ULAR20210 - Pre-intermediate Arabic

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: GCSE grade C or lower or if taken over 3 years ago, grade A*, A or B, or equivalent
  • Co-requisite: If 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, see Course dates)
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.


This course is designed for students who already have some knowledge of the Arabic language and who are already familiar with the script, and have a basic understanding of the grammar system. It is also designed to meet the need of students who have completed a Beginners' course in Arabic.
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 adapted semi-authentic texts. Traditional exercises and written work will be used for grammar practice and consolidation.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have acquired the ability to:

  1. Read Arabic texts containing high frequency lexis and basic structures
  2. Understand basic conversations or understand the gist of more complex conversations dealing with familiar topics
  3. Talk on familiar and simple topics with reasonable fluency
  4. Ask for information, make suggestions and make requests fairly confidently
  5. Write a short personal text or letter about familiar subjects.

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

Transferable skills

At the end of the course students will have developed their:

  • Active listening skills
  • Skimming and scanning skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to extract and process information textual information
  • Intercultural competence.

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.

Language of teaching: English and the target language.


  • Semester one:
    • 3 Continuous written assessments in-class or online: Vocabulary/Reading in week 7 (10%), Grammar in week 9 (10%), Writing in week 12 (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

See timetables.

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

The first two weeks will review the grammar of units 14-16 of Mastering Arabic 1, then study units 17-19, then Mastering Arabic 2, units 1 to 6. Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafar (2009), Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 978-0230220881

Recommended texts

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


ULAR20110 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.