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ULAR20020 - Post-intermediate Arabic

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisiteULAR 20110 or a good pass AS level Arabic or equivalent
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Arabic. Not open to speakers of Arabic.
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course aims to further develop reading, speaking, writing and listening skills practised in ULAR20010. It emphasises communication and comprehension, but also builds on the grammar base acquired in previous courses. Class tests and assignments ensure that students keep abreast of their work and consolidate and review earlier material.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Understand the gist of extended speech, including most TV news programmes and many films
  2. Read articles about contemporary problems which put forward arguments and different points of view
  3. Speak with some fluency and spontaneity on complex topics and take an active part in discussions
  4. Give a short presentation on a specialist subject, outlining advantages and disadvantages of particular cases
  5. Write short essays, reports and letters, putting forward personal points of view.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1+/B2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

At the end of the course students will have further developed their: active listening skills; presentation and discussion skills; ability to extract and process information textual information; intercultural competence; linguistic awareness.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour class per week. In order to develop their communicative skills, students will engage in pair work and group work activities, and will have the opportunity to listen to and read a range of authentic texts. Traditional exercises and written work will be used for grammar practice and consolidation. Language of teaching: English and Arabic.


  • 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.


Sandra Torres

Taught by

See timetable for the course

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

None. The tutor will provide materials for this unit.

Recommended Text

Buckley, R. (2004) Modern Literary Arabic: A Reference Grammar, Librairie du Liban.