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Arabic Taster Courses

Enrolment for this course is now closed and details for summer 2018 will be added nearer the time


Absolute Beginners, knowing virtually nothing about the language.


The course aims at learners who have no background in the Arabic language and who would like to develop their basic knowledge in the four communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as the basic functions and grammatical structures of Arabic.

Course Book

No book needed, as the tutor will provide the materials required.

Class Schedule





  • Introduction to the sound and alphabet system of Arabic
  • Greetings and introductions.
  • Asking questions and getting information.
  • Talking about yourself and family members.
  • Countries and nationalities.
  • Describing things and places
  • Colours and numbers
  • Shopping for food, clothes and jewellery items.
  • Going out: food and drinks
  • Means of transport
  • Telling the time, days of the week and months of the year.
  • Talking about daily routine.
  • Describing past events


  • Personal pronouns
  • Gender
  • The possessive or attached pronouns
  • The nominal sentence
  • The definite article
  • Nouns and adjectives sentence structure
  • 'Yes' and 'No' questions
  • Prepositions
  • Idafa Structure
  • The verbal sentence: present tense (patterns I & II)
  • The verbal sentence: past tense (patterns I &II)

Learning Outcomes

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

Understand the sound and alphabet systems of Arabic particularly those sounds peculiar to the language.

Communicate in the basic daily, predictable contexts mentioned above.

Read simple basic texts around the same predictable contexts.

Compose simple written texts (40-60) words about various daily contexts e.g. family, likes and dislikes, daily routine, etc.)

Understand at a basic level how Arabic functions and utilising this tool to develop their creative communication skills.