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Arabic (Modern Standard) Upper Intermediate Course

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

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

The course consolidates and extends the skills acquired on an Arabic lower intermediate course or the level of competence attained by students who have completed 120-150 hours of classroom learning. The course covers 3 terms to enable learners starting from upper intermediate level to use Modern Standard Arabic for a variety of purposes in a wide range of communicative contexts across the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The course enables students to express themselves effectively, accurately and confidently in situations where functional competence in Modern Standard Arabic is expected.
It enables students to deploy a wide range of grammatical patterns as well as to use fairly sophisticated vocabulary and expressions. It also develops students’ ability to process the Arabic writing system accurately and fluently so that they can read and write a range of texts on different topics with ease.


The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Arabic grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Arabic in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.


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