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BA (Hons)Arabic and English Language

Tuition fee £12,500.00 per year
Course code QTH6
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At Westminster we train competent linguists in modern languages ready to enter graduate employment. We place particular emphasis on employability and the contemporary cultural context, and offer high-quality teaching in all language skills.

This course will enable you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic competence in Arabic in all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking), enhance your skills in using English, and develop linguistic and cultural knowledge and understanding. You will be able to function in different cultural situations and acquire the generic qualities and skills of a humanities graduate. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Our Arabic courses are only available to beginner or ‘false beginner’ entrants – false beginners are students who may be able to read the Arabic script, and/or have the equivalent to one or two years’ part-time study. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point.

You will study an integrated curriculum with a focus on applied language skills and cultural studies, supported by a rigorous development of your foreign languages skills in all areas. You will develop a high level of competence in oral and written communication in Arabic, proficiency in language transfer skills, a thorough knowledge of Arabic culture, and the ability to function linguistically in diverse cultural situations.

English Language focuses on the relationship between language and non-literary and literary texts, and on the history of the English language and the ways in which it currently varies around the British Isles and the world as a global language. You will develop your understanding of the English language and, at a wider level, the ways in which it reflects and contributes to wider meanings in society. You will also have the opportunity to consider the theoretical tools of both literary analysis and language research in detail.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and workshops, but most of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning.

You will have the opportunity to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or approved form of employment in a country where Arabic is the official language. You can also study an elective module from across the University in each year.

Programme structure

Year 1

Subjects of study include:

English Language and Literature Tutorial
Intercultural Communication: an Introduction
Introduction to Language and Literature
Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
Language Myths
Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
Poetry and Politics
Shakespeare and Performance
The Arabic World and the Word
Words, Meaning and Texts

Year 2

Subjects of study include:

Child Language Acquisition
Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution Across World Cultures
Expressions of Arabic Culture
History and Discourse
Language Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
Literary Linguistics
Making Memory: Culture History and Representation
Screening Memory Through Food, Music and Childhood
Transposing Current Affairs Through Multilingual e-Collaboration
Travel Sickness
Work Placement/Work Shadowing Experience in a Language/Culture Setting
Writing Revolutions

Year 3

Subjects of study may include:

Advanced Discourse Analysis
Applied Language Studies
Developing Career Competences for Linguists
Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness Across Cultures
Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
Internship and Personal Professional Development
Issues in Linguistics
Language Contact and Change
Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and Across Diasporic Spaces
Studies in Literary Language
Themes in Arabic Studies

Career opportunities

At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States