Arabic: an introduction for beginners at the British Museum

Course Dates: 17/01/20 - 07/02/20
Time: 17:30 - 20:15
Location: The British Museum
Nora Allali-Carling

This four-week course, presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, uses British Museum objects related to the Middle East to provide a foundation in the Arabic language. The course will be held in the Studio, Clore Education Centre at the British Museum.


What is the course about?

Learn the basics of Arabic and apply them to objects and inscriptions held at the British Museum.

What will we cover?

The foundations of Arabic. Details of the content and of the objects will be provided at the start of the course by the tutor.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Use numbers to tell the time, days of the week and time periods
-Exchange greetings
-Give and request personal information (name, number, email)
-Talk about countries and nationalities
-Recognise dates and dynasty
-Opening and closing times
-Describing objects
-Locations of different objects (e.g floors, room number, gallery)
-Giving directions
-Discussions of various cultural topics inspired by the objects at the British Museum (Ancient and contemporary civilisations and cultures of the Middle East).

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable if you are a complete beginner.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will combine classroom work with visits each week to the galleries. The classroom-based activities will follow the traditional approach but will aim at a high level of student interaction with pair and group work. Students are expected to participate in the activities and to do homework every week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Resources and handouts will be provided by the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

A progression course at the British Museum or at City Lit. The tutor will be able to advise you.


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Do it - you'll enjoy it and amaze yourself at how much you can do in four short weeks
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Review by Janet / (Posted on 19/10/2019)
A brilliant introduction to Arabic. You'll learn how to read the alphabet - and all the variations - and have lots of opportunities to develop your understanding of how the language works.
The final week includes giving a brief presentation about an object from the British Museum. This seemed impossible in week one, but everyone in the class managed to do it - it was a great achievement!
The tutor is very knowledgeable and friendly - superb experience.
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Review by EPD / (Posted on 14/10/2019)
I did not expect this course to be so much fun and to learn so much in such a short space of time. I loved learning at the British Museum, a really wonderful experience; I wish the course could have been longer!
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Review by AK / (Posted on 11/10/2019)
Great course. Highly recommended for anybody wanting to learn how to read and write in Arabic
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/10/2019)
Don't hesitate! It's a really good course and I never expected to get such a solid introduction to Arabic. The tutor's explanations are clear- she is an excellent teacher. And don't forget to do your homework, it really helps!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 01/09/2019)
Well worth attending as you could well surprise yourself at how much is possible if, like me, you are a complete beginner! You'll be able to read, speak and write simple phrases in Arabic by the end of the four weeks. Amazing!
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Review by A really worthwhile four weeks! / (Posted on 02/06/2019)
An amazing introductory Arabic course where you will be exposed to many Arabic words and core basic knowledge such as the alphabet and numbers (including telling the time). However, be prepared for self study outside the course as this is how you will feel prepared for the next class as information is built on top.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/04/2019)
This is the best course I have ever taken. Bar none. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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Review by emma6 / (Posted on 12/04/2019)
Go for it!
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Review by Andrew W / (Posted on 27/02/2019)
I recommended this course it is really helpful and useful.It would be better if you look Arabic letters before.If not, no problem she teaches very patiently.
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Review by Mines / (Posted on 25/02/2019)
Don't think about it, enroll now! It is very interesting, and you will be surprised to see how much you will be able to speak, write and read in Arabic in just 4 weeks!
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Review by A Roscheck / (Posted on 18/02/2019)
This course does exactly what it says on the tin. It offers an introduction to Arabic in which you learn to read and write and speak basic Arabic in a really friendly environment.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/02/2019)
Learning Arabic as a complete beginner has been challenging but enjoyable. The lessons have been fun, the tutor and students are friendly. I strongly recommend this course.
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Review by Judy / (Posted on 15/02/2019)
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Course Code: LBMA3

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Fri, eve, 17 Jan - 07 Feb '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

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