2016 / 17



Grau en Relacions Internacionals
Grau en Relacions Internacionals


Arabic level 1 or equivalent.


Have completed level 1 Arabic or Arabic an initial course of 40 hours, shown on a placement test before starting the course.




The professors of the course: Diana al-Rahmoun, Raghida Abillamaa.

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. Classical Arabic is also the liturgical language of Islam and the Arabic alphabet is the most widespread after the Latin one.

 The course aims to keep practicing and advancing the knowledge given in the Arab 1course, that is to say, grammar, phonetics, spelling, Arabic script, and to implement all the rules learned to continue acquiring and improving all the different language skills such as speaking, reading, understanding and writing of  Modern Standard Arabic. Modern 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 a further introduction to Arab culture and traditional customs in the Arab world through history and knowledge of the language. It also discloses more of the most common vocabulary in current communicative situations to apply it, as much as possible, to the academic studies of the faculty.

 Modern Standard Arabic, which is taught in this course, is the written language which coexists with other spoken Arabic dialects, and is the usual vehicle of oral and written communication in the media of the Arab countries. It also figures prominently in the education system of the Arab countries


These skills are the academic target for the Arabic level 2 course;  therefore, they establish the requirements for assessing the subject.

1- Student's ability to understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary and texts related to areas of personal interest (personal and family information, daily activities, time, transportation, the city and its services, in the hotel and a trip to an Arab country).

2- Ability to read and understand short, simple texts and find specific information in them; text such as advertisements, menus, timetables, weekdays and understand short simple personal letters.

3- Ability to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring simple and direct exchange of information about familiar issues and activities.

4- Ability to use simple phrases and sentences to describe family and other people, living conditions, work, home, and to communicate in a restaurant and in a hotel.

5- Ability to write texts, notes and short simple messages relating to everyday needs. Write and answer a very simple personal letters.

6- Ability to develop and expand their knowledge of Arabic 2 and relate all these skills and language skills to progress, to learn more and to improve their level.


A- Grammar Content:

 1- Adverbs of place.

2- Adverbs of time.

3- Prepositions.

4- Questions words (why, where, when. etc.)

5- The nominal and verbal phrases.

6- The past tense and its conjugation and negation (First, second and third person singular).

7- The imperative verb (Second person singular).

8- The supplement called "Al idafa".

9- The adjective.

10 - Declension: study the three declensions in Arabic (the nominative,

  accusative and genitive).                             


B-Communicative Content:

1- Typical Arabic dishes, Arabic culinary habits and Ramadan.
2- Hotels, taxi and transport, how to express preference.
3- The city and its services.
4- The daily routine and the colors.
5- The seasons.



The student must attain the competencies described in paragraph 5 "Competences" from the methodology used in class. This methodology is to follow the same phases as seen 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 in class, the program contents related to grammar and communicative content, accompanied by individual exercises, inside and outside the classroom, reading texts, listening to audio material and viewing videos. It tries 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 hand. This methodology, therefore, also includes the following activities:

a. Classroom instruction

b. Individual exercises in class

c. Individual exercises outside of class

d. Reading text

e. Watching Videos

f. Group exercises in the classroom

g. Group exercises outside the classroom

h. Participation in class

i. Exam preparation

j. Exams


A. Written exams

B. Oral exams

C. Assessment of written work, homework and notebook.

D. Evaluation of oral interactions in class

E. Evaluation of class participation

50% Final exam:

   Oral exam 15%

   Listening comprehension exam: 15%   

   Reading and writing comprehension exam skills: 35%

   Grammar exam: 35%


Class work 50%:

Oral interactions in class

Written work in class


A test (mid-semester)

Participation in class



Participation in 85% of regular class sessions is a prerequisite for taking the final exam. Students must pass at least two of the four parts of the final exam in order to pass the course.

Those students who fail to meet the criterion of regular participation have not earned the right to take the end-of-term final exam.

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 the second term, students who take the exam but fail the course have the right to take the June 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.


Students at the end of Arabic 2 must show they have acquired these skills:


Objective 1- Listening skills (B & D):

Understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of personal interest (very basic personal and family information); also to understand and grasp the ideas common to everyday issues, such as when you are in a market or a restaurant, and express their needs and tastes. In addition, acquire ideas and important information in notes or signs and simple clear short messages.


 Objective 2-Reading comprehension (C & E):

Students should show their ability to understand texts dealing with topics of interest (descriptions of places, people, shopping, weather, jobs, studies, hobbies). Also to understand letters and short messages, advertisements, posters and signs.


Objective 3 - Oral interaction (B, D & E):

Students should show their ability to participate and engage in conversation, to communicate with others expressing their opinions and ideas, meeting their needs, asking for and giving basic information. Students must also be able to handle very short social exchanges and take an active part in conversations.


Objective 4 -Pronunciation (B, D & E):

Students should show their ability to reproduce and correctly pronounce words and phrases to communicate with others, understand and, above all, be understood by the other participants in the conversation. Also show good pronunciation, which will be reflected in the correct spelling, given that Arabic is written as it is pronounced.


5- Writing Objective (A & C):

Students must show ability to write short texts, messages and brief letters with grammatically well-constructed structures and, according to the spelling rules of Arabic, to know how to describe, in simple terms, aspects of their past and their environment, as well as issues related to their immediate needs.



Textbook and workbook prepared by the professors


Victoria Aguilar, Ana Rubio & Lourdes Domingo. Mabruk. DM Murcia 2014.

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Hernández, J. Gramática práctica de árabeA1, A2 y B1. Albujayra, España, 2009.

Fandy, I; Fandy, S. The second part of the book of the initial level of Arabic. Damascus University.


Brustad, K; Al-Batal, M; Al-Tonsi, A.  Al-Kitaab Arabic Language Program,  Georgetown University, 2004.

 Al-Said, B. Al-kitab Al-asasi Volume I: A Basic Course for Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers. American University Cairo, 2008.

Verbos conjugados árabe. Idiomas Pons, Barcelona, 2011.

 Diccionario Español-árabe/árabe-Español (versión de bolsillo): Herder.

 Aguilar, V; Manzano, M; Zanón, j .Hayya natakallam al-arabiyya, ICE-universidad de Murcia, 1998.

Heikal, A. Curso de árabe, libros Hiperión. Madrid, 1977.




Catherine Ann Otey