Arabic (beginners I)

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Module code: LZ1400 
Number of Aston credits: 10 
Entry requirements: None
Language of Delivery: Mainly Arabic

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Duration: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks per module
Teaching Period when Offered: Teaching Period 2

Module Convenor: Mr Ghizlane Lafdi 

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This module is designed as an introduction to the Arabic language for students with no previous knowledge. 

The module content follows the Languages Ladder framework, provides student with the basic structures needed at this level, and ensures progression in language ability and proficiency.

Language purposes and functions

  • Taking part in simple situations (e.g. greeting/responding to greetings; expressing thanks; apologising)
  • Giving simple information
  • Asking simple questions
  • Describing (e.g. colour, size, location, possession, appearance)
  • Giving simple opinions
  • Following/giving simple instructions
  • Expressing ability
  • Using numbers and expressing quantity
  • Expressing time (e.g. clock, days, months)

Educational Aims

The Module will help students to develop strategies for coping with Arabic in real-life situations. At the end of this module students will be entitled to take Arabic for Beginners II.

This module is an intensive language course, which aims to bring beginners up to a standard in which they are able to communicate and understand basic ideas in Arabic.  The module aims to develop language skills in all four areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Furthermore, basic grammatical structures and vocabulary will be integrated into the learning process in meaningful contexts. The course is organized around interactive and communicative activities that will allow students to build all skills in the most effective way. On completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic grammatical structures of Arabic
  • Understand and communicate basic factual information in Arabic, orally and in writing
  • Listen to and understand in detail selected short samples of Arabic
  • Read short adapted Arabic texts aimed at learners of Arabic

Cognitive skills: students will be able to

  • Write short passages in Arabic on a range of practical and descriptive themes
  • Extract key information from written and spoken sources
  • Express opinions about basic topics of daily life

Subject-specific skills: students will be able to

  • Use of basic grammatical structures
  • Oral and written communication of factual information in Arabic
  • Listen and read short text in Arabic

Transferable skills: students will have practised

  • Use relevant reference materials
  • Organise their own learning with guidance from the tutor, planning and managing time efficiently to get the most out of independent study
  • Use a variety of learning aids, in a variety of media, to consolidate learning
  • Work in pairs or groups
  • Work independently 

Communication in Arabic will be encouraged from the outset. Classes will be conducted mainly in the target language, enabling students to learn and practise the new grammatical structures and vocabulary covered in each session. In order to develop and consolidate skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, classes will be highly interactive.

The course will consist of two hours per week. In addition, several hours a week should be devoted to Arabic outside the classroom to do work set by the tutor, and practise reading, writing and listening skills.

The module will consist of two contact hours per week.

A minimum of 2 hours a week, in addition to the 2 taught hours, should be devoted to Arabic outside the classroom to complete work set by the tutor, assignments on grammar structures, learn and revise vocabulary and practise reading, writing, and listening skills.

Learning Hours

Seminar - A discussion or classroom session focusing on a particular topic or project - (20%) 

Independent Study - might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, revision, etc - (80%) 

Feedback will be given through:

  • Formative feedback throughout the module through informal, verbal  comments on weekly activities.
  • Formative and summative feedback following the oral presentation.

  • Summative written feedback as part of the marking process for the exam.

Summative assessment

  • A 3 minute (approx.) individual discussion with the tutor on topics covered in class (no notes allowed) in Week 11 - (20%) 
  • 30 minute test in week 10. Listening comprehension - (20%) 
  • A 2-hour and exam (grammar and vocabulary exercises, reading comprehension, and a written composition) (examination period), No dictionary allowed - (60%) 

Students are advised that all marks obtained in tests are subject to moderation, and approval by the external examiner.


Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar (2004): Read and Speak Arabic. Oxfordshire, wkt Co. Ltd.

Grammar book

Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar (2005): Mastering Arabic grammar. G-and-w publishing, PALGRAVE MACMILAN.


N. Awde & K. Smith (2004) Bennett & Bloom Arabic dictionary. London, Newtown Printing.

A list of resources is available on Blackboard

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