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Arabic Intermediate (Year 3) Short Course

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Move to a higher level of language proficiency with our Arabic Intermediate short course. The course comprises three parts set at progressive levels over one year.

Why choose this course?

This Intermediate Arabic course is the follow-up to Arabic Lower Intermediate Year 2. 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 Intermediate course is perfectly suited to those looking to consolidate and further their skills and knowledge.

The full course is made up of three 10-week modules – part 1, part 2 and part 3. Enrol on the full syllabus (parts 1-3) to gain a complete knowledge of intermediate Arabic at the best price. Our teaching takes place one evening a week, ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.

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 intermediate short course covers various subjects such as: work scheduling, reading newspapers, describing neighbourhood, businesses and their locations, living in Arabic speaking countries, discussing the medias, sports and food, expressing preference and frequency, 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 Intermediate short course is ideal if you have:

  • successfully completed the Arabic Lower Intermediate (Year 2) short course
  • approximately 120 hours of prior formal study
  • a rusty (but good) Arabic GCSE.

Please check your level using our online guidelines before enrolling.

The Arabic Intermediate course is taught at progressive levels starting with part 1 in October. We only advise joining part 2 or part 3 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?

Part 1


  • Moving and renting apartment in Arab Countries, ‎
  • Describing floor plans, house fixture, and furniture,‎
  • Describing neighbourhood business and their locations,‎
  • Giving specific direction
  • Using terms of address in writing communication
  • Addressing the person property ‎
  • Learn and apply descriptive writing ‎
  • Discussing food
  • Discussing sport ‎‎
  • Describing countries, population and products
  • Describing geographical direction and features ‎
  • Describing events (television and radio programs…)‎

Grammar in context

  • Expressing intention-using verb I want + present verb (rule) أريد أن+ مضارع منصوب = يُريد أحمد أنْ ينتقلَ
  • Use of verb to express preference    أحب أن and    أعجب أن
  • Noun of instruments
  • Deep into prepositions: relational Concept
  • Adverbs of time and verbs
  • Negating future time with لنْ
  • Using restrictive relative nouns  الذي – الّتي- الّذين
  • Use of non- restrictive relative nouns  عمّا - مِمّا
  • Revisiting possessive إضافة
  • Learn and apply habitual and progressive past
  • Learn and apply comparative nouns with double consonants
  • Week verbs revisiting
  • Introduction to noun (both of)  كلتا    and‎    كلا
  • Expressing exception with إلا   and   غَير
  • Expressing obligation with  على...أن
  • Learn and apply structure of لم يعد    ( no longer )
  • Learn and apply the noun بِضع    ( a few)
  • Learn and apply ‎particle  قد

Part 2


  • Describing work and professions
  • Describing travel-related activities
  • Revisiting family members and relation
  • Introduction to Media Arabic (announcement and advertisements)
  • Learning to identify meaning of Arabic signs and billboards
  • Learning about Arabic culture

Grammar in context

  • Introduction to particle ف&  (so)
  • Introduction to per mutative noun   البدل
  • More to particle إنْ
  • Using terms of address أبو
  • Expressing reason with كي  لِ
  • Revisiting verbal noun
  • Introduction to conditional sentences إذا
  • Revisiting imperative, verbal noun, active and passive participle, multi idafa

Part 3

Topics covered

  • Describing yourself and others, expressing your hobbies, like and dislike.
  • Written recipes and describing food
  • Giving and receiving instruction
  • Culture - introduction to Arabic musical instruments and pastimes

Grammatical structures

  • Expressing wishes لو
  • Use of  لو كان لدي
  • Revisiting كان وأخواتها
  • Expressing obligation يجب أن
  • Learn about descriptive idafa الإضافة الغير حقيقية



Prerequisite knowledge

The Arabic Intermediate short course is ideal if you have:

  • successfully completed the Arabic Lower Intermediate (Year 2) short course
  • approximately 120 hours of prior formal study
  • a rusty (but good) Arabic GCSE.

Modules are taught at progressive levels, starting with part 1 in the autumn (October).

If you wish to join part 2 of Arabic Intermediate short course (starting January) or part 3 (starting April/May), you must have completed the previous modules or be familiar with the content taught therein, as described 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

Part 1 & 2

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

Part 3

ISBN: 978-0-300-17877-7

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.