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Arabic Lower Intermediate (Year 2) Short Course

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Move beyond conversational basics with our Arabic Lower Intermediate short course. The course comprises three modules set at progressive levels over one year.

Why choose this course?

Taught mostly in Arabic, this language short course is perfect if you have some knowledge of Arabic and would like to continue learning.

This Arabic evening course will enable you to communicate with more variation and fluency, so you feel confident in most everyday situations with Arabic speakers. It will also broaden your understanding of the Arabic culture and way of life. Challenging but rewarding, the Arabic Lower Intermediate course is perfectly suited to those looking to improve their skills and knowledge.

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

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

The Arabic lower intermediate 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, colours; and describing countries.

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

Is it the right level for me?

The Arabic Lower Intermediate is ideal if you have completed the Arabic Beginners course or have a good beginners knowledge of Arabic. You can check your level using our online guidelines.

The Arabic Lower Intermediate course is taught at progressive levels, starting with Module One in October. We only advise joining Module Two or Module Three if you are already familiar with the content from earlier modules (see the What will I learn? section below for module content).

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Module 1

Topics covered

  • Describing the weather and the four seasons
  • Describing daily  routines and activities
  • Describing events such as national and religious festivities
  • Providing personal information
  • Describing people, activities and past events.

Grammatical structures

  • Introduction to partitive nouns: Some, all, mostبعض-كُلَ- معظم
  • Verb position in Arabic sentences
  • Negative imperative
  • Introduction to passive sentences
  • Expressing reasons using the particles لأن لذلك and expressing contrast with the structureأما...ف
  • Introduction to grammatical function of verbs known as Sisters of Kana أخوات كان

Module 2

Topics covered

  • Making appointments and schedules, and describing festivities
  • Reading newspapers
  • Describing floor plans, house fixtures, and furniture
  • Describing shops, local facilities and their locations
  • Writing postcards, formal and informal letters
  • Using terms of address in written communication.

Grammatical structures

  • Introduction to the secrets of the language: forms of the verb, patterns and root system
  • Dual and plural nouns in Idafa structure
  • Negative past tense with  لم
  • Expressing intension using أريد أن + المضارع المنصوب
  • Negative future tense لن
  • Revisiting adverbs and prepositions of place
  • Using relative nouns الذي  - التي

Module 3

Topics covered

  • Discussing sports and food
  • Describing geographical directions and signs
  • Media, television and radio programs
  • Describing professions and travel related activities
  • Revisiting family members and relationships.

Grammatical structures

  • Expressing uncertainty   ربماand preferences   فضل .
  • Expressing frequency غالباً يومياً أبداً
  • Expressing exception غير –إلا .
  • Introduction to noun كلا –كلتا .
  • Expressing possibility verb يمكن
  • Introduction to comparative nouns with double consonants
  • Learning the function of  قَدْ  particle   فَ  and  إنْ
  • Revisiting the comparatives and superlatives



Prerequisite knowledge

The Arabic Lower Intermediate short course is ideal if you have:

  • successfully completed the Arabic Beginners (Year 1) or Arabic Summer Intensive short course
  • approximately 40-60 hours of prior formal study
  • a rusty (but good) Arabic GCSE.

Modules are taught at progressive levels, starting with Module One in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join Module Two of the Arabic Lower Intermediate 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.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

Classroom activities on the Arabic Year 2 (Lower Intermediate) short course 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

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

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

Ahlan wa Sahlan: 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

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.

  • Arabi Shareif

    Arabi Shareif has been teaching for 10 years, after obtaining his certificate in teaching Arabic as a foreign language from SOAS in 2008. Arabi has taught at Universities such Kings College in London and also at several language schools.

    Arabi is working toward his MA in Academic Practice in Teaching at City, University of London. He is a native speaker of Arabic with a passion for Arabic language teaching, who teaches Modern Standard Arabic as well as Egyptian dialect.  Arabi studied Business at Ain Shams University and has a diploma in Computer Science from The American University in Cairo.