Arabic: Level One (Fast Track for Learners Familiar with Arabic Script)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Luay Hasan TW3.6.01


  • Students who have familiarity with Arabic script. Admission into the course upon tutor’s approval during the information sessions.
  • 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 learn Modern Standard Arabic.

Course content

Course aims

  • To develop the ability to use Arabic effectively for purposes of practical communication at survival level.
  • The course enables students to read and write basic words and sentences.
  • To deal with a range of predictable simple language tasks using a limited range of language.
  • To establish the skills, language and attitudes required to promote and facilitate further study of Arabic.
  • To bring the students to level A1 of the Common European Framework.

Communicative content

  • Greetings
  • Asking for and giving personal information, directions and opinions
  • Talking about family
  • Talking about your country
  • Describing people, places and objects
  • Talking about past events and experiences
  • Using the dictionary (basic)
  • Asking and giving the time
  • Talking about present events
  • Talking about future events (basic)
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Asking for and giving directions

Structural content

  • Roots
  • The definitive article
  • Independent pronouns and pronoun suffixes.
  • Nouns-adjective phrases
  • Numbers
  • Feminine and masculine words
  • Adjective-noun agreements
  • Word order
  • Verb-subject agreement
  • Demonstratives (singular)
  • Possessive pronouns
  • Interrogatives (where, when, what, how many,etc)
  • Prepositions: in, between
  • Nisba (nationality)
  • Idafa  (genitive construction)
  • Past tense
  • Linking words (Firstly, after, lately, etc.)
  • Present tense
  • Future tense (basic)
  • Plural (sound, masc./fem.)
  • Negative phrases (past, present, future)
  • Prepositions with pronoun suffixes
  • Persons of the verb (sing./pl.)


16 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 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 1, Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
  • Mastering Arabic Grammar, Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
  • 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


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

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 16

Average class size 2015/16: 15

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