module specification

OAL078 - Arabic Stage 4B (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Arabic Stage 4B
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%   In class test
Coursework 30%   Course work
Oral Examination 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 proficiency/native level Arabic language skills and work towards becoming independent users of the target language. (CEFR Level C1/C2)  Students will learn how to use Arabic in a wide range of contexts, with appropriate register. The course further extends the accurate use of grammatical structures and vocabulary. 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 OAL077 OR C1 competence in Arabic

Module aims

• The aims of this module are:

•  To improve students’ linguistic competence in Arabic in all skills towards a  proficiency/native speaker level (level  C1/C2 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 a range of listening skills and sub-skills in Arabic
• Production of a wide range of texts in different genres and registers
• Further development of accurate and appropriate oral skills
• Further extension of a wide variety of lexis
• Editing and proofreading to extend accurate use of grammatical structures and lexis
• Development of fluency and appreciation of register and genre

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 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:

• write with clarity and precision, in an appropriate register on a variety of topics in different contexts and with different aims
• Produce writing which shows a command of the language and the development of personal style
• Present an agreed and researched topic for a particular audience and purpose
• Demonstrate fluency and accuracy in the target language with a wide range of vocabulary
• Use a wide range of cohesive devices to produce clear, coherent discourse

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.


• Abboud,  P. F. & McCarus, E. N. 1983 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Part 2 (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)