Arabic: Level Two (Fast Track)

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Nadim Ben Mohamed Mahjoub CMK.C804


  • Students should have previously learnt … see description of “Communicative content” and “Structural Content” of Level 1 Fast Track (LN702) and/or Level 2 Standard (LN703). Admission into the course upon completion of level test and tutor’s approval.
  • Students should demonstrate commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, completion of the dossier and all assessments.
  • Students should dedicate at least two hours per week for coursework in addition to classes.
  • This course is suitable for students wanting to improve Modern Standard Arabic.

Course content

Course Aims

  • To use Arabic effectively for purposes of practical communication and reading comprehension in familiar work and social contexts.
  • To establish the skills, language and attitudes required to promote and facilitate further study of Arabic.
  • To bring the students to level A2  of Common European Framework.

Communicative Content

  • Talking about present events and experiences
  • Talking about past events and experiences
  • Describing people, places and objects
  • Talking about habits, hobbies and daily routine
  • Making comparison between people, things or places
  • Using both past and present
  • Talking about future plans (further details)
  • Giving opinions
  • Expressing agreement
  • Expressing wishes and plans for the future
  • Writing a postcard or letter

Structural Content

  • Revision of past tense
  • Revision of present tense
  • Negative phrases
  • Prepositions with pronoun suffixes
  • Forms of the Arabic verb (1-4)
  • Comparatives
  • Adverbs of frequency
  • Masdar (verbal noun)
  • Time expressions
  • Verb Kana  (To be) and introduction to hollow verbs
  • Plural (broken plural 1-5)
  • Future tense
  • Numbers
  • Adjective-noun agreement (human/non-human)
  • Use of the accusative
  • Declination (nominative, genitive, accusative).


12 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of classes in the LT. 8 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 40 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading

Study Pack will be provided

Other materials useful for this level

  • Mastering Arabic 2, Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Al-Kitaab fii Ta‘llum al-‘Arabiyya  Al-Kitaab Fii Ta Allum Al- Arabiyya: Pt. 1: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic by Brustad et al, Georgetown Univ.Press, 2011


  • The Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage (edited by N S Doniach, Oxford Univ. Press,1983)

Language Centre Learning Support

  • Tandem Learning: Regular events to improve your spoken language skills - Join our Language Exchange programme! Find out about the details and our Facebook Groups
  • Online Language Learning: Try our Moodle site “LSE Language Gateway” as extra support for your language learning (includes links to podcasts, streaming television, free online courses).

Go to www.lse.ac.uk/languages and click on 'Learning Support'


Continuous assessment (50%) in the MT, LT and ST.
Oral examination (30%) in the ST.
In class assessment (20%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2012/13: 10

Average class size 2012/13: 10

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