The syllabus is designed to develop both reading and writing skills. The reading element consists of:
- Core reading and reading for specific information
- Understanding titles and contents pages
- Vocabulary and grammatical development
- Identifying points of view and arguments
- Pronouncing letters and words correctly and conveying expression
The writing element of the module consists of:
- Formulating sentences and paragraphs
- Composing short essays
- Writing responses to texts
- Expressing personal opinions
- Reporting the ideas of others
On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:
- Summarise and explain the main features of reading and writing classical and academic Arabic (A1, A2)
- Analyse and correctly apply written Arabic material (A1, B1)
This module will call for the successful student to:
- Correctly read classical and academic Arabic (B2, C1, D1)
- Clearly compose and express thought into written Arabic (C1, D1, D4)
- Effectively select and use a range of classical and academic Arabic vocabulary (C1, D1, D4)
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy
Teaching is largely delivered within a task-orientated context. Guided by the teacher, students undertake a wide variety of reading and writing exercises, both individually and in small groups. Feedback and corrections from the teacher and students enables learners to develop, practise and integrate their knowledge and skills.
Furthermore, tutorial sessions are used to review learning and to provide students with support necessary for successful progression.
Students are set weekly formative assignments on Arabic, and receive feedback as they are handed in throughout the year. Although portfolios are done during class, students are required to see the module leader regularly in tutorials to receive formative feedback on their performance and support with their portfolio work. Additionally, revision sessions are arranged that will cover topics in preparation for exams, continuously strengthening and developing students’ competence in the Arabic language. Moreover, tutorial time enables the module leader to supported continuously while providing the opportunity for constant engagement with the language, and constructive feedback related to the development of language skills.
Summative, graded assessment is by portfolio and written examination. The portfolio will comprise of three completed class exercises of around 350 words each (Outcomes 3, 4, 5). The written examination will take place at the end of the module (Outcomes 1, 2).
Written examination: 70%
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