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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3160: Intermediate Arabic Language I

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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
Grammar, listening or writing homework assignments One weekly homework assignment which may be grammar or writing. 1, 2, 3Written and verbal feedback.

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
Examination503 hours 1,2, 3Written feedback
Continuous assessment30One 50-minute in-class test in the fifth week of each term, and one in the tenth week.1-6Written and verbal feedback
Oral examination1010 minute oral exam4Verbal feedback
Listening Examination1030 minute listening exam5Verbal/written 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
ExaminationWritten Examination (3 hours) 1,2, 3, 8August/September reassessment period
Oral examinationOral examination (10 minutes)4August/September reassessment period
Listening ExaminationListening Examination (30 minutes)5August/September reassessment period
Continuous AssessmentWritten assignment under exam conditions (300 words in Arabic, 2 hrs)1-7August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

The examination replacing the continuous assessment will focus on essay composition in Arabic and on translation of extended texts in Arabic and English.