Arabic: Level Two (Standard)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Nadim Ben Mohamed Mahjoub TW3.6.01


  • Students should have previously learnt … see description of “Communicative content” and “Structural Content” of Level 1 Standard (LN701) and/or Level 1 Fast Track (LN702). Admission into the course upon 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.
  • To bring the students to level A2- of Common European Framework.

Communicative content

  • Talking about present events and experiences
  • Talking about past events and experiences
  • Describing people, places and objects
  • Talking about daily habits/routine
  • Making comparisons
  • Using both past and present
  • Talking about future plans (basic)
  • Expressing preferences
  • Expressing  likes/dislikes
  • Writing a postcard

Structural content

  • Revision of present tense
  • Revision of Nisba (nationality)
  • Revision of Idafa (genitive construction)
  • Revision of possessive
  • Negative phrases
  • Prepositions with pronoun suffixes
  • Past tense
  • Comparative
  • Adverbs of frequency
  • Introduction to Masdar (verbal noun)
  • Time expressions
  • Verb Kana (To be)
  • Dual and Plural (sound and broken)
  • Future tense
  • Numbers
  • Number-noun agreement (1-10)
  • Adjective-noun agreement (human/non human)
  • Demonstratives
  • Quantities
  • Introduction to cases and declination (nominative, accusative, genitive)


16 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 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 1 and 2, Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Mastering Arabic Grammar, Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
  • 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)


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

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 12

Average class size 2015/16: 11

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