
  • understand the main points of clear and slow standard speech on familiar matters relating to personal or professional interest, e.g. radio or TV programmes, current affairs and others
  • read and understand texts relating to high frequency everyday or job-related language
  • enter unprepared into conversation on familiar topics of personal or professional interest
  • use cohesive devices to connect sentences, give reasons and explanations, and narrate a short story or relate the plot of a film
  • describe hopes, wishes, dreams, ambitions and plans
  • use cultural knowledge and insights to analyse and understand new situations, traditions and practices

Indicative core content


  • the negative particle ‘laysa’;
  • interrogatives and question words;
  • ‘amma’ and ‘fa’ (as for ….); ordinal numbers;
  • the prepositions ‘ilaa’ and ‘3ala’ + pronouns;
  • object pronouns; the subjunctive; quantifiers (e.g. all, several, no one, each, every);
  • the adjectival sentence;
  • the comparative and superlative: ‘af3al’ form;
  • conjugation of verbs with a vowel letter: (initial, medial, final);
  • negation of the future: ‘lan’;
  • ‘kaana’ and its sisters;
  • ‘inna’ and its sisters; the jussive mood: ‘lam’;
  • verbs with doubled ending; conjugation of ‘maa zaala’


  • daily activities and living with the extended family;
  • the ‘family house’; social clubs: ‘al-nadi’;
  • media Arabic;
  • the weekend;
  • friendships and relationships;
  • personalities and life styles;
  • a hotel guide;
  • life-changing decisions;
  • biographies;
  • working and studying abroad;
  • Edward Said immigration and nostalgic feelings

Learning and teaching approach

Weekly in-class activities cover reading, writing, listening and speaking. Learning will involve pair work, group work, and individual tasks and will include critical evaluation of texts, audio and video material. A range of weekly homework tasks give you the opportunity to revise and consolidate knowledge and skills.

All pieces of coursework are marked and returned within two weeks. Detailed feedback is provided for each individual section of the coursework, giving the correct answer along with suggestions for improvement.  Generic feedback on each individual piece of coursework is also provided in class.


  • Coursework: Listening comprehension, grammar and writing tasks (approx. 300 words) (10%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam including reading comprehension, grammar and writing tasks (approx. 380 words) (20%)
  • Practical: 7-minute Oral test (10%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam including reading comprehension, grammar and writing tasks (approx. 380 words) (20%)
  • Practical: 20-minute End-of-module Oral Exam (40%)

Key information

  • 7.5 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the module.
  • Available to take for credit towards your degree where your department allows. Also available for extra-credit.
  • You must be prepared to attend all classes and and undertake approximately 3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

Coursebook: Brustad, K. et al. 2004. Al-Kitaab fi Ta ‘allum al-‘Arabiyya (Part I, with DVDs). Georgetown University Press, supported by additonal materials

Dictionary: Cowan, J.M. 1999. The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic. Fourth Edition. Spoken Language Services.

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"I really enjoy going to my Horizons class, the module is very interesting and I like the fact that we are a small group, which allows for everyone to talk equally and receive strong feedback."