Arabic beginners: module 1
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Please note: we are offering an online Arabic taster class in December: Arabic superstitions (course code LXDA1) if you would like to try out Arabic before you enrol.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: LA113
Available start dates
Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will enable you to converse in basic everyday situations in Arabic and also introduce you to the written form of the language.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Topics: greetings, describing your family, your life and personal information, jobs. Reading & understanding Arabic script.
Grammar: articles "the" and "a"; regular plurals, preposition of places, 'idafa', possessives.
Conjugate the present tense with singular pronouns e.g. "to have", "to live", "to study" ," to work", "to like", " to speak".
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use greetings and introductions
- Use the letters of the alphabet to read and write
- Talk about your family e.g I have a big/small family
- Talk about jobs
- Express your feelings e.g I'm happy/sad
- Describe things using adjectives
- Use verbs in the present with singular pronouns.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for complete beginners. Also suitable for students who have attended a short intensive course in Arabic or have a basic knowledge of the language but who would like to start again from the beginning, consolidate and progress rapidly.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide, or at http://www.citylit.ac.uk/self-assess-your-level. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Our courses are characterised by spoken interaction and communication. Typical activities include pair work, group work, role plays and games. A range of resources will be used to support your learning including presentations, hand-outs, and audio-visual material.
Homework is highly recommended to consolidate learning.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Textbook: Mastering Arabic 1 (Palgrave) 3RD EDITION ONLY, tutor's handouts
Please try: The European Bookshop www.europeanbookshop.com/setbooks (020 7734 5259) or Grant and Cutler at Foyles www.foyles.co.uk/languages (020 7440 3248).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Arabic beginners: module 2.
Please enrol as soon as possible as places cannot be guaranteed.
Micheline Antonian was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt and moved to the UK in the early 1990s. Soon after she worked for 20+ years as the Regional Director, Arab Region, for the largest women's development NGO in the world. She graduated from Westminster University with a Bachelor's degree in Arabic language and holds a TAFL certificate (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language). Her work and frequent travelling have broadened her understanding of cultural contexts, as well as the evolution of spoken Arabic. She became familiar with a wide range of different dialects and has developed an appreciation of the cultural differences between the west and Arab world. The more she learnt, the more she realised that teaching the Arabic language to adults would help them discover and appreicate the Arab cultural richness and diversity. She is passionate in guiding students to the same excitements and discoveries that she had found! Her teaching focuses on developing speaking and communicative skills, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, using different classroom activities, while ensuring each and every student accomplishes the goals they set for themselves.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.