Survival Arabic

Survival Arabic

Salam Brisbane! Learn Arabic with experienced and dynamic tutors in interactive classes. This practical course is designed for learners who want to study basic language skills for everyday use. Our classes will enable you to begin to communicate with Arabic speakers and ensure you don’t miss out on the friendliness and humour for which Arabs are famous. Apart from learning greetings and basics, you will also learn about some aspects of Arabic culture.

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Lesson availability

Winter courses

Available courses


Total Contact Hours



Wed 6-8pm

15/06/16 – 20/07/16


$199 This is an early bird discount. Save 15%. Early bird prices end 30/05/16.

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This is an early bird discount. Save 15%. Early bird prices end 30/05/16. This is an early bird discount. Save 15%. Early bird prices end 30/05/16.

Course overview

Prior knowledge and skills

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

Proficiency level

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

Course aims

Learners will develop essential communicative skills with a focus on practical use of the language and incorporating some socio-cultural knowledge.

Course details

Set textbook: Materials will be provided in class.

  • 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.
  • 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

Language Functions
General information about the language: alphabet, script and pronunciation
Introducing self and others
  • Greetings and leave taking
  • Asking/giving some personal details
  • Describing family members and friends
  • Counting
  • Asking/telling time
  • Asking/stating age
  • Asking for/giving phone numbers
  • Asking/telling prices
Tourism and travel
  • Asking/giving basic directions
  • Describing weather
  • Planning and inviting
  • Describing routines and sports/hobbies
  • Asking about/expressing likes, dislikes
Foods and drinks
  • Identifying essential food and drinks
  • Asking for/buying items
  • Expressing quantities
  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Using transport

NB: Order and depth of coverage of these topics may vary depending on class interest and needs.