Arabic 1: Beginners


This interactive course provides an introduction to the language and culture of the Arabic-speaking countries. It is for complete beginners as well as those who have learnt some Arabic expressions and phrases through travel or socialising.

The course content is equivalent to level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The topics and grammar knowledge will enable students to communicate in a basic range of everyday situations relating to personal needs, and the cultural information will help understand simple references to the most common aspects of the culture and everyday life in the countries where Arabic is spoken. 

The class activities will focus on listening, speaking and the exploration of culture; and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time. There will be plenty of opportunities to interact in the target language, leading to the development of the four language skills as well as learning basic grammar structures.

Programme details

Course starts: 22 Sept 2021

Week 0: An Introduction to Teams – Course orientation

Week 1:   Arabic alphabet; greetings, farewells & introductions

Week 2:   Introducing oneself and others

Week 3:   The family

Week 4:   Jobs and occupations

Week 5:   Describing things and people

Week 6:   Classroom language

Week 7:   Objects, places and locations

Week 8:   Around the town: places and directions

Week 9:   Countries, nationalities and people

Week 10:  Revision/consolidation


Course reconvenes: 26 Jan 2022

Week 11:  At the market: shopping and counting

Week 12:  Arranging a party

Week 13:  Describing past activities

Week 14:  Sightseeing and the weather

Week 15:  Holidaying abroad

Week 16:  Everyday activities

Week 17:  Daily routine and present activities

Week 18:  Comparing things and people

Week 19:  Future plans

Week 20:  Revision/consolidation


Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.


Description Costs
Course Fee £385.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


Mr Tareef Howe

Tareef has a BA in International Business from Jordan and holds two Masters degrees. One in Muslims, Globalisation and the West from the University of Aberdeen, and a second in Risk Management (With Distinction) from Glasgow Caledonian University. Tareef has a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and has extensive experience teaching Arabic Literature in Saudi Arabia.

Tareef is passionate about teaching Arabic as a foreign language. He uses a communicative approach in the classroom and focuses on learners’ needs to foster an effective learning environment. He has been teaching Modern Standard Arabic at various levels and contexts, including media and business, as well as Levantine Arabic.

Course aims

The course aims to provide students with little or no previous knowledge of Arabic an introduction to simple everyday language and culture of the Arabic-speaking countries.

Course Objectives

  • To develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for simple interaction in Arabic
  • To equip students with basic information about the culture and daily life of the Arabic-speaking countries.
  • To familiarize students with basic vocabulary and grammar structures to understand simple short Arabic texts such as notices and adverts

Teaching methods

This course will consist of a weekly, one-hour pre-recorded lecture to be viewed by students in preparation for the once weekly tutor-led live session at the time advertised.

The real time interaction will focus on listening, speaking, grammar and the exploration of culture, and students will be encouraged to practise reading and writing skills in their own time.

Class activities, exercises, and tasks will be conducted in the target language. English will be the medium of instruction and may be used to explain new concepts, vocabulary items, grammar rules, or the methodology behind an activity.

To benefit from the course, regular preparation in advance of the class is required. In addition to the course textbook(s), there will be some additional learning resources for self-study and consolidation.Students will be encouraged to participate and have fun.

Learning outcomes

The following are brief indicators of what students should be able to do in each of the skills

Speaking (S), Listening (L), Reading (R), and Writing (W) by the end of the individual stages:


S - Participate in simple everyday conversation made up of familiar language

L - Understand simple messages and conversations

R - Obtain specific information from simple written texts

W - Produce simple short texts using limited structures and vocabulary items

Assessment methods

Most tutors will set weekly assignments to consolidate learning and allow students to study at their own pace. Some of these assignments, which may include testing listening and speaking skills, will count towards formally assessing the students' progress.

In general, students are required to submit for assessment a variety of exercises and/or shorter pieces of work. They will also have the opportunity to complete one or more optional tasks to benefit from tutor feedback.

Credits gained from the successful completion of this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher education in other subjects.

Due to the continuous assessment required for language classes, students must submit one completed Declaration of Authorship form per term. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form - Declaration of Authorship form


We will close for enrolments 7 days prior to the start date to allow us to complete the course set up. We will email you at that time (7 days before the course begins) with further information and joining instructions. As always, students will want to check spam and junk folders during this period to ensure that these emails are received.

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

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