Arabic: Beginners - Part 2


This 10-week course is pitched at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and completion of the course will help you meet the level requirements. To help develop your fluency in the language, the course will focus primarily on speaking and listening skills, but will also include practice in reading and writing. You will have plenty of opportunities to practise the target language through hands-on class activities such as conversations and role-plays.

Programme details

Course starts: 24 Jan 2024

The weekly course schedule below is intended to give an overview of the main topic(s) likely to be covered in each session. Please note that these may sometimes change according to the tutor’s discretion to reflect the interests of course participants.

Week 1: At the market: shopping, counting and making payment

Week 2: Arranging a party

Week 3: Narrating past activities

Week 4: Sightseeing and the weather

Week 5: Holidaying abroad

Week 6: Everyday activities and routines

Week 7: More about daily routine and activities

Week 8: Comparing things and people

Week 9: Future plans

Week 10: Revision/consolidation

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course, but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.

During the course, you will develop your communicative language skills through consideration of the following: 

Key functions:

  • Talking about countries and nationalities
  • Using numbers to provide basic information
  • Making simple requests
  • Ordering food and drink in a restaurant
  • Narrating past events 
  • Describing the weather
  • Telling the time

Key grammar:

  • Iḍāfah structure
  • The sound masculine and feminine plurals 
  • Adjectives 
  • Broken plural patterns
  • The Dual
  • Plural with numbers
  • How much? How many?
  • Forming questions
  • The past tense


Students who attend a minimum of 70% of classes will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


Description Costs
Course Fee £251.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit, you are a full-time student in the UK or a student on a low income, you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees. Please see the below link for full details:

Concessionary fees for short courses


Mr Tareef Howe

Tareef obtained a BA in International Business from Jordan and 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 completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. 

Tareef is passionate about teaching Arabic as a foreign language and uses a communicative approach in the classroom. He has been teaching Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Arabic at various levels in different  contexts, including media and business. 

Course aims

To enable you to communicate at a basic level with speakers of the target language in a limited range of practical, real-life settings.

Course objectives:

  • To help learners' to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for basic everyday communication in the target language.
  • To help learners' to consolidate their listening comprehension skills to understand the gist of very short, basic written texts and audio excerpts.
  • To enable learners' to use high frequency vocabulary and grammar structures for basic routine communication.
  • To equip learners' with an appreciation of the culture and civilisation of the country (or countries) in which the target language is spoken.

Teaching methods

You will learn through a communicative teaching approach with the emphasis on actively engaging in classroom activities in the target language. These are likely to include role-plays, pair- and small group-work, and conversational practice conducted in a supportive, friendly and informal learning environment.

The course has been structured to help you primarily to improve your speaking and listening skills and to develop a basic level of intercultural awareness in the context of social communication. You will also learn and practise new grammatical structures and will be encouraged to develop your reading and writing skills in your own time.

Learning outcomes

By the end of your course, learners will be able to:

  • interact in a simple way using a basic range of language in routine everyday contexts;
  • understand and respond to basic spoken or recorded language relating to very familiar everyday situations;
  • demonstrate comprehension of very short, simple texts containing high frequency vocabulary and basic grammar structures; 
  • write very short texts to provide basic personal information or simple descriptions.    

Assessment methods

You will be set short, optional assignments to consolidate your learning and to allow you to progress at your own pace.


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an enrolment form (Word) or enrolment form (Pdf).

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