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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM081: Advanced Arabic Language

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

As regards the study abroad and work placement (Term 1):

1)   Introduction to the study abroad period and the work placement to be delivered by IAIS and employability colleagues towards the end of the third year of study in Exeter (prior to study abroad period in the Middle East). This will include a health and safety briefing specifically designed for students going on study abroad and work placements;

2)   Preparation for, and support with, the work placement application procedure;

3)   Preparation for, and support with, arrangements for the period of study abroad at an accredited institution (e.g. University insurance paid by IAIS, accommodation details, study abroad briefing);

4)   Actual Arabic language study at an accredited institution in the Middle East;

5)   Actual work placement with a relevant NGO, media agency, or company in the Middle East that will be arranged through our IAIS network in association with specialised

6)   Careers and employability colleagues at the University of Exeter. This can be within the main language placement city, although other places might be possible.


As regards the study period in Exeter (Term 2):

1)   Reading: You will tackle different types of texts, editorials, texts on history, current affairs, literature, etc.

2)   Writing: You will be introduced to different styles of writing. You will further enhance your understanding of how to present a topic, a discussion and a conclusion.

3)   Translation and interpreting: You will become familiar with a range of text types by translating them effectively (and in a timely manner) from Arabic into English and from English into Arabic. You will also use your knowledge and skills to practice interpreting in verbal language.

4)   Speaking: You will further enhance your speaking capabilities by discussing topical issues in depth.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Placement/study abroad100Lectures and practical classes at host institution in destination country in standard Arabic (written) and spoken Arabic. 8 contact hours per week (approx.)
Placement/study abroad50Work placement: 2-3 weeks’ work usually at the conclusion of the language study period
Scheduled learning and teaching activity 4411 weeks x 4 hours (in Exeter) Lectures and seminars on Arabic reading comprehension, translation and interpreting. Interactive class work on written texts consolidating the linguistic skills of reading, writing, and translating
Scheduled learning and teaching activity 2211 weeks x 2 hours (in Exeter) Seminars, masterclasses and workshops
Guided independent study84Weekly homework assignments in reading, writing, translation, as well as oral presentations and projects (in Exeter).

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).