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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3103: Advanced Arabic Language

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

How this Module is Assessed

In the tables below, you will see reference to 'ILO's. An ILO is an Intended Learning Outcome - see Aims and Learning Outcomes for details of the ILOs for this module.

Formative Assessment

A formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your understanding of the module content but it will not count towards your mark for the module.

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Writing, reading and translations assignments Each week, there is one summative assessment task for either writing, grammar, translation or oral presentation. Each week there is also a formative assessment task for each of the aforementioned core language skills. You will be required to prepare a reading passage for discussion in class, translate a text in class or at home, prepare an audio text and a grammar exercise. 1, 2 , 3 , 4Written and verbal

Summative Assessment

A summative assessment counts towards your mark for the module. The table below tells you what percentage of your mark will come from which type of assessment.

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

...and this table provides further details on the summative assessments for this module.

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Continuous assessment30One Assessed homework assignment on writing or translation per week. One 20 minute oral presentation. An average mark will be taken of all the marks both of assessed homework assignments and in-class presentation1, 2, 3 , 4Written and verbal feedback
Oral examination1015 minutes 4 and 8 Verbal feedback
Listening examination1030 minutes 4 and 8Written and verbal feedback
Written examination503 hours1, 2 , 3Written feedback


Re-assessment takes place when the summative assessment has not been completed by the original deadline, and the student has been allowed to refer or defer it to a later date (this only happens following certain criteria and is always subject to exam board approval). For obvious reasons, re-assessments cannot be the same as the original assessment and so these alternatives are set. In cases where the form of assessment is the same, the content will nevertheless be different.

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examinationWritten examination 80% 3 hours1, 2, 3, 8August/September assessment period
Oral examination Oral examination 10%4, 8August/September assessment period.
Listening examination Listening examination 10%4,8August/September assessment period.
Continuous assessmentA twenty minute oral examination and a 500 word essay on a given topic 1, 2, 3 , 4August/September assessment period.

Re-assessment notes

There is no continuous assessment, oral or listening exams in case of referral or deferral.