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Provided by: Language Centre

This course has 3 scheduled runs. To book a place, please choose your preferred date:

October 2020

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CULP: Arabic Basic 1


The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

Target audience
  • University staff and students
  • Further details regarding Language Centre eligibility criteria are available

For absolute beginners, or for those with a minimal knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) who wish to learn Levantine (Eastern Mediterranean) spoken Arabic

Topics covered

The course introduces students to the following functions and notions:

  • Introduction to pronunciation and transliteration scheme
  • Greetings at a different time of day
  • Arabic Script - Saying where one is from
  • Nationality
  • Giving your phone number
  • Titles and terms of address
  • Introducing friends and family
  • Saying what you do for a living
  • Saying how old you are
  • Ordering tea, coffee and other drinks
  • Offering, refusing, accepting
  • Asking and paying for the bill/making enquiries
  • Understanding the price
  • Shopping in a market
  • Checking in at the hotel
  • Making requests
  • Understanding the menu
  • Saying what you like and don’t like
  • Ordering a meal
  • Expressing appreciation
  • Listening/Speaking: Understand basic instructions or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic.
  • Reading: Understand a set of basic notices, instructions or information in Latin transcription and some Arabic words.
  • Writing: Learn the Arabic script and numbers, write words and eventually reading a whole sentence.

At the Basic 1 level the main aims are:

  • To develop a basic understanding and an appreciation of the salient linguistic features;
  • To establish the learner as a fairly confident language user in a range of every-day predictable situations;
  • To introduce students to the cultural background of the Arab world within the context of language teaching.
  • Presentations, practicals and online learning
System requirements
  • Raven access is required
  • Further information regarding Raven is available
  • Students Fees: £285 to be paid online. Please select ‘Concessionary’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Staff Fees: £320 to be paid online. Please select ‘All charged’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Links to the online store will be provided with your confirmation email.
  • Payment is required within 24 hours of your booking to secure your place.
  • Refunds available after the first lesson only.
  • Payment for the courses is made on the Online Store (CULP General Purpose courses), (Raven log in).
  • Course materials can be found on Moodle (Raven log in), once the course has started.
  • Fifteen taught sessions of two hours plus online learning
  • Three times per year (subject to demand)
Related courses
CULP: Cambridge University Language Programmes

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