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Arabic Beginners (L11)



You are a complete beginner, knowing virtually nothing of the language.

Main Objectives:

This course is designed to develop students’ learning skills in the basic structure of Arabic, thus enabling the learner to take his or her first steps in understanding and using non-verbal sentences as well as developing the ability to recognise and formulate the letters and move towards the first steps of reading and writing simple words, phrases, sentences and simple paragraphs .

Please read our Can-do Statements (link on the right of this page) to see the competences which you will be working towards and can achieve by the end of the year.


1 x 2 hour class per week plus some independent learning.


Mohammed Dayoub

 Course Texts

  • Mastering Arabic 1 Book by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar ISBN 978-1-137-38044-9
  • CD- Audio ISBN 978-1-137-38043-2
  • Book and CD pack: ISBN 978-1-137-38045-6
  • Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book; ISBN 978-1-137-37226-0

A copy of the coursebook(s) can be purchased from the University Bookshop.

Course Description

Based on a step-by-step approach, the course is divided into learning blocks each of which focuses on practical, useful and manageable language. You will develop cultural awareness of the Arabic speaking world. You will have access to online resources for a more independent learning. Homework tasks will be set each week to consolidate what you have learnt in class.
Please note this page is under review and may be subject to minor changes.



  • 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


  • Gender
  • The possessive or attached pronouns
  • The nominal sentence
  • The definite article
  • Nouns and adjectives
  • 'Yes' and 'No' Interrogatives
  • Personal pronouns
  • Prepositions
  • Idafa Structure
  • Present tense (ptterns I & II)
  • Past tense (patterns I &II)


  • Listening, speaking, reading and writing.