Beginner's Short Course

When you study this practical language course in Arabic you gain confidence and become enabled to communicate simply in everyday situations. You will acquire the confidence in the Arabic language to deal with the basics. This study will enable you to more deeply enjoy your Middle-Eastern experience.

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Spring courses

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Wed 6:30-8:30pm

05/10/16 – 07/12/16



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Course overview

Prior knowledge and skills

This course is for learners with minimal or no knowledge of Arabic.

Proficiency level

The content of this course corresponds approximately to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course aim

At the end of the course learners should be able to perform basic tasks such as exchanging greetings, asking simple questions, reading and writing basic sentences. The course also aims to enable learners to develop an appreciation of cultural diversity.

Course details

Set textbook: Arabic Phrasebook & CD. Berlitz (ISBN 9781780044002).

  • IML strongly recommends the use of dictionaries, which exist in a variety of printed, online and electronic formats. Tutors may recommend a dictionary at the commencement of the course.
  • Each topic includes relevant social and cultural information
  • Additional tasks and resources will be provided in class.
  • The IML library located on level 1 in the Joyce Ackroyd Building also has books, magazines, kits, CDs, DVDs and videos for loan to IML students.


Language is learned best with maximum contact and usage. Home exercises will be designed for revision and consolidation of each course segment. Revision is most effective when undertaken regularly in short sessions.


There is no assessment for this course. A certificate of attendance is available upon request for students not undertaking assessment who have attended at least 75% of the course.

Further study options

Learners who wish to pursue further studies of this language can enrol in any of the IML Arabic Level 1 Courses.

Course content

Functions Language Structures
Introductions and greetings
  • Introducing oneself
  • Asking about/providing personal information
  • Verbs: present tense
  • Grammar basics
Making friends
  • Exchanging personal information
  • Pronunciation
  • Absence of verb 'to be'
  • Asking/telling names
  • Asking/giving personal details
  • Prepositions and their importance in making up a sentence
  • ى- في ('in’, ‘on’) etc
The Arabic Alphabet
  • Practising pronunciation of difficult and different sounds to the English phonetic alphabet
  • Writing your names and the names of pets or family members
  • The different sounds that are not used in the English language
Arabic numbers
  • Counting
  • Identifying, giving and writing phone numbers
  • Providing and writing addresses
  • Telling the time and days of the week
  • Numerals
  • The sounds of the different numbers
  • Asking questions
  • Arabic sentence structure
  • The use of/simple conjugation of verbs
Finding the way
  • Ordering a taxi
  • Asking for directions
  • Following and giving directions
  • Expressions for 'May I?'
Eating out
  • Identifying food and drinks
  • Ordering food and drinks
  • Following and giving directions
  • Question words
  • Adjectives
Shopping: souvenirs, clothing and colours
  • Asking for clothes or souvenirs
  • Inquiring about quantities
  • Inquiring about price
  • Asking about/describing peoples' clothes, appearance and colours
  • Colours
  • Quantity identifiers