What is the course about?
This course aims to improve your intermediate level competence in all skills so that you can communicate
more effectively and confidently with Arabic speakers.
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?
Festivals and shopping in the Arab world, Western and Islamic calendars, economy and finance, the police and the law, politics and elections.
Grammar: forms of the verbs, construct adjective phrases, word order in verbal sentences, the verbal noun “Masdar” of irregular verbs, relative pronouns, connectors.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the main ideas of extended speech/long texts and follow the lines of argument provided
the topic is reasonably familiar
- Talk about festivals and celebrations in the Arab world
- Ask for information and talk about dates and the different calendars used in Arabic.
- Ask questions in a formal/informal way
- Make a presentation and analyse information by using charts, numbers and tables.
- Be able to participate in a conversation about law, economy and finance.
- Improve your grammar and understand more complex sentences.
- Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with Arabic speakers
- Express opinions, discuss advantages/disadvantages of various options
- Produce texts with a degree of clarity and detail on a range of subjects and experiences.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed Arabic 4 module 1, or studied Arabic for approximately 4-5 years recently or have developed an equivalent competence in the language.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time etc). It would also be useful if you had some knowledge of intermediate grammar terminology.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Chapters 14-17 of Arabiyyat Al-naas Book 2 by Munther Younis and Handa Al-Masri.
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 4: module 3.