ULAR20110 - Intermediate Arabic

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: A good pass GCSE (A*, A or B). If taken within the last 3 years, or ULAR20210 or equivalent
  • 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 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

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 (35%): Vocabulary/Reading (10%), Grammar (10%), Writing (15%).
  • Semester two: Written test (25%), Listening test (10%), Oral test (20%), One dossier (10%). 


Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate

Taught by

See Timetable for the course

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

Mastering Arabic 2, units 7 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.




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.