LA1PA8-IWLP Arabic 1

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LA1PA2 IWLP Arabic 2 LA1PA8 IWLP Arabic 1
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Younis Lahwej


Summary module description:

This module is for students who are beginners, but who have some knowledge of Arabic script. Students will have some prior knowledge of reading and writing but no experience of speaking the language,

This module is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Reading University allows students from any year to take this module. Students will identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well defined but complex and non- routine. In language learning this means acquiring knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, developing strategies for learning and practising the language in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in order to communicate within defined situations while developing tools to enable students to respond to unexpected occurrences. Students will exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills. They will gain understanding of different perspectives and cultural differences in approaching a variety of situations. 

Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups.  Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the IWLP assessment is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking.  For languages where handwriting is assessed, computers are not allowed.  For queries, contact



The module will provide students with:
- the ability to survive in typical situations met by visitors when travelling in Arabic speaking countries for a short time;
- an introduction to the nature of language and language learning; Intended learning outcomes:

Assessable learning outcomes:
The ability to communicate in Arabic by speaking and writing at a simple survival level, to make appropriate use of the dictionary and to apply simple grammatical structures. The student will be able to understand simple spoken and written texts on familiar, everyday matters, and obtain specific details about such matters from signs, notices, short texts etc. They will have also gain in confidence and proficiency in reading and writing Arabic script on simple topics related to daily life, and will develop their ability to write short passages on familiar topics.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be involved in regular group activities and role playing and will gain experience in simple oral presentations and joint activities. They will make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and will develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.

Outline content:
- to give, request and understand personal information;
- to express and understand simple opinions;
- forms of address, greeting and leave-taking;
- to make simple arrangements and transactions on a practical level.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as group work and role playing, and include the study of short texts, oral development work and listening comprehension exercises. Learning activities are supported by various media such as audio and, where appropriate, computer software. The module is taught as far as possible in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 27 30 3
Guided independent study 53 60 27
Total hours by term 80.00 90.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Oral assessment and presentation 30
Class test administered by School 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:

Length of examination:

2 hour written examination (Summer term).

Requirements for a pass:
40% overall for UG students,
50% overall for PGT students.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit in August/September examinations period on the basis of examination only(relative percentages:  oral examination 40%, written paper 60%.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 4 September 2017

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