Arabic: Level Four (Standard)

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Luay Hasan CMK.C804


  • Students should show command (at both written and oral level)  … see description of “Communicative content” and “Structural Content” of Level 3 (LN 705) . Admission into the course after completion of level test and tutor’s approval.
  • This course is suitable for students wanting to improve Modern Standard Arabic.
  • 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.

Course content

Course Aims

  • To extend the ability to use Arabic effectively for purposes of general communication.
  • To establish the skills, language and attitudes required to promote and facilitate further study of Arabic.
  • Level B2 of Common European Framework.

Communicative Content

  • Describing people, feelings and places.
  • Talking about past experiences and events.
  • Talking about present experiences and events.
  • Relating actions in the past.
  • Expressing wishes, plans for the future and doubts.
  • Summarising.
  • Giving opinions and judgements.
  • Expressing hypothesis and certainty.
  • Comparing possibilities.
  • Forbidding and suggesting.
  • Talking about current issues.
  • Paraphrasing.

Structural Content

  • Relative clauses
  • Revision of past, present, future, imperative
  • Revision of passive voice
  • Revision of hollow, assimilated, doubled and defective verbs
  • Revision of verbs with hamza
  • Conditional sentences
  • Inna and its sisters
  • Forms of hollow, assimilated, doubled and defective verbs
  • Forms of verbs with hamza
  • Verbs with two accusatives
  • Transitive verbs with two direct objects


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

  • Al-Kitaab fii Ta‘llum al-‘Arabiyya  Al-Kitaab Fii Ta Allum Al- Arabiyya: Pt. 1and Pt.2: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic by Brustad et al, Georgetown Univ.Press.


  • Hans Wehr Arabic-English Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (edited by J M Cowan, Spoken Lang. Service,1976)
  • The Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage (edited by N S Doniach, Oxford Univ. Press,1982) ISBN 0-19-864321-7
  • Al-Mawrid English-Arabic Dictionary by Munir Ba‘albaki (Dar al-Ilm Lil-Malayen, Beirut)
  • 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.
Oral examination (30%) in the ST.
In class assessment (20%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2012/13: 8

Average class size 2012/13: 8

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