These courses, while emphasising conversational use, look at the grammatical structure of Arabic and develop skills in writing the Arabic script.
Who is this course for
For complete beginners with no previous knowledge of Arabic. The aim of the course is to provide a thorough introduction to Arabic. The course serves as a good foundation for those wanting to progress to higher levels. No previous knowledge is required. If you are not sure, please take our self-assessment.
Stage 1 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach A1 level of competency in the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR).
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What does this course cover
This course is designed for students who want a structured and user-friendly introduction to the Arabic language. It starts with a gentle introduction and prepares you for some new social or practical situations while also introducing the grammar gradually and simply.
The Arabic script is introduced and practised from the start of the course.
The course is presented together with the cultural context in which it is used so that learners are able to appreciate such things as appropriateness and linguistic etiquette when interaction takes place in the target language.
Stage 1 (A, B, C) courses aim to help you reach CEFR A1 level of competency.
- Recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning yourself, your family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.
- Understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
- Interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help you formulate what you are trying to say.
- Ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
- Use simple phrases and sentences to describe where you live and people you know.
Topics will include: introductions, Arabic letters and vowel sounds, greetings, meeting someone for the first time, jobs, family, everyday objects and situations and numbers.
What will it be like
The main component of the course is oral communication with relevant supporting written materials.
The course will be taught in English and Arabic. All four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking will be covered. The alphabet and writing system in Arabic will be introduced and practised, as well as Arabic grammar and vocabulary, all set into their cultural context.
There will be many opportunities to practise the language through group and pair work.
We assess your learning in order to recognise and record your progress and achievement (RARPA).
This is done through continuous dialogue, correction of homework and active listening, tutor's feedback oral or written, feedback on your worksheets or assignments, your own views, peer or pair assessments through role play assignments. A structured assessment will take place at the end of the course.
What else do you need to buy or do
Text book will be introduced in first lesson.
Extra practice and going over previously learned lessons outside the class are important to retain information and progress. You will be given homework to revise your learning and to prepare for the next lesson. It is expected that you do regular self-study to further your language learning. You should ideally spend some time every day practising the language and the script. Independent work will be encouraged.
What this course could lead to
Stage 1B in Arabic at the Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
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