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Arabic Beginners Summer Intensive (Year 1) Short Course

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Learn Arabic in a few short weeks with our Beginners Summer Intensive course. This concentrated course will teach you the entire syllabus of the Arabic Beginners course in just 10 weeks during the summer term.

Why choose this course?

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.

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.

The Arabic Beginners Summer Intensive course consists of two evening classes per week for a total of 10 weeks. In this time you will cover all three modules of the beginners course, giving you an excellent grasp on basic Arabic in a short space of time.

Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of Arabic.

All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.

Course overview

You will learn Arabic at a basic conversational level and be able to speak, read, write, comprehend basic sentences, recognise differences in sounds and basic structure between MSA and dialect.

Three crucial speaking skills -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.

Is it the right level for me?

The Arabic Beginners Summer Intensive short course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of the Arabic language.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of Arabic, you may wish to join our Arabic Lower Intermediate course or join Module Two or Module Three of the Arabic Beginners course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

During the  classes of the Arabic Beginners Summer Intensive short course you will cover the following topics and grammatical structures.

Topics covered

  • Arabic Alphabet and sounds;
  • Greetings and leave-taking;
  • Yourself and where you are from;
  • Professions;
  • Everyday objects;
  • Immediate surroundings and facilities;
  • Family;
  • More countries and peoples;
  • Numbers and prices.
  • Food and drink;
  • Daily routine and schedules;
  • Telling time;
  • Describing people;
  • Positions and activities;
  • The weather;
  • Past events;
  • Arabic print media.

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;
  • Prepositions;
  • Coordinating particle;
  • Demonstrative;
  • Contrasting particle;
  • Negation;
  • The definite article;
  • Sun and moon letters;
  • Question words;
  • Verbs;
  • Dual;
  • More about plural;
  • Negation and conjugation.
  • 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

  • Writing and reading the Arabic 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;
  • Making polite requests and asking questions;
  • Introduction to colloquial Arabic; phonological variations/ different hand writing;
  • Being able to count;
  • Eliciting information;
  • Expressing admiration;
  • Cardinals numbers;
  • Describing a situation;
  • Giving your address;
  • Expressing regret or apology.
  • 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.



Prerequisite knowledge

The Arabic Summer Intensive course is designed for complete beginners with no prior knowledge of Arabic.

If you are not a complete beginner and have some prior knowledge of Arabic, you may wish to join our Arabic Lower Intermediate course or join Module Two or Module Three of the Arabic Beginners course. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

English requirements

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & 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;
  • classroom discussion;
  • pair and group work;
  • work on pronunciation and intonation;
  • 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.

There is no formal assessment and no qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course. You must attend over 70 per cent of the classes to be eligible for the certificate.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Text book1-Ahlan wa Sahlan units 1-7.Letters and Sounds of the Arabic Language

With Online Media Access the Online Interactive Exercises (Password inside the textbook)

By: Mahdi Alosh, Allen Clark

  • ISBN10 -0300214464
  • ISBN13 -9780300214468

Text book2- Ahlan wa Sahlan Lessons 1-7. Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners, Second Edition: With Online Media Access the Online Interactive Exercises (Password inside the textbook)

By: Mahdi Alosh , Revised by  Allen Clark

  • Publication date 01 Nov 2015
  • ISBN10- 030021989X
  • ISBN13- 9780300219890

Please note that you need NOT to buy any new study materials because we will continue year 2 using same textbook 2 above.

Tutor information

  • Ahmed EI-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.

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