ULAR10010 - Beginners' Arabic

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: This unit is suitable for those who have never studied Arabic before.
  • Co-requisiteIf you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course aims to give absolute beginners in Arabic a basic competence in reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in a dynamic and communicative way, through individual, pair and group work, and via studio-recorded and authentic texts.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Understand short, simple messages and announcements
  2. Read short simple texts and find specific information
  3. Communicate in simple, routine situations
  4. Write simple notes, messages and short personal letters.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Pair and team work, focussed listening, informal presentations, language awareness, cultural appreciation.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on campus and on-line instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.


  • Semester one: 3 Continuous written assessments in-class or online : Vocabulary/Reading (10%), Grammar (10%),  Writing (15%).
  • Semester two: Oral 20%, Listening  15 %, Written test 2 (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment;


Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate

Taught by

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Maximum entry 

20 per group

Set texts

Mastering Arabic 1, units 1-13.  Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar, Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd edition edition (20 Nov. 2014). ISBN: 978-1137380449.

Recommended texts

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


ULAR10110 Pre-intermediate Arabic.


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.