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Arabic A Level at Acton High School

Course description

The focus of this course is to develop advanced-level Arabic language skills and knowledge through student-focused assessment. With appealing content and opportunities to gain greater understanding of other cultures, it will prepare students to become well-informed and effective communicators.

Course content

AS Level

Students are required to convey their understanding of written Arabic through a series of reading tasks. They also need to draw upon and apply their knowledge of Arabic language, grammar and lexis to produce a short translation from Arabic into English, as well as demonstrate an ability to manipulate Arabic language in continuous writing.

Unit 1: Written exam, 100% of AS, 50% of A Level (2 hour 45 minutes)

Section A: Students will need to understand, retrieve and convey information from a short series of different Arabic-language texts. They will be required to provide a mix of non-verbal and Arabiclanguage responses. In addition, marks will be given for vocalisation of text produced in response to one of the questions

Section B: Students will be assessed on their ability to transfer meaning from Arabic into English. They will be required to apply their knowledge of Arabic language, grammar and lexis to produce a short translation from Arabic into English

Section C: Students will write a 220-270 word essay, in Arabic, in response to a short Arabiclanguage stimulus and related bullet points. The assessment rewards learners for communicating relevant information effectively as well as for the quality of the Arabic language produced.

A Level

Unit 2: Written exam, 50% of A-level (3 hours) Students carrying on with the subject from AS will retain the marks from their AS exam and be awarded the remainder of the A Level marks based on this written exam in 3 sections.

Section A: Reading; Section B: Translation; Section C: Essays on chosen topic(s) and/or text(s)

Students are required to demonstrate skills in advanced level Arabic reading and in the transfer of meaning from English into Arabic. To promote research and a greater knowledge and understanding of Arabic culture and/or society, students must produce two Arabic-language essays in response to questions related to their chosen topic(s) and/or text(s).

Topics include: Youth culture and concerns; Lifestyle: health and fitness; The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Arabic-speaking world; Education and employment; Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions; National and international events: past, present and future; Literature and the arts.

Entry requirements

Previous experience of speaking and writing Arabic is required.

Future opportunities

Career opportunities include Counselling/Social Services, Sales/Marketing, Education, Customer Services, Human Resources, Banking/Finance, Business, Import/Export, Fashion, Media, Government and Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Acton High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 April 2016