What is the course about?
To enable you to converse in basic everyday situations in Arabic and to introduce you to the written forms of the language.
What will we cover?
Topics: Numbers, days of the week, the weather, telling the time, directions, ordering drinks and food, daily routine, comparing past and present.
Grammar: Forms of the verbs, past tenses, prepositions, plurals, word order.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Converse in Arabic using simple structures
- Use numbers up to 100
- Talk about the weather
- Use the past tense
- Tell the time
- Order in a restaurant
- Talk about your daily routine
- Compare past and present
- Read basic sentences and write in Arabic.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for students who have attended Arabic beginners modules 1 and 2 or who have an equivalent knowledge of the language.
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?
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 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 2 lower: module 1 in September.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details