ULAR10010 - Beginners' Arabic

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: None
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Arabic
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • 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

Seminars, three hours per week.

This  information may change as a result of measures taken by the University to minimise the risks posed by Covid-19.


Four pieces of assessed work as follows:

  • Semester one: Written test (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Assessment will normally take place during week 12.
  • Semester two: Oral 20%; Listening 20%; Written test 2 (Reading, Grammar, Writing) 30%. Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12.

This  information may change as a result of measures taken by the University to minimise the risks posed by Covid-19.

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;


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.


Either ULAR10110 Pre-intermediate Arabic, or ULAR20110 Intermediate Arabic (depending on mark achieved).


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.