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Arabic (Native Speakers) Course

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3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week. Each term classes are subject to quorum requirements.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

This is a course aimed at developing skills in the reading, comprehension and writing of Arabic, for Arabic speakers who have been brought up in non-Arabic speaking countries. The course is currently taught at two levels, giving a total of six terms (10 weeks/20 hours per term), spanning one academic year per level.

Stage 1 (Level 1 to 3) aims to provide intermediate competence in reading and writing Arabic, with the emphasis on basic grammar, improving spelling and handwriting. Speaking and listening are enhanced throughout the course. Through a selection of straightforward texts, the course serves as an introduction to Arabic Media. Level 1 involves focusing on reading and writing alongside the development of speaking skills.

Stage 2 (Level 4 to 6) aims to provide professional competence in reading and writing Arabic. The emphasis is on acquiring complex grammar, accurate spelling skills and good handwriting. Speaking and listening continue to be improved throughout the course. Through a selection of carefully selected texts, the course serves as an introduction to Arabic literary forms and norms. It covers media and literature and provides an excellent training for interviews, public talks and confidence in media and business environments.

Stage 1 and Stage 2 are taught predominantly in Arabic, with explanations in English where necessary. Regular reading and writing exercises are set. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

Who is this programme aimed at?

Stage 1 is aimed at students who did not have the opportunity to study Arabic at school, or who were brought up in Arabic countries but not educated within Arabic-medium schools. Knowledge of the Arabic script is required.

Stage 2 is aimed at students who are seeking a professional career in Arabic-speaking countries or who want to continue their postgraduate studies in Arabic. A higher degree of ability in spoken and written Arabic is assumed than for students registering for Level 1.

Assessment for Course Placement

Entry to the course is by assessment only. Applicants are required to fill out a standard application form with and contact the Language Centre to arrange an assessment at least three weeks prior to the start of the course.

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Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.



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