Arabic beginners: module 1

Course Dates: 23/01/20 - 26/03/20
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy

Learn to speak, understand, read and write Modern Standard Arabic on this lively course, which also refers to other Arabic dialects. Suitable for complete beginners.


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.

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 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?

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?

Textbook: Mastering Arabic 1 (Palgrave) 3RD EDITION ONLY, tutor's handouts
Please try: The European Bookshop (020 7734 5259) or Grant and Cutler at Foyles (020 7440 3248).

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

Arabic beginners: module 2.
Arabic writing (LAW1111)
Please enrol as soon as possible as places cannot be guaranteed.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Love this course - The tutor is an active and fun teacher and brings the course content to life. I intend to enrol onto the next module :)
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Review by Maria / (Posted on 27/11/2019)
Do this course. You will love it.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
This course is a great introduction to the Arabic language, and works really well as a refresher for anyone who studied in the past.
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Review by Layla / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
this course helps you getting started with the knowledge of Arabic and being able to continue in the learning path. Learning a new language is like being able to see the world with the eyes of a different culture
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Review by Sceccu / (Posted on 21/03/2019)
turn up regularly, participate in the activities and do the homework
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/12/2018)
Interesting course but quite disappointing as not enough people attend or sign on to progress toward Level 2.
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Review by Mounir / (Posted on 11/08/2018)
Did this course at Keeley St, Thursday evenings, a lively course and experience. A very popular class, not sure whether it was the course or the tutor, or both, but we were bursting to the seams, and could have done with a bigger class room from City Lit.

Suggestions for City Lit - Please provide a bigger class room, the course is good as is obviously demonstrated by the attendance, but we need more space.

Suggestions for students - make sure you don't miss any class and do all the homework, its fast paced, a tough language and easy to fall behind if you miss even a single class or homework.

City Lit - Syllabus - Suggestion - We need reinforcement of the language, particularly a difficult one like this, and a facilitated conversation practice with City Lit's partners teaching English to foreign students might benefit everyone.
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Review by Josh / (Posted on 03/04/2017)
Tutor Biographies
Micheline Antonian

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.

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Course Code: LA113

Thu, eve, 23 Jan - 26 Mar '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

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