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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)

Module MLAN1531: Arabic Stage 1 (Durham Campus)

Department: Centre for Foreign Language Study (MLAN)

MLAN1531: Arabic Stage 1 (Durham Campus)

Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap Location Durham


  • • No language qualification in Arabic and no prior study of Arabic


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • • Any Core Language Modules offered by the School of Modern Languages & Cultures.


  • To provide an introduction to the Arabic language , concentrating on Modern Standard Arabic in the four core language skills, i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing and an introduction to the basic grammatical structures of the target language.
  • To encourage a positive and confident attitude towards language learning.
  • To develop and apply meta language and learning techniques appropriate to undergraduate level study.
  • To provide a linguistic platform for communicative competence in Arabic.
  • To promote cultural awareness.


  • The module is designed to provide a sound platform for foreign language acquisition by helping students to understand the core structure of the Arabic language through the study of grammar.
  • Classes will be used to introduce and practise new vocabulary through interactive language exercises developing students’ independence and fluency at an introductory level.
  • Guided and independent self-study will be an important element in order to achieve maximum exposure to the target language and to accelerate students’ learning pace.
  • Cultural awareness will be developed through the study of selected background material.
  • Functional topics may include:
  • Talking about yourself
  • Dealing with everyday situations when visiting an Arabic-speaking country
  • Expressing opinions
  • Talking about past, current and future events
  • Describing people, objects and places

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module students will:
  • demonstrate an understanding of basic grammar and be able to communicate using different moods on familiar topics and activities;
  • understand and elicit basic factual information in Arabic in simple everyday situations;
  • understand and extract relevant information from course related written and aural resources;
  • have some cultural knowledge of the Arab world.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students will:
  • communicate in tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities;
  • demonstrate an understanding of core meta language sufficient to undertake independent study of essential grammar and lexis;
  • demonstrate a strategic competence that will allow them to understand the gist of conversations / texts in simple, everyday but unpredictable situations.
  • describe aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need;
  • write short notes and messages.
Key Skills:
  • By the end of the module students will:
  • demonstrate the ability to identify their own learning needs and address them effectively;

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Seminars to introduce grammar points and practise language skills
  • Practicals in multimedia language laboratory to practise pronunciation and speaking and listening skills
  • Summative test, oral and aural examination, summative final examination to ensure acquisition of basic knowledge

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 21 Weekly 2 hours 42
Practical Seminars 21 Weekly 1 hour 21
Preparation and Reading 137
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Oral/Aural Examination Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Oral Assessment 10 minutes 50% Yes
Aural Assessment 1 hour 50% Yes
Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Examination 2 hours 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Regular homework/assignments will be given to the students to practise and consolidate what they have done in class and to prepare the following session, some of which will be submitted and marked as formative assignments and regular feedback will be given to the students accordingly.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University