Arabic Year 2 (Lower Intermediate)  Short Courses

Taught mostly in Arabic, this short language course is for students who already have some knowledge of Arabic and would like to continue their learning.

The Year 2 Arabic short course covers various subjects such as: scheduling appointments, reading newspapers, describing neighbourhood businesses and their locations, writing postcards and letters, discussing sports and food, expressing preference and frequency, colour and describing countries.

Linguistic skills such as building sentences, transforming  information and describing aspects of one’s background and immediate environment are developed.

The Year 2 Arabic course runs over three terms with various classroom activities including drilling, role-playing and listening comprehension to ensure students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are fully practiced. It also offers the opportunity to understand the Arabic culture and way of life.

If you missed an October enrolment and you already have some knowledge of Arabic, you can join the Arabic Lower Intermediate class in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed. You can do this by checking your level using our online guidelines.

Why Choose a City Short Course?

Our Arabic Lower Intermediate short course is ideal for anyone looking for a flexible class that'll take their Arabic to the next level. The Arabic Lower Intermediate course is the perfect follow-on programme for anyone who has completed the Arabic Beginners language evening course.

The programme is taught by native speakers over 10 weekly evening classes, offering maximum flexibility and expert tuition.

Course Information

Dates and Fees to be confirmed

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.

What will I learn?

Term 1
Topics covered

Daily activities. Describing people, and activities Personal information Events (national and religious and festivals).

Grammatical structures
Expressing contrast with ف--- أما. Revisiting portative nouns, negating imperative, week verbs, Expressing reasons using لان and لذلك  . Introduction to the passive.
introduction to ل following the verb قال .relative nouns.Five nouns, using verb صار
Secret of the Arabic  language Verbs, Ordinal numbers revisited. possessive إضافة

Learning objectives

  • Describing daily activities in the past and present.
  • Describing events such as national and religious festivities
  • Providing personal information
  • Reporting speech
  • Describing people
  • Swearing or giving an oath
  • Learning about Arabic culture

Term 2
Topics covered
Famous people.  Newspaper advertisement, floor plans, house fixture and furniture, colours.
Sports and food.

Grammatical structures
Expressing frequency with  كل –مرة-مرتين and exception  ما عدا
E Introduction to  adverbs of time and place. Explaining reasons using ل and its case Using لم  to negate Writing postcards and letters , using  terms of address in written communication. Learning how to use relative nouns such as  الذي- التي Expressing uncertainty using ربما . Expressing preference  and frequency.  Expressing intention using أريد ان + مضارع Introduction to week verbs. Expressing intention, Noun of instrument. Negating future time.
Learning objectives

  • Making appointments and schedules and  describing festivities
  • Reading newspaper advertisement
  • Describing activities in the past and present
  • Describing floor plans, house fixture and furniture.
  • Describing neighbourhood businesses and their locations.
  • Writing postcards and letters, using terms of address in written communication.
  • Discussing sports and food
  • Giving direction
  • Introduction to colours.
  • Learning about Arabic culture

Term 3
Topics covered
Countries, populations, and products. Country  geographical direction. Arabic Media (Radio and television). Travel, Profession, Family

Grammatical structures
Expressing exception withإلا and غير Expressing obligation using على----أن
Expressing possibility using يمكن  Introduction to قد  Revisiting the comparative and superlative degree. Expressing reasons using كي  and ل, Expressing obligation. Revisiting Verbal Noun, Details about Hamza .
Learning objectives

  • Describing countries, populations, and products
  • Describing geographical directions and features
  • Describing events in Radio and Television.
  • Describing professions.
  • Describing travel related activities.
  • Revisiting Family members and relations.
  • Describing more professions
  • Learning about Arabic culture

Teaching and Assessment

Classroom activities will include:

  • Drilling
  • Role-playing
  • Listening comprehension
  • Note-taking
  • Gap-filling exercises
  • Work on pronunciation and intonation
  • Grammar in context
  • Introducing and practising new symbols in class

Students will perform listening, speaking, reading and writing in Arabic.

Recommended Reading

Ahlan wa Sahlan ISBN  978-0-300-122725

Career Outcome

At the end of the Lower Intermediate Arabic course (Year 2) students are expected to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. Very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).

They are able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Students can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

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