Arabic Year 1 (Beginners)  Short Courses

Learn how to speak, understand, read and write Arabic in a reputable University in Central London.

This evening Arabic Beginner course runs over three terms which progressively build on one another. Lessons take place once a week on Tuesdays for two hours. Each term has 10 weeks. All our courses are taught by highly experienced language lecturers who are native speakers.

This course is an introduction to the Arabic language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. You will develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language. Modern Standard Arabic is taught with reference to dialects.

Whether you are learning Arabic for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, the Arabic Beginners course will enable you to communicate confidently on a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place in the country you are visiting.


Term 1 of the Arabic Year 1 course is aimed at complete Beginners - for students with no prior knowledge of the language.

Term 2 and term 3 of this course are aimed at students with some basic knowledge of the language. If you would like to join the Arabic Year 1 course in January or April, please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines.

If you are a complete Beginner and you have missed the September enrolment, you can join the Arabic Accelerated course in January. You will cover Module 1 (term 1) and Module 2 (term 2) within one term. You will then be able to join Arabic Year 1 in term 3.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 7 October 2014 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £205.00 (Module 1) CS1869 Apply Now
Tuesday 27 January 2015 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £205.00 (Module 2) CS1869 Apply Now
Tuesday 28 April 2015 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £205.00 (Module 3) CS1869 Apply Now
Tuesday 7 October 2014 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £525.00 (All Modules) CS1869 Apply Now

Tutor Info

Ahmed El-Shareif (MA) is a native Arabic speaker from Egypt. He obtained his Master of Arts in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from SOAS, University of London. Ahmed currently teaches at SOAS and he is an active member of Language Pedagogy. He also works as Visiting Lecturer at Kings College London. Ahmed previously taught at Suffolk College, Westminster University and IH London.


No prior knowledge required if you want to start in the autumn. If you wish to join this Arabic Evening course in January 2014 or April 2014, please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling as some basic knowledge is expected.

English Requirements

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

What will I learn?

Term 1

Topics covered

Alphabet and sounds, greetings and leave-taking, yourself and where you are from, professions, everyday objects

Grammatical structures

The short and long Arabic vowels; masculine and feminine words (gender of nouns); simple sentences; case endings - the nominative case, nouns (singular) and adjective agreement; plural of words, possessive endings, the letter Ta Marbouda and its sound, attaching a suffix to a word ending in Ta Marbouda, separate personal pronoun, subject and predicate, separate pronoun

Learning objectives

  • 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 class room
  • Making polite requests and asking questions
  • Introduction to colloquial Arabic; phonological variations/ different hand writing

Term 2

Topics covered

More objects, immediate surroundings and facilities, family, more countries and peoples; numbers; prices

Grammatical structures

Prepositions, coordinating particle, demonstrative, contrasting particle , negation, the definite article, sun and moon letters, question words, verbs, dual, more about plural, negation and conjugation

Learning objectives

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

Term 3

Topics covered

Food and drink, daily routine and schedules, telling time, describing people, positions and activities, the weather, past events, Arabic print media

Grammatical structures

Sequence, the verb KANA, comparing and contrasting, partitive nouns, giving a reason, the imperative, case of the noun, attached pronoun to verb, likes and dislikes, plural of noun, idafa structure, verbal noun and past tense

Learning objectives

  • 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

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.

Classroom activities will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context. Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework.

Your progress will be assessed on an on-going basis through homework and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your lecturer when appropriate and written feedback with your homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

You will be encouraged to build your own Arabic Learning Portfolio (ALP). This will be discussed with your teacher.

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Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, either from the University bookshop (Northampton Square) or from most major bookshops.



Leads To...

Having successfully completed Arabic Beginners (Year 1), you can progress to Arabic Lower Intermediate (Year 2).

Career Outcome

At the end of Year 1 (Beginners) students are expected to be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They should be able to introduce themselves, people they know and things they have. They are able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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