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Arabic 1 (LL131)



Absolute Beginner. Please note, final year students are not normally permitted to take non-accelerated beginners modules.Also, students with certificate in Arabic such as GCSE will not be permitted.

Main Objectives:

- to enable students to develop competence in a range of predictable everyday tasks;
- to begin to develop strategies for language learning;
- to achieve A1 and to work towards A2 standard of the CEFR (Common European Framework of reference)


This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.


3 hours language class each week for 21 weeks.
Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required.


Mohammed Dayoub

Course Books (must be bought by students)

  • Mastering Arabic Book by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar: ISBN 978-1-137-38044-9
  • CD- Pack: ISBN 9781137380432
  • Book and CD pack: ISBN 978-1-137-38045-6
  • Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book; ISBN 978-1-137-37226-0
Additional Material (Recommended)
  • Mastering Arabic Grammar by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar ISNB 978-1-4039-4109-1
  • Internet interactive material supplied by teacher.
  • Teacher's handouts.
  • Moodle (online supplementary material for independent learning)

Course Description

  • Students will develop through practice basic reading and writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • Students will acquire a grounding in essential grammar and gain an insight into Arabic society.
  • The module is suitable for learners with no background in Arabic or for those with some background knowledge of few basic phrases and the alphabet.
  • Successful completion of Arabic 1 qualifies students to progress to Arabic 2.
  • Students with certificate in Arabic such as GCSE will not be permitted.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • Develop strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • Gain an insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
  • Understand short texts in the target language, dealing with everyday material
  • Interact in simple way , and ask and answer questions on familiar topics
  • Write short simple texts, including personal details



  • Getting Started: Greetings; letters of the alphabet : group 1 ( ب ت ث ن ي )
  • Introducing yourself: countries and nationalities
  • Putting words together; letters of the alphabet: group 2 ( ا د ذ ر ز و )
  • The family; letters of the alphabet: group 3 ( ج ح خ ه م )
  • Professions; joining letters; letters of the alphabet: group 4 ( س ش ص ض )
  • Describing things: letters of the alphabet: group 5 ( ف ق ك ل )
  • Polite requests; using public transport
  • Where is it? Letters of the alphabet: group 6 ( ط ظ ع غ )
  • Asking for and giving directions; describing places
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Counting things: In the market; shopping for food
  • Going Shopping: understanding prices, weights and measurements
  • Colours: shopping for clothes
  • Going out: ordering food and drink
  • Telling the time
  • Days of the week; months of the year
  • Describing your daily routine
  • Comparatives and Superlataives
  • Future plans


  • Short and long vowels: Fathah, Dammah and Kasrah
  • length phenomenon: vowels and consonants
  • Tanween, Shadda and Sukuun
  • Sun and Moon letters
  • Special Arabic Sounds


  • Gender
  • Personal pronouns
  • Attached pronouns
  • Nominal sentences
  • The definite article
  • Nouns and adjectives
  • 'Yes' and 'No' questions and other interrogatives.
  • Prepositions
  • Idafa structure
  • Verb patterns: present tense
  • Verb patterns: past tense


  • Listening, speaking, reading and writing.