A Post-A 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
Degree credit module options by departmentHow to enrol

A communicative module for students with prior knowledge of the Arabic language and culture of the Arabic-speaking countries. 

You will be encouraged to converse with some spontaneity, discuss familiar topics and contemporary society, and listen to radio and TV broadcasts. 

This module aims to:

  • Further develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a range of regularly encountered contexts e.g. at work, university, public life, and leisure
  • Familiarize you with more complex grammatical structures, constructions, and cohesive devices
  • Broaden your range of vocabulary items relating to social, political, cultural and scientific aspects of life in the Arab world
  • Explore different language registers to improve communication skills, fluency and spontaneity
  • Explore and reflect on aspects of the Arab World’s contemporary culture as presented in the media and academic texts
  • Develop the skills of critical analysis, autonomous learning and problem solving in language learning.
  • Develop your oral and written proficiency in Arabic in a wider range of situations and with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.
  • Extend your knowledge of the culture and contemporary Arabic society through the study of a range of texts and/or recordings and current affairs news.

The level is between levels B1 and B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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

  • Successfully completed Arabic Level 3 or equivalent 
  • Gained an Arabic A- level Qualification at grade C or below
  • Already achieved B1 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. 

Information blocks

Learning outcomes

Mosque ArchwayThis module will equip you with the ability to:

  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity to discuss and debate a range of topics at an upper intermediate level
  • understand main ideas of TV and radio broadcasts when the input is standard and clear
  • express opinions, compare, contrast and negotiate ideas using appropriate register
  • understand and appreciate the main ideas of texts on concrete and abstract topics though the exploration of authentic materials
  • produce clear and coherent texts on a range of topics and explain own viewpoints giving reasons and evaluating options
  • analyse and discuss various aspects of Arab culture and compare it with own cultural practices
  • use cultural insights to interpret and evaluate newly encountered situations

Indicative core content


  • Verb moods
  • Quantifiers
  • Adjectival sentences
  • Irregular verbs
  • Negation of verbs: ‘laa’, ‘lam’ and ‘lan’
  • The verb يعني  
  • The particle  أنَ
  • The semi-verb: مازال 
  • Time framing using the verbs: كان، مازال، بدأ
  • Definite and indefinite possessive: الإضافة
  • Verb patterns/scale
  • Definite and indefinite relative pronouns


  • Biographies
  • Likes, dislikes, and leisure activities
  • Memories
  • TV programme schedule
  • Weekend plans and activities
  • Friendships and relationships
  • Current affair news
  • Travel and hotels
  • Reminiscing, reflecting on past decisions and consequences 
  • The Arab League
  • CVs and targeted job search
  • Social clubs
  • Arab culture

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. 350 words) (10%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam including reading comprehension, grammar and writing tasks (approx. 450 words) (20%)
  • Practical: 8-minute Oral test (10%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Written Exam including reading comprehension, grammar and writing tasks (approx. 450 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: TBC

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

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