Arabic course descriptions

Beginners

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course books before the start of the course.

This Beginners course provides an introduction to the Arabic script, everyday vocabulary, the basic grammar structures of the language and the Arab culture. By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in Arabic on simple everyday topics.

During the first few weeks of the course the Arabic script is introduced. The emphasis of the course is on developing the students’ communicative ability in a range of situations. Some reading and writing skills are then practised and extended throughout the course. The basic elements of Arabic grammar are introduced to enable students to understand the structure of the language.

Right from the beginning and throughout the course, the Educated Spoken Arabic is used when practising oral skills. The emphasis this year will be on enhancing the oral as well as the reading skills of the students.

By the end of the course, students should be able to read the Arabic script, have some writing skills and be able to:

  • greet one another; introduce themselves and one another, provide some basic information about themselves and the members of their family;
  • read numbers and be able to count in Arabic, know the days of the week and the months of the year;
  • ask and give directions;
  • order a meal in a restaurant and read a basic menu;
  • know the basic geography of the Middle East, the names of Arab countries, their main cities and locations;
  • gain some cultural knowledge of the Middle East;
  • describe things and people.

The course book used is Mastering Arabic by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, in the Macmillan Master series, Second edition 2007 (published by Palgrave Macmillan). The book is accompanied by a set of two audio CDs which students are encouraged to listen to outside of lesson time. Students will also be encouraged to consult Read and Speak Arabic by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, GW Chinnor (2004) for conversation work.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the Arabic Coordinator, Dr Mashail Ali, mashail.ali@imperial.ac.uk.

Enrolment infos

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.

Lower Intermediate

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Students are advised NOT to buy the course books before the start of the course.

This Lower Intermediate course is for students who have some basic knowledge of Arabic that is equivalent to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference, have completed our Beginners course, or equivalent learning experience.

The course aims to further develop the students’ skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a range of predictable situations and familiarize them with some simple grammar structures. The course materials will also broaden the students’ understanding of the culture and daily life in the countries where the language is spoken. The focus of the class activities is on improving the communicative skills through role-plays, discussions and practical tasks.

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate on a variety of topics in a range of situations, such as:

  • family, relations and friends;
  • talking about the self and others;
  • the weather and seasons;
  • expressing likes and dislikes;
  • travel and entertainment;
  • work and daily routine;
  • past and present activities;
  • hobbies and interests;
  • education, study and work;
  • career choices;
  • current affairs;
  • advertisements;
  • city life and the environment.

The course textbook is Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya (with DVDs). A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One, 3rd edition, by Kristen Brustad et al (Georgetown University Press), chapters 2-7.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the Arabic Coordinator, Dr Mashail Ali, mashail.ali@imperial.ac.uk.

Enrolment infos

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.