Arabic: Level One (Integrated Approach)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Nadim Ben Mohamed Mahjoub


This is a non-credit bearing course available to all LSE students, staff, alumni and external clients.


• No previous knowledge of Arabic required.

• Students should demonstrate commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, completion of the dossier and all assessments.

• Students should dedicate two-three hours per week for coursework in addition to classes.

• This course is suitable for students wanting to learn the basis of Levantine Arabic colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic.

• Admission into the course upon tutor’s approval during the information sessions.

Course content

• To develop the ability to use Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine dialect) effectively for purposes of communication at survival level.

• 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.

Communicative content

•  Greetings

•  Personal information

•  Your immediate family

•  Your studies and jobs

•  Where you live

•  Your city and country

•  Present and past actions/events

•  Describing people, places and objects

•  Daily habits/routine

•  Making comparisons

•  Talking about future plans (basic)

•  Expressing likes/dislikes

Structural content

• Pronunciation

• Feminine and masculine words

• Present tense

• The definitive article

• Independent pronouns and pronoun suffixes

• Nouns-adjective phrases

• Numbers

• Plural

• Word order

• Demonstrative

• Possessive pronouns

• Interrogatives (where, when, what, in which,etc.)

• Prepositions: in, between, etc

• Nisba (nationality)

• Idafa (genitive construction)

• Past Tense

• Use of "also, where, in the same, etc."


24 hours of classes in the MT. 33 hours of classes in the LT. 3 hours of classes in the ST.

• This is a 60 hour-course.

• Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Formative coursework

Weekly exercises featuring interactive work and oral practise; grammar exercises; reading and listening comprehension.

Indicative reading

Study Pack to be provided.

Other useful materials for this level

  • Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic, Letters and Sounds by Brustad et all. Georgetown Univ. Press, Second or Third Editions
  • 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
  • Syrian Colloquial Arabic, a Functional Course (third edition) by Mary-Jane Liddicoat, Richard Lennane and Dr Iman Abdul Rahim
  • Arabiyyat al-Naas (Part 1). An introductiory course in Arabic by Munther Younes, Routledge, 2014



Oral examination (30%) in the LT.
Continuous assessment (70%) in the MT and LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills