Level 3

Arabic Level 3 consolidates your learning from Levels 1 and 2 while expanding on it through the introduction of new linguistic structures. Following from the successful Mastering Arabic Book 1, the Mastering Arabic Book 2 assists learners further develop their literacy but also expands conversational skills significantly through a focus on dialects from various Arab regions (Egypt, Saudi, Syria, Morocco) and authentic listening and speaking activities.

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Course overview

Prior knowledge and skills

This course is designed for learners who have already achieved some knowledge of Arabic language but wish to develop it further. Learners should already be able to read and write Arabic script, and engage in simple conversations.

Proficiency level

The content of this course corresponds approximately to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course aim

Through this course, learners should develop advanced skills for everyday use in conversation, understanding, reading and writing, and continue to develop socio-cultural knowledge. During the course they should be able to converse with increasing fluency. With the help of a dictionary they should be able to read and compose a standard business letter or resume.

Course details

Set textbook: Wightwick, J. & Gaafar, M. Mastering Arabic 2 Book and CD pack ISBN: 9780230220867

Recommended: Mastering Arabic Grammar. Palgrave, ISBN: 978140394109 (Units 1-6).

  • 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

A course in a higher level of this language is not currently offered. Learners wishing to pursue further studies can send an expression of interest to iml@uq.edu.au.

Course content

Semester 1

Language Functions Language Structures
Myself and others
Unit 1
  • Greetings (review)
  • Talking about oneself
  • Asking about nationality and origin
  • Exchanging addresses
  • Extending family vocabulary
  • Talking/asking about childhood, character and appearance
  • Interrogatives: revision of all question particles
  • Using the passive verb: 'was born in' and conjugations
  • Using the verb 'was' and its conjugations
  • Using complicated¬†Idafa¬†constructions
  • Focus on the grammar of: 'father/brother/father-in-law'
  • Revision of pronouns and possessive endings
  • Improving written Arabic: introducing 'indeed' and 'but
  • Using 'in the year of'
  • Particulars of the Egyptian dialect
House and home
Unit 2
  • Identifying buildings
  • Asking/talking about rooms
  • Describing one's residence and furniture
  • Using the structure 'it can be found' and conjugations
  • Using the structure 'it comprises of' and conjugations
  • Using the structure 'it looks out on' and conjugations
  • Introducing 'as for/therefore'
  • Revision of plurals: sound/broken and collective
  • Plural adjectives
  • Particulars of the Saudi Arabian dialect
Work and routine
Unit 3
  • Asking/talking about work
  • Asking/talking about daily routine
  • Asking/talking about housework
  • Writing a short resume
  • Talking about work experience
  • Reading job vacancy adverts
  • Professions in the accusative case
  • Revision of the present tense and conjugations
  • Interrogatives: inquiring about routine and experience
  • Using adverbs of frequency
  • The particulars of the Syrian dialect

Semester 2

Language Functions Language Structures
Sports and leisure
Unit 4
  • Talking about sports
  • Discussing preferences
  • Giving reasons
  • Talking about free time
  • Making outing arrangements
  • Using 'because'
  • Using the structure 'I prefer' and conjugations
  • Using the structure 'I am not interested in' and conjugations
  • Verbal nouns
  • Active and passive participles
  • Particulars of the Moroccan dialect
Travel and tourism
Unit 5
  • Town and modes of transport
  • Directions
  • Travel in the Middle East
  • Writing a travel blog
  • Describing the past
  • Writing a letter of complaint
  • Revision of past tense verbs and conjugations
  • Irregular verbs
  • Using 'did not' and 'didn't you...'
  • The Jussive mood with the past negative
  • Particulars of the Tunisian dialect
Food and cooking
Unit 6
  • Talking about food
  • Grocery shopping and recipes
  • Different measures of quantity
  • Dining and making reservations
  • Revision of verb forms
  • Particulars of the Lebanese dialect