Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
ARAL009
Module Provider:
English and Languages
Level:
L
Number of Credits:
15
Module Title:
ARABIC STAGE 1
Module Co-ordinator:
SALLER C Ms (Eng & Lang)
 
 
ECTS Credits
7.5

Module Availability

Academic Year (Semester 1 and 2)

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkIntegrated Skills Portfolio60
School-Timetabled Sum. Examination/TestIn-Class Written Test40

Module Overview

Modules in the Global Graduate Award programme cover the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. They also offer an introduction to the cultures and societies in which the target language is spoken and aim to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communication in the target countries, and for work or study periods abroad.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites

No previous knowledge of Arabic required

Module Aims

 

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the Arabic language, its alphabets, and basic structures.

By the end of the module, students will have learnt:

  • the Arabic alphabets
  • the different positions of the letter within a word
  • vowels and their effect on the letters
  • understand the gist and details of the spoken language at the basic level
  • communicate and respond confidently to oral simple information
  • understand the gist and details of the written language at the basic level
  • write simple messages

 

Learning Outcomes

 

Linguistic and intercultural competence:

Students are equipped with the linguistic means to communicate successfully in the target language. Students achieve a high level of accuracy and fluency at a given level of proficiency and are able to

  • understand and evaluate information
  • present information
  • communicate using appropriate registers
  • produce texts at varying levels of formality

 Students are encouraged to

  • take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpoints
  • analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers
  • reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour
  • become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices
  • communicate with others using their ways of expression, both verbally and non-verbally

 Study skills and transfer of skills and competencies:

The acquisition of language learning strategies and techniques is an integral part of GGA modules. Learning strategies also aim to support independent learning and to facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages.

 Students are encouraged to self-assess their progress and to map their linguistic competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Languages.

 The development of independent learning strategies, research skills and transferable skills is supported by the use of learning technology.

 

 

Module Content

Topic areas

  • social introductions
  • introduce yourself
  • introduce family and friends
  • welcoming people
  • describing someone
  • asking questions (How are you?)
  • coming and going/visiting/welcoming a guest
  • place and location
  • everyday life activities
  • day and time

  

Grammar

  • gender
  • nouns and articles
  • singular attached pronouns (e.g. His, Her)
  • demonstrative pronouns (e.g. This, That)
  • interrogative pronouns (e.g. What, Who, How)
  • adjectives
  • basic numbers (oral)
  • the definite article (The)
  • prepositions (in, on, over, in front of)
  • nominal and verbal sentences
  • adverbs and their position in a sentence
  • negatives (No)
  • present tense
  • past tense
  • questions
  • most commonly used verbs
  • sentence structure
  • writing using Arabic script

 

Methods of Teaching/Learning

 

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

 

  • Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and vocabulary through attending classes regularly;
  • Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group work, reading and practicing/preparing outside contact hours, and participating in class activities;
  • Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;
  • Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study;
  • Develop communication skills through interactions in class.

 

 

The learning and teaching methods include:

 

  • Two contact hours per week over 19 weeks in Semesters 1 & 2
  • Teaching will be in the target language as far as possible.
  • Classes will include group work, such as role play, and short presentations in the language.
  • Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.

Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in order to practice new structures and to prepare for in-class activities.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

 

·         their linguistic progress over the duration of the course;

·         their growing ability to understand and produce basic Arabic;

·         their increasing awareness of Arabic culture and the Arabic-speaking world;

·         the level of Arabic they have achieved at the end of the course.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • An integrated skills portfolio of 6 coursework tasks, covering the fours skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing
  • End-of-course in-class test, covering the skills of reading and writing

 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

Students will receive written feedback and in-class verbal feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.    

Module Hours

Lecture Hours:38

Reading List

ARAL009: ARABIC STAGE 1

Last Updated

22 September 2016 by MARCHELAK M Mrs (Student Serv)