Level 2

Acquire a better understanding of Arabic culture and language through this course. Grammar study will be extended, writing and listening will be advanced and you will be speaking more proficiently in Arabic. Your knowledge of the Middle-Eastern cultures will also be enriched!

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Full year courses

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Mon 7-9pm

14/03/16 – 24/10/16



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Course overview

Prior knowledge and skills

This course is for learners who have language survival skills, can ask simple questions or make brief statements, and can read and write the alphabet in the Arabic script.

Proficiency level

The content of this course corresponds approximately to levels A1-A2 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, have an increased understanding of Arabic people and their way of life, and have a greater 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 11-20.

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 3 courses.

Course content

Semester 1

Language Functions Language Structures
Plurals and colours
Unit 11
  • Requesting and offering goods
  • Describing colours
  • Asking and inquiring
  • Expressing preferences
  • Focus on the Arabic root system
  • Review of sound plurals
  • Introducing broken plurals: patterns 1, 2
  • Demonstratives: human and inanimate
  • Introducing feminine colours
  • Interrogatives: 'which'
  • Introducing: 'all'; 'every'
  • Introducing: 'I prefer'
  • Review of case endings and extending the accusative case
Past events
Unit 12
  • Talking about past events
  • Asking others about what they did
  • Introducing verbs
  • Verbs: past tense singular conjugations
  • Basic sentence structure
  • Interrogatives: 'when/what' (verbs)
  • Introducing: 'then/so/firstly/finally/after that/before that'
  • Introducing: 'with/towards'
  • Using Hans Wehr dictionary
Activities and situations
Unit 13
  • Talking about the weather
  • Describing situations, activities and events
  • Writing notes and postcards
  • Introducing broken plurals: patterns 3, 4
  • Focus on numbers 11-100; spelling and rules
  • Verbs: past tense plural conjugations
Unit 14
  • Organising one's weekly schedule
  • Identifying/asking about schedules
  • Introducing broken plurals: pattern 5
  • Sentence structure (continued)
  • Some Arabic media expressions
  • More on Idafa constructions

Semester 2

Language Functions Language Structures
Unit 16
  • Telling time
  • Using expressions of time
  • Talking about daily routines
  • Talking about education and study
  • Introducing ordinal numbers
  • Interrogatives: 'what's the time?'
  • Verbs: present tense verb conjugations
  • Using 'from...until...'
Eating and drinking
Unit 17
  • Attracting attention
  • Requesting food
  • Paying for goods and services
  • Introducing verb forms: II/III/IV
  • Negating the past tense
  • Negating the present tense
Unit 18
  • Comparing
  • Comparing one's past and present
  • Introducing degrees of comparison: comparative and superlative structures
  • Using constructions with 'since' and conjugations of 'was'
  • Introducing weak verbs
  • Introducing verb forms: V/VI
Future plans
Unit 19
  • Talking about the future
  • Expressing wants, wishes and intentions
  • Introducing future tense and structure
  • Introducing verb forms: VII/VIII