Level 1B

Ahlan Brisbane! Learn Arabic with experienced and dynamic tutors in interactive classes. The Level 1B course is designed for learners who are able to perform basic tasks such as exchanging greetings and asking simple questions. If you already have a basic knowledge of the Arabic alphabet and know how to describe your family and profession in Arabic, then this is the right course for you. Learn Arabic at IML with a curriculum based on real life situations.

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Lesson availability

Semester 2 courses

Available courses


Total Contact Hours



Mon 7-9pm

25/07/16 – 24/10/16



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Thu 7-9pm

28/07/16 – 20/10/16



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Course overview

Prior knowledge and skills

This course is for learners who have completed semester 1 of IML’s Arabic Level 1 year long course or have equivalent past experience.

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).

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

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