module specification

OAL003 - Arabic Stage 3 (intensive) (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Arabic Stage 3 (intensive)
Module level Level 4/5/6 (99)
Credit rating for module 30
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 15%   Progress test
In-Course Test 15%   Progress test
Coursework 30%   Coursework
Oral Examination 40%   Oral Test
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Monday Morning

Module summary

In this module students will develop advanced language skills and work towards becoming autonomous users of the target language. (CEFR Level B1 in the first semester and B2 in the second)  Students will learn how to use Arabic in a wide range of contexts, with appropriate register.  The course further extends students’ ability to use grammatical structures and vocabulary accurately. It also focuses on intercultural communication skills and cultural aspects of French speaking countries.
The course is structured around class time, autonomous learning and guided WebLearn materials.

Prior learning requirements

Completion of OAL074 or A2 -B1 competence

Module aims

The aims of this module are:
•  To increase students’ linguistic competence in Arabic in all skills towards an advanced level (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference);
• To further develop appropriate language learning strategies to encourage effective autonomous learning
• To focus on the cultural contexts of Arabic speaking countries
• To enhance student employability and transferable skills


• Development of listening skills in a variety of contexts and on a wide range of topics
• Development of writing skills on a wide range of topics
• Extension of lexis on a wide range of topics
• Revision of grammar structures and introduction of new ones
• Development of high level spoken accuracy and fluency, using appropriate register

Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching strategies will be delivered through a blended learning approach. Learners will actively participate in individual and group activities in class and using online resources and tools available on Weblearn, as well as paper based materials. They will receive teacher and peer feedback to enable them to reflect on their learning

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this module are calibrated to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  By the end of the module students should be able to:
• write effectively, accurately, and in an appropriate register on a variety of topics related to personal matters, current affairs and areas of professional expertise
• narrate experiences and events
• give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
• show a high degree of grammatical control and correct most mistakes

• deliver a clear presentation on a prepared topic with few hesitations and errors
• give clear descriptions, using a wide range of language
• express viewpoints on most general topics, fluently and precisely

Assessment strategy

The module will be assessed through an in class test, course work and an oral test. The in class test will assess learning outcomes 1 and 2, the course work will assess learning outcomes 1 and the oral test will assess learning outcomes 2.


• Barakat, Halim. The Arab World: Society, Culture and State (Berkeley: University of California  Press, 1993)
• Mernissi, Fatima.  Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in a Modern Muslim Society (London: Al Saqi Books, 1987)
• Yasir Suleiman. The Arabic Language and National Identity (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University  Press, 2003)
• Arabic for Business Studies, Amel Mili, The Lauder Institute, The University of Pennsylvania, September (2011)
Morry Sofer (ed.), Arabic Business Dictionary (Rockville, Maryland: Schreiber Publishing, 2006)
• John Mace, Business Arabic: An Essential Vocabulary (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008).
• The Concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary (Oxford: OUP, 1984)
• Wehr, Hans, Arabic-English dictionary (Urbana, Illinois: Spoken Languages Services, 1994)