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Arabic (Colloquial Levantine) Beginners Course

One-year course with 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

A one-year course in Levantine Arabic for beginners.

The course is aimed at complete beginners and is designed to enable learners to communicate in spoken Levantine Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations using the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The course introduces the students to the Arabic writing system and enables them to read and write basic words and sentences. Emphasis is placed on the learner’s ability to speak and listen.


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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