Language Modules - Arabic

Modules offered under the centre are as follows
Semester I, 2014-2015
Module Code Module Name
LAR1201 Arabic 1
LAR2201 Arabic 2
LAR3201 Arabic 3
LAR4201 Arabic 5
Semester II, 2014-2015
Module Code Module Name
LAR1201 Arabic 1
LAR2201 Arabic 2
LAR3202 Arabic 4
LAR4202 Arabic 6
There are no pre-requisites or qualifying test for Level 1000 language modules. But these modules are meant only for students without any prior knowledge. Those who have learned the language through formal and informal means (incl. through external courses, self-study or an extended stay in the target language country) must contact CLS to take a placement test.

Students may face disciplinary action by the University for making a false declaration.
Pre-requisites / Preclusions
Module Code Module Name Credit Student Requires
Pre-requisite Preclusion
LAR1201 Arabic 1 4 Nil Nil
LAR2201 Arabic 2 4 LAR1201 or placement test Nil
LAR3201 Arabic 3 4 LAR2201 or placement test Nil
LAR3202 Arabic 4 4 LAR3201 or placement test Nil
LAR4201 Arabic 5 5 LAR3202 or placement test Nil
LAR4202 Arabic 6 5 LAR4201 or placement test Nil

LAR1201 Arabic 1

This module is meant for students with no prior knowledge of the target language. Students with prior knowledge (including spoken proficiency) must contact CLS to take a placement test.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-0-0-3-3 Nil Nil Nil



LAR2201 Arabic 2

Arabic 2 is a beginners' module, and is a continuation of Arabic 1. It is an integrated course which will help studnts gain higher basic proficiency in the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), grammar, vocabulary (including the Arabic alphabet), for personal interaction and communication in authentic situations.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-0-0-3-3 LAR1201 or placement test Nil Nil



LAR3201 Arabic 3

Arabic 3 is a continuation of Arabic 2. Its focus is to improve upon the students' ability to interact in the language, augment their active vacabulary, and build upon their structural knowledge. An inductive/communicative approach is employed with all skills; the students are given real-life situations so that they can put into practice their acquired vocabulary and newly learnt grammar points. Also, students are exposed to a good amount of comprehensible input, such as real conversations between native speakers, audios of newscasts, and part of movies. They are also asked to write short compositions using newly taught structures and vocabulary.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-0-0-3-3 LAR2201 or placement test Nil Nil



LAR3202 Arabic 4

Arabic 4 is a continuation of Arabic 3. In this module, all skills of the language are equally dealt with. Further emphasis is placed on students' ability to communicate more fluently. More authentic language situations are brought into the classroom and used as language models. Students are asked to personalize these situations, putting into practice newly acquired vocabulary and structures. To consolidate the studnets' learning of new vocabulary and structures, they are asked to write compositions on a variety of topics in a way that match their linguistic ability.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
4 4-0-0-3-3 LAR3201 or placement test Nil Nil



LAR4201 Arabic 5

LAR4201 is an advanced module and a continuation of LAR3202 Arabic 4. In this module, students will achieve better oral fluency, considerable ability in listening and reading comprehension, and better writing preficiency. Oral activities in form of group work, pair work, role plays and presentations will be conducted regularly in both lectures and tutorials. Students will listen to authentic listening comprehension materials, such as lectures, newscasts and talk shows. In addition to readings on a variety of topics the students will read stories. Using the vacabulary learned in lectures and tutorials, students will write compositions on different topics.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 4-0-0-4-4-5 LAR3202 or placement test Nil Nil



LAR4202 Arabic 6

LAR4202 Arabic 6 is an upper advanced Arabic module and a continuation of LAR4201 Arabic 5. It is intended to make students proficient language users. The students will be better in their speaking skill through group discussions, pair work and oral presentations.They will listen to advanced listening comprehension materials such as newscasts, talk shows and movies. In addition to the textbook readings, students will read stories and newspaper articles. They will learn to write new types of essays such as descriptive, narrative and argumentative ones, using more selective language and complex structures. Higher level word-formation processes and sentence structures will be taught.
Modular credits Workload Pre-requisite Preclusion Cross-listing(s)
5 4-0-0-4-4-5 LAR4201 or placement test Nil Nil
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The components are as follow:
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D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week