module specification

OAL075 - Arabic Stage 3A (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Arabic Stage 3A
Module level Level 4/5/6 (99)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
126 hours Guided independent study
24 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60%   Coursework
Oral Examination 40%   presentation
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

In this module, students will develop advanced language skills and work towards becoming independent users of Arabic (CEFR Level B1/B2). Students will learn how to use Arabic in a wide range of contexts both personally and professionally, through practical class activities focusing on authentic language use. There will be a particular emphasis on developing reading and writing skills, as well as oral, listening and intercultural skills. The course extends students’ ability to use a wide range of grammatical structures and vocabulary accurately. In addition, cultural aspects of Arabic speaking countries will be studied.

The course is structured around class time, independent learning and guided WebLearn materials. The module is adaptable to the language abilities of students and can be taught to students studying in different years.

The aims of this module are:
•  To increase students’ linguistic competence in Arabic in all skills towards an advanced level (level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference)
• To further develop appropriate language learning strategies to encourage effective independent learning of Arabic
• To develop a further understanding of the cultural contexts of Arabic speaking countries
• To enhance student employability and transferable skills

Prior learning requirements

Completion of OAL074 or a similar course


• Development of speaking and listening skills
• Development of oral fluency and accuracy LO1


• Development of reading and writing skills 
• Extension and expansion of grammatical control (new and revised structures)
• Development of linguistic devices to improve cohesion and coherence LO2

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Learning and teaching strategies will be delivered through a blended learning approach. Learners will actively participate in individual and group activities in class and independently, 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:

1. Speaking:
Deliver a fluent presentation on a prepared topic
Use a  wide range of language to give clear descriptions 
Express viewpoints on general topics in a fluent manner

2. Writing:
Write accurately and in an appropriate register on a variety of topics related to personal matters, current affairs and areas of professional expertise

Assessment strategy

• The module will be assessed through course work and an oral presentation. The course work will assess learning outcomes 1 and the oral presentation will assess learning outcomes 2.
• Formative assessment supports students in developing for summative assessment
• Feedback on assessment is timely, constructive and developmental.
• Processes for marking assessments and for moderating marks are clearly articulated and consistently operated by those involved in the assessment process


• Abboud, P. F. and McCarus, E. N. (1983) Elementary Modern Standard Arabic: part 2. Cambridge: CUP.
• Ba'albaki, M. (2003) Mawrid. A Modern English-Arabic Dictionary. Beirut: Dar El-Ilm Lil-Malayen.
• Wehr, H. (1994) Arabic-English dictionary. Illinois: Spoken Languages Services.

• Weblearn and other appropriate online resources

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


• The Middle East leading language daily news:

• The following Arabic media website includes newspapers, songs, and movies:

• Arabic news and Radio/ France24- Radio Monte Carlo:
• A site dedicated to news and current affairs across the Arab world         
• Note: There will also be supplementary material provided by the course convener.