Arabic: Level Three (Standard)

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Luay Hasan CMK.C804


  • Students should show command (at both oral and written level) … see description of “Communicative content” and “Structural Content” of Level 2 Fast Track (LN704). Admission into the course after completion of level test and tutor’s approval.
  • Students should demonstrate commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, completion of the dossier and all assessments.
  • Students should dedicate at least two hours per week for coursework in addition to classes.
  • This course is suitable for students wanting to improve Modern Standard Arabic.

Course content

Course aims

  • To use Arabic effectively for purposes of practical communication and reading comprehension in familiar work and social contexts.
  • To establish the skills, language and attitudes required to promote and facilitate further study of Arabic.
  • Level B1 of Common European Framework.

Communicative content

  • Talking about past events and experiences
  • Talking about present events and experiences.
  • Describing places, people and objects.
  • Making comparisons.
  • Expressing wishes, plans for the future, uncertainty and doubts.
  • Giving opinions and judgements
  • Expressing agreement and disagreement.
  • Talking about current issues
  • Giving advise

Structural content

  • Revision of past tense and Present tense
  • Revision of negative phrases
  • Forms of the Arabic verb (1-10)
  • Plural patterns
  • Comparative forms
  • Verb Kana (To be) and other hollow verbs
  • Future tense
  • Numbers
  • Verb/subject agreements
  • Assimilated, doubled and defective verbs
  • Verbs with hamza
  • The subjunctive
  • Kana and its sisters
  • Inna and its sisters
  • Relative clauses
  • Imperative: do/don' t
  • Passive
  • Dual (verbs, nouns, adjectives, pronouns and relative clauses)


12 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of classes in the LT. 8 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 40 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading

Study Pack

Other useful materials for this level

  • Mastering Arabic 2, Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
  • Al-Kitaab fii Ta‘llum al-‘Arabiyya  Al-Kitaab Fii Ta Allum Al- Arabiyya: Pt. 1: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic by Brustad et al, Georgetown Univ.Press, 2011


  • The Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage (edited by N S Doniach, Oxford Univ. Press,1983)
  • Al-Munjid fi-l-Lughah wa-l-A‘laam (Dar al-Machreq, Beirut, 1998) (Arabic-Arabic)

Language Centre Learning Support

  • Tandem Learning: Regular events to improve your spoken language skills - Join our Language Exchange programme! Find out about the details and our Facebook Groups
  • Online Language Learning: Try our Moodle site “LSE Language Gateway” as extra support for your language learning (includes links to podcasts, streaming television, free online courses).

Go to www.lse.ac.uk/languages and click on 'Learning Support'


Continuous assessment (50%) in the MT, LT and ST.
In class assessment (20%) in the LT.
Oral examination (30%) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2012/13: 16

Average class size 2012/13: 14

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