« LANGUAGES/Asian Languages/Arabic

Thu 02 May 2024 - Thu 27 Jun 2024

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Online (via Zoom)

Arabic is the official language of 23 countries and spoken by more than 280 million people worldwide. It has many dialects, every country has its own, also many accents in each country. What we teach at CE and ANU is the Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and is called in Arabic “Fusha.” MSA is the official Arabic that is used in schools, universities, government offices and also is the language for the Quran, the holy book of Islam. All Arabs understand MSA perfectly and without any problem.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Quick revision of the alphabet, ta marbuta, separate and attached pronouns. A focus on the Arab countries and their capital cities, learning albisba (misr, misri) and how to form alnisba.
  • Topic 2: A focus on counting including introducing masculine and feminine numbers, asking, "how much?", structure note and vocabulary
  • Topic 3: Looking at shapes and colours including the Arabic root, plural patterns 1 and 2, the masculine and feminine of colours and vocabulary
  • Topic 4: A look at ordering and buying food including going to the grocers, names of venues and items and how to order from the menu at a restaurant
  • Topic 5: Revision of week 1-4
  • Topic 6: A focus on the past tense of verbs such as asking, "what happened yesterday?", including structure notes and vocabulary
  • Topic 7: A look at plural patterns 3&4 (kalb, kilab), continued work on numbers and a look at the weather and how to write a letter
  • Topic 8: A focus on verbs including past negative and present negative as well as how to compare, such as comparing past and present
  • Topic 9: Conversation, constructing sentences using the past and present tense verbs, using possessives pronouns in a sentence, nominal and verbal sentences and putting case endings on words in a text.  

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

Who should enrol

Students who have completed Beginning Arabic 1 (Arabic 1) or similar (approximately 20 hours of study).

Course materials

You will need to bring 2x exercise books, a pencil and an eraser.

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