Arabic Beginners Stage 1

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 134 Conc £50 Full £260 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 18:45 - 20:45 10 MAC 24/09/2019 10/12/2019 LA1025

What will the course cover?

The Alphabet and basic notions of grammatical structure and singular present tense. Greetings, polite phrases and some numbers. Meeting people and exchanging personal information. We aim to build your confidence in speaking.

Who is the course for?

Anyone interested in learning Arabic, especially for communicating in an Arabic speaking country. Please note: if you already speak the language to some extent, but can't read or write, this course WILL NOT be very useful! We shall assume NO SPOKEN KNOWLEDGE, and no written knowledge.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

No knowledge of Arabic is assumed: if you know some already, this course is not for you! You'll need a proficient level of English to benefit from the course.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

The Alphabet: recognise and write letters and words • Exchange greetings • Use polite phrases- please, thank you, excuse me • Exchange basic personal information: a) Names, where you are from b) talk about your family… c) Jobs and places of work • order basic food/drinks at a café • Change currency and be familiar with working with ours • Numbers: identify and say numbers 1-10 • give & ask for phone numbers • buying & selling clothes • colours (masculine form) • common locations • • asking for & giving directions • furniture items & prepositions of place • describing places • Basic grammar: a) Nominal sentence and verbal sentence (Singular masculine and feminine) b) Pronouns (Singular Personal, possessives and demonstratives) c) Prepositions, adverbs and adjectives (Singular masculine and feminine)

How is the course organised?

The emphasis is on active participation. You will speak as much as possible in class, in a large group and individually, you will work in pairs, and use a course book (the tutor will advise), worksheets, handouts, audiotapes. It's important to work hard on your pronunciation right from the start.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

You are expected to practice in your spare time (at least 20 minutes a day), and do some homework. Please note: we need to know if you have to be absent for a class so we can make sure you don't miss out!

How will my progress be assessed?

Every lesson you are given different tasks so that progress can be assessed. Record of your work will be kept in your Individual Learning Plan to help record the steps taken towards achieving your goals.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Arabic beginners stage 2

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

You need to buy a book - the title will be advised by the tutor. Please bring writing materials, an A4 ring binder, and loose leaf sheets. A notebook for vocabulary is useful.

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.