Arabic for Reading & Research - Beginners (level 1)

Arabic-acaThis course is aimed at people who want to learn Arabic for Reading & Research purposes. Lessons focus on developing reading and text interpreting skills, allowing a fast pace progress. No previous knowledge is required. If your language level ranges from beginners to lower intermediate, you are welcome to join.

Timetable NEW COURSE 2019

This NEW course will start in January 2019. It comprises 60 learning hours over two terms. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week on an evening (6-8 pm). The first ten lessons will have taken place by the end of March 2019. The second part of the course, 10 further lessons, will resume in May 2019 and will continue until the beginning of July, when the course will be completed.

You are welcome to join in this course if you have no previous knowledge of the language or so little that you wish to start from scratch again.

Thursdays 6 - 8 pm
●  Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), starting 24 January 2019
●  Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming 2 May 2019


● Full course 20 weeks - £210* (60 learning hours), January to July 2019
● 1 term 10 weeks - £110* (30 learning hours), January to March 2018

This course will be taught in a small group: Minimum 6 and maximum 12 students.

*Includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

Payment and enrolment is done online - please click the enrol now button to register and to go through to the registration process.

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Entry level

No previous knowledge of Arabic is required. Although it would be beneficial, the course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Content and aims

This Arabic for Reading & Research purposes course aims to take learners from a basic level towards independent reading of authentic texts in Arabic. Each session will focus on fundamental aspects of the Arabic alphabet and writing system, as well as Arabic grammar, including both morphology and syntax. As the course progresses, your tutor will find out the genres and periods most appropriate to the interests of each student and will tailor readings accordingly. You will also develop dictionary skills and practise reading strategies to interpret and translate texts in Arabic. In addition, you will be reading texts immediately and building a working vocabulary, thereby increasing the amount and level of your Arabic knowledge with every session.

Our approach

The course takes place at an accelerated pace to enable you to read Arabic texts from a wide range of sources and time periods. Reading skills are developed by systematically working through short texts and focusing on the recognition of both Arabic alphabet and syntaxis, and key grammatical structures (verbs, tenses, sentence patterns and word order, negation, nouns, connectors, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, the passive, idioms, etc.). Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. Group numbers are limited to 20 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

Progression route

Upon completing this Beginners level for Reading & research purposes (A1 & A2), you can progress onto the Intermediate level Reading & research purposes (B1).

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2018-2019 Term Dates

Classes run during the University terms and take place during evenings, afternoons and Saturdays:

Term 1: Autumn term (10 weeks)

Monday 8 October – Saturday 15 December 2018

Term 2: Spring term (10 weeks)

Monday 21 January – Saturday 30 March 2019

Term 3: Summer term (10 weeks)

Monday 29 April – Saturday 6 July 2018

Summer School (2 intensive weeks)

Monday 10 – Friday 21 June 2019