module specification

OAL076 - Arabic Stage 3B (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Arabic Stage 3B
Module level Level 4/5/6 (99)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 30%   Progress test (receptive skills and use of language)
Coursework 30%   Course work
In-Course Test 40%   Oral test
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Monday Morning

Module summary

In this module students will develop advanced Arabic language skills and work towards becoming independent users of the target language. (CEFR Level B2)  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 Arabic speaking countries.
The course is structured around class time, independent learning and guided WebLearn materials.

Prior learning requirements

Completion of OAL075 OR 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 independent learning of Arabic
• 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.


Lewis Marilyn (1999) How to study foreign Languages, London, Macmillan Study guides, ISBN 0333736672
• Weblearn and other appropriate online resources
• Abboud,  P. F. & McCarus, E. N. 1983 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Part 1 (Cambridge,  CUP)

• Wehr, Hans, Arabic-English dictionary (Urbana, Illinois: Spoken Languages Services, 1994)
• Ba'albaki, M. 2003 Mawrid. A Modern English-Arabic Dictionary (Beirut, Dar El-Ilm Lil-Malayen)

Web Sites

•  (News in Arabic)
                    (Culture, society, etc. of Arab countries)