Undergraduate Module Descriptor
ARA2173: Living and Communicating in the Arab World
This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.
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:
- Introduction to the concept of Arabic diglossia, dialect and register.
- Fundamentals of comparative Arabic dialectology.
- Introduction to the phonetics and phonology of an Arabic dialect.
- Introduction to the grammar, morphology and syntax of an Arabic dialect.
- Lexical development through vocabulary drill and role-play scenarios.
- Reading handwriting, reading signage, reading basic media Arabic texts.
- Health and wellbeing in the Arab World.
- Social conventions and social behaviour in the Arab World.
- Risk assessment techniques.
- Staying in touch.
- Personal financial planning and management.
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Lectures: These focus on explaining grammar topics and acquiring practical skills for life in the Middle East. (11 hours per week over 2 weeks)|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||33||Language Workshops and Seminars: These are conducted in small groups and include Pair work, Group work, Language games and Language Lab work. (16.5 hours per week over 2 weeks)|
|Guided Independent Study||30||Homework assignments and preparation for class|
|Guided Independent Study||20||Learning grammar.|
|Guided Independent Study||35||Learning vocabulary.|
|Guided Independent Study||35||Listening and speaking practice.|
|Guided Independent Study||30||Preparation of assignments and for exams|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).