ULAR51020 - LEAP Arabic 2

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisite: LEAP Arabic 1 or equivalent e.g. GCSE grade 4 or 5 taken in the last 3 years
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure.
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May, see Course Dates)
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.


This course is designed for students who already have some knowledge of the Arabic language, who are already familiar with the script, and who have a basic understanding of the grammar system. The course aims to develop skills acquired in LEAP Arabic 1 in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the fundamentals of grammar already acquired. The course introduces students to a wider range of vocabulary to enable them to read longer texts and conduct a more general everyday conversation addressing familiar topics of everyday communication in the Arab World. Topics covered in LEAP Arabic 1 will be revised and extended and new themes will be introduced which will develop an understanding of the society and culture of Arabic-speaking countries.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will have acquired the ability to:

  • demonstrate better understanding and knowledge of key grammar points and language structure with appropriate usage
  • demonstrate reasonable competency in comprehension and listening through accurately extracting key information from written and audio sources on specific familiar topics.
  • able to communicate orally in simple, routine situations and handle short social exchanges about familiar topics;
  • able to independently write short texts on a limited range of familiar topics

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

At the end of the course students will have developed their:

  • Active listening skills
  • Skimming and scanning skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to extract and process information textual information
  • Intercultural competence.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on-campus and online instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Language of teaching: English and the target language.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment time

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time)


  • Semester one: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester two: Week 11-  Listening  10% &  Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

If government or university guidance requires assessment to be held online, then Listening Exam may be assessed alongside the Oral Exam

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of

  • Informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class-based learning activities 
  • Formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Dr Orieb Masadeh-Tate

Taught by

See timetables.

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

To be confirmed

Recommended texts

Students are encouraged to use the Language Centre for material for beginners in Arabic.


ULAR51030 LEAP Arabic 3


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have the capacity to learn other languages and the desire engage with other cultures.