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ULAR20110 - Intermediate Arabic

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisiteULAR20210 or equivalent
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Arabic
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course

Description

This course aims to develop skills in reading, listening, speaking and writing Arabic. Whilst lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills, it also builds on the grammar base acquired in earlier courses. Topics covered earlier will be revised and extended and new themes introduced which will develop understanding of the society and culture of Arabic-speaking countries. Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers, wherever possible, in order to develop cultural competence.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters; and understand the main points of short, clear radio or TV programmes which deal with current affairs or topics of personal interest
  2. Understand texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or job-related language
  3. Intervene in a conversation if it deals with familiar topics
  4. Express, in brief oral exchanges, an opinion or ambition and to give short explanations for these; explain, briefly, a succession of events or to give information of an event
  5. Write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills 

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, three hours per week.

Assessment

  • Semester one: One written test (20%), one presentation (10%), one dossier mark (10%). Oral and written assessments will normally take place during weeks 10, 11 and 12.
  • Semester two: One written test (20%), one aural (15%), one oral test (15%), one dossier mark (10%). Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12.

Convenor

Sandra Torres

Taught by

See Timetable for the course

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

Mastering Arabic 2, units 8 to 14.  Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar (2009), Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 978-0230220881

Recommended texts

Students are encouraged to use the Language Centre for material in Arabic.

Pathway

ULAR20020, Post-intermediate Arabic

Employability

Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire engage with other cultures.