Arabic 2: Lower Intermediate

Overview

This interactive course further develops your language skills and understanding of the culture, society and daily life in the Arabic-speaking countries.

To benefit from the course, students will have done one of the following:

  • completed Arabic 1 or equivalent
  • gained a GCSE (Grade B or below) in Arabic
  • achieved level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in Arabic

This elementary/lower intermediate level course is equivalent to level A2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It will further develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Arabic in a range of predictable situations and familiarize students with a range of simple grammar structures.

Through the exploration of Arabic culture, you will broaden their understanding of the society and daily life in the Arabic-speaking countries. The class activities will focus on listening, speaking and cultural awareness; and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language through class activities, discussions, and role-plays.

Programme details

Course starts: 29 Sept 2021

Week 1:   Introductions and icebreaker activity; introduction to the course.

Week 2:   Countries and cities

Week 3:   Arabic names

Week 4:   City life

Week 5:   Acquaintances & pen-pals: Vocabulary review Unit 1

Week 6:   The immediate family: al-'usra

Week 7:   Family and relationships

Week 8:   Education and study

Week 9:   Middle East centres & associations

Week 10:  Life in a big city; vocabulary review Unit 2

 

Course reconvenes: 26 Jan 2022

Week 11:  The Extended Family  al-3aa'ila

Week 12:  Childhood memories and recounting the past

Week 13:  Higher education: academic departments

Week 14:  Educational system in the Arab World

Week 15:  Working abroad and family: vocabulary review Unit 3

Week 16:  Customs & traditions

Week 17:  Arabic gastronomy

Week 18:  Arabic cuisine and global impact

Week 19:  Life and career choices

Week 20:  Family members (immediate and extended families): Vocabulary review Unit 4

Certification

Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Fees

Description Costs
Course Fee £385.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00

Tutor

Mr Tareef Howe

Tareef has a BA in International Business from Jordan and holds two Masters degrees. One in Muslims, Globalisation and the West from the University of Aberdeen, and a second in Risk Management (With Distinction) from Glasgow Caledonian University. Tareef has a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and has extensive experience teaching Arabic Literature in Saudi Arabia.

Tareef is passionate about teaching Arabic as a foreign language. He uses a communicative approach in the classroom and focuses on learners’ needs to foster an effective learning environment.  Tareef is passionate about teaching Arabic as a foreign language. He uses a communicative approach in the classroom and focuses on learners needs to foster an effective learning environment. He has been teaching Modern Standard Arabic at various levels and in different contexts, including media and business, as well as Levantine Arabic.

Course aims

The course aims to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in routine tasks and areas of immediate relevance such as personal information, work, study and leisure activities.

Course Objectives

  • To enable students to communicate in Arabic in simple routine tasks and on familiar topics and activities
  • To equip students with the vocabulary and grammar structures to write short simple personal letters and messages
  • To develop the reading comprehension skills for finding simple information in everyday material such as advertisements and menus
  • To help develop an insight into the culture and daily life of the Arabic-speaking countries

Teaching methods

All the Departments' language courses adopt the communicative teaching method with a focus on interactive tasks and activities in the target language, e.g. role-plays, discussions and pair/group work in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun.

The emphasis in class is on practising listening, speaking, and grammar structures as well as exploring the culture. You will be encouraged to develop your reading and writing skills in your own time.

Learning outcomes

The following are brief indicators of what students should be able to do in each of the skills

Speaking (S), Listening (L), Reading (R), and Writing (W) by the end of the individual stages:

STAGE 2

S - Participate in simple prepared discussions

L - Understand simple spoken or recorded material in familiar contexts

R - Understand the gist of simple texts in familiar contexts

W - Write informal letters and short descriptive paragraphs

Assessment methods

Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace. Some of these assignments, which may include testing listening and speaking skills, will count towards formally assessing the students' progress.

In general, students are required to submit for assessment a variety of exercises and/or shorter pieces of work. They will also have the opportunity to complete one or more optional tasks to benefit from tutor feedback.

Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher education in other subjects.

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form - Declaration of Authorship form

Application

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

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