Arabic SSC course descriptions

Beginners

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Beginners

This communicative course aims to cover the basic Arabic that a traveller might need in everyday situations in Arabic-speaking countries: introducing yourself or someone else, ordering food and drink, asking for and understanding directions, shopping, booking a hotel room, and asking about public transport.

The course will be based on the course book Read and Speak Arabic, supplemented with additional materials. Students should find that they quickly acquire basic communicative proficiency and discover that learning Arabic is simple and fun.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the Arabic Coordinator, Dr Mashail Ali, mashail.ali@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment information please visit our enrolment pages.

Improvers

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This course aims to consolidate language skills of students who have recently completed a Beginners course at Imperial College or elsewhere (A1 level of the Common European Framework) with specific focus on communication.

The approach is communicative and cultural aspects relating to the Arab world will be injected through various activities. Throughout the course, Modern Standard Arabic will be the language used and students will be encouraged to communicate in the target language in the classroom.

The course will review some topics and grammatical structures from the Beginners’ course: possessive pronouns, possessive case, interrogative particles, human-non human plural forms, sound and broken plurals, numbers, past tense, telling time and present tense. Future topics may be included according to students' level and needs.

By the end of the course, students should be able to interact in Arabic in various situations. Reaching a lower intermediate level (A1+CEFR), students can expect to be able to: 

  • introduce themselves & others and talk about their family and friends;
  • ask for and understand directions;
  • describe the weather and seasons;
  • book a table in a restaurant, order and pay for food & drink;
  • talk about education and profession;
  • describe daily activities;
  • request & give information;
  • read notes or emails, menus, advertisements and short paragraphs.

Course materials

The course will be based on Mastering Arabic 1 textbook, Jane Wightwick& mahmoud Gaafar, 3rd edition, Palgrave 2015, supplemented by additional materials.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the Arabic Coordinator, Dr Mashail Haydar Ali, mashail.ali@imperial.ac.uk.

For course enrolment information please visit our enrolment pages.