Arabic for Specific Purposes Oman, Levels

Levels

1. Language levels

The institute will adopt the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in its courses, which divides students into three categories and six levels:

Category (A):-
(Basic)

consisting of two levels:

Level A1
(Beginner)

When an applicant achieves a score less than 25% in the placement test and is competent in the use of familiar everyday expressions, including introducing him/herself and giving limited personal details.

Level A2
(Elementary)

When an applicant achieves a score above 25% and less than 40% and has some knowledge of Arabic, i.e. a basic ability to interact, express his/her needs and understand the most frequently used sentences and everyday expressions.

Category (B):-
(Independent User)

consisting of two levels:

Level B1
(Intermediate)

When an applicant achieves a score of more than 40% and less than 55% in the placement test and has a clear understanding and ability to deal with matters regularly encountered in the work place, at school or while travelling. In addition, the applicant will be able to write short texts on familiar situations.

Level B2
(Upper intermediate)

When an applicant achieves a score of more than 55% and less than 70% in the placement test and has an understanding of the main ideas of a complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. The applicant should also be able to interact fluently and spontaneously with native speakers and produce accurate detailed texts and viewpoints on topical issues.

Category (C):-
(Proficient user)

consisting of two levels:

Level C1
(Advanced)

Level C1 (Advanced). When an applicant achieves a score of more than 70% and less than 85% in the placement test and has a wide range of understanding and recognition of implicit meaning in demanding longer texts. In addition, the candidate can express ideas fluently and spontaneously, use language flexibly and effectively in social, academic and professional situations, and produce clear well-structured texts on complex subjects showing a controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Level C2
(Proficient)

When an applicant achieves a score of more than 85% in the placement test and can express him/herself fluently, spontaneously and precisely even in the most complex situations, with a clear ability to differentiate the finer points of meaning. In addition, the applicant will be able to summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

2. Foundation Levels

Arabic for Specific Purposes Oman, Levels

Level A1

The student will learn some basic rules including personal, demonstrative and relative pronouns; gender, negative and affirmative forms; and verb tenses and their different uses.

Arabic for Specific Purposes Oman, Levels

Level A2

Students will be exposed to a large number of words, both concrete and abstract with focus on only one meaning at the beginning, but later extending into polysemic meanings in speaking and writing. Shared worksheets will feature short texts highlighting facts from daily life. Most frequently used structures in Arabic sentences will focus primarily on simple short sentences, i.e. verb, subject and complement. Sentence building will be progressively introduced so that students can move to complex sentences and learn about affirmative and negative forms, connectors and relative pronouns.
Arabic for Specific Purposes Oman, Levels

Level B1

More advanced grammar will be introduced at this level.
Arabic for Specific Purposes Oman, Levels

Level B2

More advanced rules in grammar will be introduced, including types of plurals (regular and irregular), verb conjugation with different pronouns, passive and active voices.
Arabic for Specific Purposes Oman, Levels

Level C1

More complex grammar rules will be taught to assist students with their writing, including conditional statements, transitive verbs, some spelling rules and punctuation.
Arabic for Specific Purposes Oman, Levels

Level C2

Some rhetorical rules will be introduced, as well as more detailed grammar.

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Arabic for Specific Purposes Oman, Levels
Al Wasil Language Institute aims to become a distinguished national and a regional centre for the instruction of Arabic. The institute will also contribute to the teaching of Arabic to academic, diplomatic, military, medical and media specialists, among others, who reside in the Sultanate or in other countries.

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