ARA1120 - Arabic language 2

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Course content

NB! Spring 2017: Only exam in ARA1120 will be offered. Students must have taken the exam in an earlier semester, or they must have followed the course and completed all mandatory activities.

This course is a skill/task-based Arabic course that will give you training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Arabic. The course also comprises a number of real-life tasks that will boost your spoken Arabic in a relatively short period of time. Teaching is undertaken in modern standard Arabic and either Egyptian Colloquial Arabic or the Levantine dialect.

This course is designed to prepare students to be able to master the Arabic language with a big awareness of cultural aspects and to face possible challenges in studying Arabic abroad.

Learning outcome

Having completed this course, you will:

  • be able to talk about yourself and your family members using simple constructions
  • be able to read, eventually with increased understanding, non-complex, connected texts dealing with a variety of basic and social needs
  • be able to write simple letters, brief synopses and paraphrases, summaries of biographical data, work and school experience.
  • be able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated, basic and communicative tasks as well as social situations.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

You must have completed ARA1110 - Arabisk språk 1, or be able to document a course/courses equivalent to this.


Students will have 4 double hour lessons per week, for 14 weeks throughout the semester.

As the first lesson will give you important information on this course and compulsory tuition activities, attendance at this lesson is strongly recommended.

This course continues the use of

Requirements to enter the exam: Students need to reach the minimum requirements in each of the following elements to be able to enter the exam.

  • Participation: Students need to achieve 80 % at least of participation
  • Homework Assignments: Students need to achieve 80 % at least of homework grade
  • Quizzes: Students need to achieve 8 0% at least of quizzes grade
  • Oral assignments: Students need to achieve 80 % at least of the oral grade

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


NB! Spring 2017: Only exam in ARA1120 will be offered. Students must have taken the exam in an earlier semester, or they must have followed the course and completed all mandatory activities.

Before you may sit the exam, you must have completed compulsory tuition activities, see the point "Teaching" above.

The final examination consists of a written exam lasting for 4 hours, in combination with an oral exam.

The written exam consists :

  • Reading comprehension, where students will read a text in Arabic and answer some questions related to the text.
  • Vocabulary part, where students fill in the blanks using vocabulary they have studied, or using the vocabulary to describe some pictures.
  • Grammar, where the student will answer grammar questions
  • Translation from Norwegian to Arabic and/or writing of a short text related to the syllabus

The exam is to be written in Arabic. Some questions may be given in English.

The written exam counts 70 % of the final grade, the oral exam counts 30 %.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Students will answer the exam in Arabic. Some questions may be given in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Underveisevaluering ARA1120

Periodisk evaluering


For studenter med opptak fra og med høst 2010:
Emnet er del av en 80-poengs fordypningsenhet innenfor studieretningen Midtøsten-studier med arabisk på Program for asiatiske og afrikanske studier. Emnet kan også inngå som en del av en 40-poengs enhet knyttet til andre programmer innenfor kultur- og samfunnsfag.

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