module specification

OAL072 - Arabic Stage 1B (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Arabic Stage 1B
Module level Level 4/5/6 (99)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
24 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
126 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 60%   Reading and Writing
Oral Examination 40%   Oral test
Running in 2022/23

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

Module summary

In this module, students will start to learn Arabic and will become confident basic users, up to CEFR A1 level. Students will learn to use the language in familiar contexts through practical class activities, focusing on authentic language use. The module introduces students to grammatical structures and vocabulary, as well as focusing on reading, writing, listening, speaking, and communicative and pronunciation skills. Students will also study the cultures of Arabic speaking countries.
This is a 15-credit module taught on a semester basis, with no prior learning required. Two in class tests and an oral presentation assesses the module. 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 develop students’ linguistic competences in Arabic for all skills towards an elementary level (level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference);
• To develop appropriate language learning strategies to encourage effective independent learning of the target language;
• To develop an understanding of the cultural contexts in which the language is used
• To enhance student employability and transferable skills

Prior learning requirements

Completion of OAL071 or a similar course


The course is structured around class time, independent learning and guided Weblearn materials. Indicative contents will include:

• Development of speaking skills  LO1
• Development of writing skills  LO2
• Development of vocabulary and lexis  LO1. LO2
• Acquisition of simple grammatical structures  LO1, LO2

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This course will follow a blended learning approach. Students will study Arabic during class, extend, and consolidate this with the use of WebLearn and other online and paper based resources. They will develop independent learning skills and language learning strategies. Students will work together and alone, in and out of class and 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 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 
On completing this module, students will be able to:
1. Speaking:
Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

2. Use of written language:
Understand simple written texts related to familiar topics
Write short utterances and notes on familiar topics and situations.

Assessment strategy

• The module will be assessed through an in-class test, a listening test and an oral test. The in-class test will assess learning outcomes 2 and 3, the listening and oral test will assess learning outcome 1.
• 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.


• Ba'albaki, M. (2003) Mawrid. A Modern English-Arabic Dictionary. Beirut: Dar El-Ilm Lil-Malayen.
• Marilyn, L. (1999) How to study foreign Languages. London: Macmillan Study guides.
• Wehr, H. (1994) Arabic-English dictionary. Illinois: Spoken Languages Services.
• Wightwick, J. and Gaafar, M. (2007) Mastering Arabic 1. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

• Weblearn and other appropriate online resources
•  (News in Arabic)
•   (Culture, society, etc. of  Arab countries)