Level 1A+B

Ahlan Brisbane! Learn to speak Arabic, read Arabic and write the Arabic language with enjoyment at the IML. You will study introductory grammatical structure and the written form of the modern Arabic literary language in this Arabic language course. In your classes, you will learn how to introduce yourself and talk about your family, profession and home town. The IML will help you learn Arabic as it is found today in newspapers, magazines, books, public speaking and on Arabic radio.

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Semester 2 courses

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Wed 6:30-9pm

27/07/16 – 07/12/16



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Course overview

Prior knowledge and skills

This course is for learners with little or no knowledge of the Arabic Language.

Proficiency level

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

Course aim

At the end of the course learners should be able to communicate on a basic level with Arabic speakers in Australia or as visitors in Arabic-speaking communities abroad, and have an increased understanding of Arabic people, their way of life and your appreciation of cultural diversity. The curriculum is designed to provide learning experiences based on real life situations.

Course details

Set textbook: Wightwick, J. & Gaafar, M. 3rd ed. Mastering Arabic 1 Book and CD pack and Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book. Palgrave. (ISBN: 9781137380456 & 9781137372260). Units 1-10

Recommended: 3rd ed. Mastering Arabic Grammar. (ISBN: 9781403941091)

  • 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.


Assessment is optional at the end of the full year course or equivalent. Listening and Speaking skills are assessed throughout the course. An examination to assess Reading and Writing competencies is held at the end of the course and a statement of attainment is then issued. 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 2 courses.

Course content

Semester 1

Language Functions Language Structures
Getting Started
Unit 1
  • Introduction to Arabic
  • Greeting
  • Introduction to the alphabet
  • Focus on the first group of letters
  • Introduction to 3 short vowels
  • First person: 'I'
Unit 2
  • Performing simple introductions
  • Focus on the second group of letters
  • Joining letters
  • Introducing gender
  • Second person: 'you'
Unit 3
  • Introducing your family
  • Identifying and asking about people and things
  • Focus on the third group of letters
  • Introducing: 'my' and simple possession
  • Introducing third person singular: 'he'/'she'
  • Interrogatives: 'what' and 'who'
  • Demonstratives: 'this'
Unit 4
  • Talking about professions
  • Identifying and asking about places
  • Focus on the fourth group of letters
  • Introducing: 'your'
  • Introducing first person plural: 'we'
  • Introducing third person plural: 'they'
  • Sound: masculine and feminine plural forms
  • Interrogatives: 'where'
  • Introducing: case endings/nominative
Unit 5
  • Asking and identifying belongings
  • Affirming and negating statements
  • Requesting goods
  • Describing things
  • Talking about likes and dislikes
  • Focus on the fifth group of letters
  • Introducing: 'his' and 'her'
  • Possessive endings
  • Introducing the definite article
  • Introducing: 'May I have'/'I want...'
  • Introducing negatives: 'I don't want'
  • Introducing: 'I love'/'I don't love'

Semester 2

Language Functions Language Structures
Unit 6
  • Asking for locations
  • Talking about one's room
  • Basic prepositions and adverbs of place
  • Pronunciation focus: sun letters
  • Introducing: Hamza
  • Interrogatives: 'Yes/No' particle
  • Introducing: case endings: genitive
Describing places
Unit 7
  • Describing one's town and city
  • Identifying and asking about places and things
  • More adverbs of place
  • Using: 'There is/there isn't...'; 'but'
  • Idafa constructions
  • Collective plurals/group words
  • More on case endings: genitive
Countries and people
Unit 8
  • Talking about nationalities
  • Describing geographical position
  • Introducing: Nisba adjectives
  • Plurals of Nisba adjectives
Unit 9
  • Counting things
  • Shopping at a market
  • Focus on numbers 1-10 spelling and rules
  • Numerals
  • Introducing the dual form
  • Interrogatives: 'how much/many'
  • Introducing the forms of 'to have'
  • Introducing the accusative case