Arabic Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1)  Short Courses

Course Information

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Monday 30 April 2018 18:00 - 21:00 20 classes over 1 term (Mondays & Thursdays) £510.00 CS1876 Apply Now

Course Content

Whether you wish to speak using the formal register of Modern Standard Arabic or the informal Egyptian Cairo dialect, or to develop the ability to read simple authentic texts and understand cultural important expressions used among friends and acquaintances, this course is for you.

Learn Arabic from scratch with this highly intensive course designed for complete beginners who want to learn the richness of variation in Arabic language and be able to initiate and sustain conversations on daily topics with native speakers.

It runs two evenings a week for ten weeks. The content of three terms is covered in one so only those committed to spending more hours outside of class should enrol. Three crucial speaking skills which are pronunciation of sounds, gender agreement and conjugation in context will be developed during the course and students are able to gain deep understanding of Arabic speaking countries and its rich culture.

By the end of the course students will have covered the syllabus normally covered in Term 1, Term 2, and Term 3 of Arabic Beginners (Year 1). If you would like to continue your studies you can join Arabic Lower Intermediate (Year 2) from October.

Why choose the Arabic Summer Intensive short course?

Delivered by native speakers, our short course is taught over ten weekly evening sessions in the heart of London.

Challenging but rewarding, this Arabic Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) course is perfectly suited to those working full-time or anyone looking to improve their skills and knowledge.

Tutor Info

Ahmed El-Shareif

Ahmed EI-Shareif 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. He also attended several workshops run by the Authors of Al-Kitaab in Texas University, USA and London.

Ahmed currently teaches Arabic at City (CASS & LGP Modules) and SOAS. He previously taught at Suffolk College, Westminster University, International House London and Kings College London. Ahmed is an External Examiner for Pearson education, and Chartered Institute of Linguists. He also designs and runs training courses for the development of Arabic teachers abroad and in UK.


No prior knowledge required if you want to start in the autumn. If you wish to join this Arabic Evening course in January 2016 or April 2016, please check your level 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?

Arabic Letters and sounds - Third edition . ISBN  978-1-58901-632-3

The materials of this course contain basic colloquial vocabulary of approximately twenty five words out of approximately two hundred MSA . These presented in the first 4 weeks (6 class’s  hours  x 4 weeks  =24 hours)  gives learners the tools they need to begin to express and communicate with native speakers in their immediate environment.  The three crucial speaking skills to develop at this stage are pronunciations of sounds, gender agreement, and correct use (conjugation in context) of the forms of verbs

A textbook for Beginning Arabic  Third edition Part one. ISBN  978-1-58901-736-8

Alkitaab Part one is the second book in this course .This book with its website- - develops skills in Modern standard Arabic- MSA-  (formal) and colloquial Arabic , including, listening, speaking, writing, and cultural knowledge. integrating materials in colloquial and MSA/ writing Arabic.

Learning Goals

*Ability to speak about yourself , your life, and your environment, to initiate and sustain conversation on daily-life topic with educated native speakers  and to paraphrases as necessary to make yourself understood.

*The ability to read simple, authentic texts on familiar topic and understand the main ideas.

* The ability to write informal notes and short essay on familiar topic of daily life.

*the ability to comprehend and produce accurately the basic sentence structure of Arabic.

*Ability to recognise differences in sounds and basic structure between MSA and dialect.

*Ability to understand Arabic culture connected to everyday life and  to use culturally important expressions commonly used among friend and acquaintances.

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis of this Arabic short 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.

Leads To...

Having successfully completed Arabic Beginners  Summer Intensive(Year 1), you can progress to the Arabic Lower Intermediate (Year 2) short course.

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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