Curriculum

Arabic

Arabic is offered as a GCSE and can be studied as part of an after-school programme in years 10 and 11.

Arabic

Aims

The GCSE is then taken after two years of study at the end of year 11.
The qualification is offered to those students who already have a good grasp of reading, writing, listening and speaking and who need to hone their Arabic language skills.

What we offer

Key Stage 4

For speaking and writing units, content will relate to the following broad themes.

  1. Media, travel and culture
    Music/film/reading
    Fashion/celebrities/religion
    Blogs/internet
  2. Holidays/accommodation/eating, food, drink
  3. Sport, leisure and work
    Hobbies/interests
    Sporting events
    Lifestyle choices
  4. Work experience/part-time jobs
    Product or service information

For listening and reading skills refer to the generic content areas specified below and feature scenarios set in a country where Arabic is spoken.

  1. Out and about
    Visitor information
    Basic weather
    Local amenities
    Accommodation
    Public transport
    Directions
    Customer service and transactions
  2. Cafés and restaurants
    Shops
    Dealing with problems
    Personal information
  3. General interests
    Leisure activities
    Family and friends
    Lifestyle (healthy eating and exercise)
Assessment

Assessment summary Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 are external units, set and marked by the examination board.

Unit 1 Listening and Understanding

This unit is externally set and assessed. The examination consists of a number of passages or interactions in Arabic with a variety of question types. The spoken material will include both formal (for example a telephone message) and informal speech (for example social interaction). There are two tiers of entry for this paper: Foundation and Higher which caters for a wide range of student profiles and rewards work from grades9-1. Content relates to prescribed common topic areas. Timing: 45 minutes (plus 5 minutes’ reading time). Total number of marks is 50.

Unit 2 Speaking in Arabic

This unit is internally conducted and externally assessed.
Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time; 70 marks
Higher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time; 70 marks
25% of the total qualification
Content overview This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics.
Assessment overview Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in Arabic for different purposes and in different settings. There are three tasks, which must be conducted in the following order: Task 1 – a role play based on one topic that is allocated by Pearson Task 2 – questions based on a picture stimulus based on one topic that is allocated by Pearson Task 3 – conversation based on two themes. The first theme is based on the topic chosen by the student in advance of the assessment. The second theme is allocated by Pearson. The assessments are conducted by teachers in one session within a prescribed assessment window, the recordings are then submitted to Pearson for external marking.

Unit 3 Reading and Understanding in Arabic

This unit is externally set and assessed. The examination consists of a number of short texts, notices or short news reports in Arabic which include a range of settings and styles both formal and informal (for example text messages, advertisements, emails). There are two tiers of entry for this paper: Foundation and Higher which cater for a wide range of student profiles and rewards work from grades 9-1. Content relates to prescribed common topic areas. Timing: 55 minutes. Total number of marks is 50 marks.

Unit 4 Writing in Arabic

Foundation tier: 1 hour 15 minutes; 60 marks

Higher tier: 1 hour 25 minutes; 60 marks 25% of the total qualification

Content overview This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics.

Assessment overview Students are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively through writing in Arabic for different purposes and audiences. Students are required to produce responses of varying lengths and types to express ideas and opinions in Arabic. The instructions to students are in Arabic. Word counts are specified for each question. Students must answer all questions. Foundation tier – three open-response questions and one translation into Arabic. Higher tier – two open-response questions and one translation into Arabic.