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Arabic 3

Grau en Relacions Internacionals
Grau en Relacions Internacionals


Arabic 1 and  2 or equivalent


To have completed levels 1 and 2 of Arabic or an equivalent course of 40 hours (to be tested through examination before the beginning of the course).




The professors of the course: Hatem Hamza, Diana al-Rahmoun.

Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with over 250 million speakers, and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Modern Standard Arabic is also the vehicular language of Islam and the Arabic alphabet is the most widespread after the Latin one.

The course aims to continue learning and progressing in the knowledge already gained from the Arabic level 1 and 2 courses  by broadening the linguistic foundations and implementing all the theory learned to continue acquiring and improving all the different skills in terms of expression, reading and writing in Modern Standard Arabic.

Modern Standard Arabic is used in all Arabic-speaking countries and is therefore the link between very different people, from Iraq to Morocco. In addition, the course provides an introduction to Arab culture and traditional customs in the Arab world through history and the initial knowledge of the language itself. It also discloses the most common vocabulary in current communicative situations to be encountered by the students during their academic life at college.

Modern Standard Arabic, as will be taught in this course, is the written form of the language that coexists with many other spoken dialects of Arabic and it is the usual vehicle of oral and written communication in the media and the education systems of Arab countries.


These skills are the academic targets for the Arabic level 3 course; therefore, they establish the assessment requirements for this subject.


1-      The student must show ability to understand texts and conversations, engage and interact in a conversation, ask questions and give answers on issues related to daily activities, time, transportation, the city and its services, at a hotel or on a trip to an Arab country.


2-      The student must show ability to express and briefly justify his or her actions, opinions and projects. Know how to connect phrases and communicate a brief account of an event, a summary of a story and describe his or her social, natural and emotional state as well as his or her reactions briefly and in a simple way.


3-      The student must show ability to write simple texts with well-built and linked sentences on topics related to the different communicative contexts studied during this course.


4-      The students must show a solid command of the contents previously learned during the Arabic 1 and 2 courses and an assimilation of the topics taught at the Arabic 3 course related to all the different skills of the language and be able to put it all into practice.



A-   Grammatical Contents:


1-   The dual


2-  The male regular plural


3-  The female regular plural


4-  The Imperative (dual & plural)


5-  The present (dual & plural)


6-  The past (dual &plural)


7-  The jussive verb


8-  The present accusative


      9-  The negation of the verb in the past, the present and the future.


10- The negation of the noun using the particle “laisa”.


11- The ordinal numbers



B-    Communicative contents:

1-     Daily activities and the time.

2-     Job interview.

3-   Travelling to an Arab country.


The student must attain the skills described above from the methodology used in class. This methodology is to follow the same phases which appear in the acquisition of the mother tongue, so, first to understand, then to talk, later to read, and ultimately to write. All this is accomplished through the continuing work of theoretical explanation and practice in class. The program contents related to grammar and communication are accompanied by individual exercises to be used inside and outside the classroom, such as the reading of texts, audio material and the viewing of videos. We attempt to combine these four phases with two processes at once: listening and speaking on the one hand and written comprehension and production on the other. This methodology, therefore, also includes the following activities:

a. Classroom Instruction

b. Individual exercises in the classroom

c. Individual exercises outside the classroom

d. Reading of texts

e. Watching of videos

f. Group activities in the classroom

g. Group activities outside the classroom

h. Spoken interaction with classmates/teacher

i. Exam practise


A.   Written exams

B.   Oral exams

C.   Evaluation of homework and essays

D.   Evaluation of presentations in class

E.   Evaluation of class participation and attitude


Final exam 50%:                 Oral assessment 25%


                                             Language focus exam 25%


                                             Reading comprehension 25%


                                             Listening comprehension 25%


Class work 50%:                 Class oral presentations

                                            Written work, including homework and in-class tests


                                            Listening exercises


                                            Participation in class



Participation in 85% of regular class sessions is a prerequisite for taking the final exam. Those students who fail to meet this criterion have not earned the right to take the end-of-term final exam.

Students must pass at least three of the four parts of the final exam in order to pass the course.


Those students who fail the course in the first term, or who have not earned the right to take the end-of-term exam, must repeat the same level in the second term.


At the end of second term, students who take the exam but fail the course have the right to take the July re-sit exam. The final grade for students taking this exam will take into account: the class grade obtained for continuous evaluation (50%) and the grade on the re-sit exam (50%).


Students who did not earn the right to take the exam at the end of second term cannot take the re-sit exam and must re-register for the same level in the first term of the following academic year. 


At the end of the Arabic level 3 course students must be able to satisfactory display the following skills:

Target 1- Listening comprehension :

Students should show their ability to understand and follow a conversation, whether in a professional, academic or leisure environment. They have to understand basic information when they are in an Arabic-speaking context and understand different types of media, as long as standard Arabic is spoken clearly and slowly. 

Target 2- Reading Comprehension :

Students should show their ability to read and understand phrases, expressions and texts dealing with topics studied in class related to their professional and social environment when they are written in standard Arabic and be able to execute tasks linked to these texts.

Target 3 - Speaking :

Students should show their ability to initiate, understand and follow a conversation being an active part of it and allowing for the exchange of ideas and opinions with other parties in a confident manner, whether in a professional, academic or leisure environment. Students must be able to transmit ideas and opinions, ask for information and communicate successfully in a variety of contexts.

Target 4 - Writing :

Students must show ability to write coherent texts expressing themselves in a clear manner through well-constructed sentences following the grammatical and orthographic rules governing this language.

Target 5 - Pronunciation :

Students must show their ability to pronounce correctly everything they say in Arabic. Besides being an active part in a conversation, to be properly understood by the other parties.




Textbook and workbook prepared by the professors



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Raghida Abillamaa Hamouche