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Arabic Beginners (Year 1)

City University London
Course summary
10 weeks
Part time
Professional Training
Arabic Beginners (Year 1)

Course description

Arabic Beginners (Year 1)

The Arabic script is introduced letter by letter with grouping depending on the shape of the shell. Listening and speaking exercises in the class reinforce the relationship between letters learnt and their associated sound.

You will learn about Arabic media, how to make polite requests and express likes and dislikes, receive an introduction to food and drink; and learn to describe daily activities. By the end of the course, you will have an understanding of the structure of Arabic and will be able to speak, read, write and understand simple Arabic sentences.

The course consists of one evening class a week, for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, which is ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

Learning objectives

Module 1

  • Writing and reading the Alphabet as well their sounds (phonetics);
  • Introducing and identifying yourself and others;
  • Greeting people;
  • Saying good-bye;
  • Asking about well-being;
  • Talking about what you do;
  • Identifying places of origin and Arab countries, political system and capitals.;
  • Describing everyday objects/ objects in classroom;
  • Making polite requests and asking questions;
  • Introduction to colloquial Arabic; phonological variations/ different hand writing.

Module 2

  • Being able to count ;
  • Eliciting information ;
  • Expressing admiration ;
  • Cardinals numbers ;
  • Describing a situation ;
  • Giving your address ;
  • Expressing regret or apology.

Module 3

  • Requesting and declining things politely;
  • Describing activities in the present, past and future;
  • Reporting what other people say;
  • Talking about the weather;
  • Describing daily activities;
  • Expressing contrast and reasons.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Prerequisite knowledge

Modules are taught at progressive levels, if you have no prior knowledge you must start at Module One in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join Module Two of the Arabic short course (in January), you must have completed Module One or be familiar with the content taught in Module One, specified in the What will I learn? section.

If you wish to enrol on Module Three of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both Module One and Module Two or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the What will I learn? section.

Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.

English requirements

You will need to respond to instructions and read course documents in English.

Training Course Content

Topics covered

Module 1

  • Alphabet and sounds;
  • Greetings and leave-taking;
  • Yourself and where you are from;
  • Professions;
  • Everyday objects.

Module 2

  • More objects;
  • Immediate surroundings and facilities;
  • Family, more countries and peoples;
  • Numbers and prices.

Module 3

  • Food and drink;
  • Daily routine and schedules;
  • Telling time;
  • Describing people;
  • Positions and activities;
  • The weather;
  • Past events;
  • Arabic print media.

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