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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2173: Living and Communicating in the Arab World

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

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the basics of a given Arabic dialect, starting with the basic morphology and syntax and progressing to simple sentence structures. You will learn how to speak the dialect with confidence, and to understand what you hear through listening and workshop activities. You will also be trained in practical aspects of living in the region – both through scenarios in Arabic dialect and lectures focusing on the successful management of life in the region. The practical aspects of the course will prepare you to deal with the ordinary situations that you will encounter in the region, and the unlikely ones for which you should be prepared. It opens the way for you to appreciate and enjoy the full potential of living and speaking Arabic in the Arab world.   

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Listen to spoken dialect dealing with practical daily topics and understand the main ideas with and without a dictionary, and finding specific information.
2. Speak about yourself, your environment and your needs in Arabic dialect, and carry out conversations on a variety of practical and daily-life topics.
3. Listen to simple Arabic dialect passages and read dialect texts, demonstrating an understanding of what you hear and read.
4. Compose simple spoken and written phrases in Arabic dialect using correct dialect grammar and translate simple dialect sentences from English to Arabic and from Arabic to English.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of basic Media Arabic texts.
Discipline-Specific Skills6. Identify and use linguistic structures in writing and in conversation.
7. Demonstrate the necessary skills in social interaction, personal wellbeing, life management and risk assessment for living in the Middle East.
Personal and Key Skills8. Demonstrate time management skills, the ability to conduct independent study and the ability to work in pairs and groups in conversation and on text-based work.
9. Exhibit confidence in the use of a foreign language including the use of audio-visual material, online resources and the language laboratory.
10. Deploy skills necessary for successful independent living overseas, including the abilities to communicate your needs in a foreign language, assess risk, and plan for and manage life overseas.