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Arabic (Modern Standard) Accelerated Stage 1 Course

One-year course with 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 4 hours per week

2017 Entry requirements

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

This course is aimed at completing the beginner and lower intermediate levels within three terms and is reasonably fast paced. It is designed to enable learners to communicate in Modern Standard Arabic within a range of everyday situations using the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. It will develop communicative skills in a wide range of contexts enabling the student to effectively interact in formal situations where Modern Standard Arabic would be spoken. Modern Standard Arabic is the recognised means of formal spoken and written communication. It is used throughout the Arabic speaking world on official occasions, in education and the media.

Having completed the course students should be able to:

  • Express themselves in Arabic a wide range of sentence structures and phrases;
  • Understand a range of spoken Arabic beyond common courtesy and survival requirements;
  • Use a greater variety of vocabulary.

Over three terms, students can expect to complete the beginners and lower intermediate levels according to the following schedule:

Term 1 = Beginners Term 1 and 2

Term 2 = Beginners Term 3 and Lower Intermediate Term 1

Term 3 = Lower Intermediate Terms 2 and 3


The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Arabic grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Arabic in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

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