What is the course about?
This course aims to improve your intermediate level competence in all skills so that you can communicate
more effectively and confidently with Arabic speakers.
What will we cover?
The main topics/issues covered are: travel and transportation, the weather and life in the Arab World, and Arabic scientists.
Grammar: consolidation of previously learnt grammar, genitive, active participle, passive participle, and imperfect tense.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the main ideas of extended speech/long texts and follow the lines of argument provided
the topic is reasonably familiar
- Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with Arabic speakers
- Express opinions, discuss advantages/disadvantages of various options
- Produce texts with a degree of clarity and detail on a range of subjects and experience.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed Arabic 3 lower: module 2, or studied Arabic for approximately 3 years recently or have developed an equivalent competence in the language.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time etc). It would also be useful if you had some knowledge of intermediate grammar terminology.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Arabiyyat Al-naas Part1 & 2 by Munther Younis and Handa Al-Masri.
Please try: The European Bookshop www.europeanbookshop.com/setbooks (020 7734 5259) or Grant and Cutler at Foyles-www.foyles.co.uk/languages (020 7440 3248).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Arabic 3 upper: module 1.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details