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"Learn Arabic, it will sharpen your wisdom."  — Umar ibn Al-Khattab

At a Glance

  • Live online course
  • Various levels
  • 2 hours a week
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: April to June
  • Fees from £120 to £205
  • Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
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Learning a new language, or building up on existing skills, is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. Not only does it open up new possibilities for travel and employment, but it can lead to new insights into cultures from all over the world.

Learning a language is enjoyable too, with new friendships formed at our classes bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in the language you are studying.

With our expert tutor on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.

Each course is taught online over 10 weeks consisting of one 2-hour session each week.

Arabic Evening Classes Timetable
MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays
18:00 - 20:00 -- 18:00 - 20:00 --
Arabic Beginners
Souad Baameur
Online course
  Arabic Improvers
Sherifa Khairy
Online course
 
Arabic classes timetable

Online Access to Course

This is a taught live online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course Delivery'.

Attendance Certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

Course Descriptions

Beginners

Arabic revThis 10-week Beginners course aims to develop students’ language competence for basic communicative purposes. It is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who have acquired some expressions through socializing or travel. The lexical repertoire and grammar structures will enable students to interact in a basic range of everyday situations. Through the study of language, students will gain an insight into the culture of the Arab World. The variety taught on this course is the Modern Standard Arabic.

The teaching method is interactive. Students will be encouraged to participate in the activities to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and basic writing.

By the end of the course, students will have partially achieved A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Below is an indicative list of the topics covered during the course:

  • Greeting others and introductions;
  • The family;
  • Jobs/professions and places of work;
  • Everyday objects and locations;
  • The town and directions;
  • Countries and nationalities;
  • Food shopping and numbers;
  • Ordering food and drinks at the restaurant.

Improvers

Arabic revThis 10-week Improvers course aims to consolidate the Arabic language skills of students who have recently completed a Beginners course at Imperial College or elsewhere (A1 level of the Common European Framework).

The teaching method is interactive, and cultural aspects relating to the Arab world will be injected through various activities. The variety taught on this course is the Modern Standard Arabic, and students will be encouraged to work collaboratively and communicate in the target language. The class is expected to attract students from different learning backgrounds and mixed abilities. By the end of the course, students should be able to interact in simple everyday Arabic in a variety of situations.

The course will review some of the grammar structures from the Beginner course, e.g.: the possessive pronouns, interrogative particles, plural forms, the sound and broken plural forms, numbers, the past tense, telling time and the present tense.

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

  • Introduce themselves and others and talk about their family and friends;
  • Ask for and understand directions;
  • Describe the weather and seasons;
  • Book a table in a restaurant, order and pay for food and drink;
  • Talk about education and profession;
  • Describe daily activities;
  • Request and give information;
  • Read simple notes, emails, menus, advertisements and short texts.

Additional topics may be included, depending on the group’s prior learning and pace.

Course Information

Course Materials

Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course. Progress through the course and textbook will depend on the group dynamics of the class.

Arabic Beginners

The course textbook will be Mastering Arabic 1, 3rd Edition, Palgrave 2015 with CDs

Arabic Improvers

The course will be based on the textbook (and DVD) ‘Arabiyyat Al-Naas, Part 1, Routledge (2013)

Arabic Improvers textbook

Level advice

Choosing the right language level is very important and we aim to make the process of deciding which is the right course level for you as simple as possible.

If you have some experience in the language please first review our course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. Especially if you are out of practice in a language or have been out of formal education for a while please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment.

For course-level advice please contact our Arabic Coordinator: Dr Mashail Ali, mashail.ali@imperial.ac.uk

Your Tutor

All tutors on our language programmes are native speakers with a great deal of experience in teaching languages to beginners and the more advanced. Tutor contact details are provided in the programme pack which will be emailed to you just prior to the start of term.

For any questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications please contact our Arabic Coordinator: Dr Mashail Alimashail.ali@imperial.ac.uk

Course Delivery

All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.

All times stated are British Standard Time.

To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.

Microsoft Teams

This course will use Teams as its online delivery method. Teams is easy to use. You will need to log into your existing Teams account or, alternatively, please create a free account hereNear the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a Teams web link that will allow you to access the course. All you need do is click on the course link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class. Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.

All courses lasting two hours have a 10 minute break in the middle.  For one hour courses there is no break.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £205 £120 £160
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course     Please note there is no early-bird discount available for the April intake courses

Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • South London Botanical Institute Members
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the Kennel Club

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  10 n/a n/a w/c 26 Apr - w/e 4 Jul 2021 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March 2021

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications are sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms payment, payment date, order number and course title
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment confirmation which is only sent later
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of March. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-onfirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Any Questions?

  • Questions regarding the content and teaching of these courses should be sent to the Arabic Coordinator, Dr Mashail Alimashail.ali@imperial.ac.uk
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk