SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Arabic (Qur'anic) Beginners Course

Duration: 1 term per sub-level; 10 weeks per term. 20 hours blended learning.

  • Overview
  • Structure

Overview

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

The course aims to enable students to read the Qur’anic script efficiently, to familiarise themselves with the basic structures of Classical Arabic and to help them learn high frequency words and comprehend some short surahs (chapters of the Qur’an). Emphasis is placed on reading and handwriting. No prior knowledge of alphabets is needed. Students who chose to study this course are not aiming to use the language for communication, but to acquire literacy skills and comprehend the language of the holy Qur’an.

Method

The course is taught in English with the use of high frequency Qur'anic expressions. The teaching will focus on linguistic aspects including essential Tajweed rules and the correct pronunciation of letters. Students will also learn to discriminate between Qur’anic and Modern Standard Arabic script and spell words correctly. They will also learn essential grammatical rules and attempt to translate phrases and simple sentences. They will be working in groups and individually to achieve the best outcomes intended.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page for the Collaborate Session Preparation and Checklist, Required Equipment & Software.

Material

For Beginners 1, materials will be provided by the teacher through the BLE course page.

Please see our materials page for the course book required for higher levels.

Entry Requirements and Progression Route

Complete beginners should enrol for Beginners 1. The progression route from Qur’anic Arabic Beginners 1 is to Beginners 2, and then to Beginners 3.

Please note that each term, classes are subject to quorum requirements.

Qur'anic Beginners 2 is scheduled as part of our Summer term starting 19th April. Beginners 2 assumes that students have covered Beginners 1 course content or equivalent.

For course dates and information, please see our timetable information: https://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecentre/enrolment/

See the full list of short evening courses and accredited programmes in Arabic on the Arabic Section Homepage.

Structure

Arabic (Qur’anic) Beginners 1

Through the Qur’anic context, in this course you will:

• Learn the alphabet and differentiate between short and long vowels.
• Read familiar phrases and verses.
• Compare between Qur’anic and Modern Standard Arabic writing styles.
• Translate high frequency Qur’anic words and use them correctly.
• Listen to and explain a few short Surahs.
• Differentiate between nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.
• Write and spell high frequency words.
• Discover the structure of nominal sentences.
• Compare the structures of phrases and complete sentences.
• Compare between khabar (predicate) and adjective.
• Discriminate between indefinite and definite nouns.
• Compare between nominative, accusative, and genitive nouns.
• Discover how nouns and adjectives agree with number and gender.
• Learn about singular and plural attached pronouns.
• Compare between possessive and personal pronouns.
• Learn about Idafa construction: possession.

Arabic (Qur’anic) Beginners 2

Through the Qur’anic context, in this course you will:

• Build fluency reading Qur’anic verses.
• Practise simple Tajweed rules: ghunnah, and qalqalah.
• Become more familiar with a range of nominal sentence structures.
• Distinguish between hamzatul-wasl and hamzatul-qat’.
• Translate short verses containing familiar words.
• Become familiar with dictionaries and looking up words.
• Differentiate between adverbs and adjectives.
• Write and spell more complex words.
• Discover the structure of verbal sentences.
• Practise the points of letter articulation (makharij).
• Discriminate between indefinite and definite idafa.
• Learn common functions of accusative nouns.
• Conjugate past tense verbs with singular pronouns.
• Learn about singular and plural attached pronouns.
• Discover the Arabic root system using qur’anic examples.
• Distinguish between transitive and intransitive verbs.

Arabic (Qur’anic) Beginners 3

Through the Qur’anic context, in this course you will:

• Read Quranic verses with more confidence and accuracy.
• Practice simple Tajweed rules: madd.
• Use dictionaries efficiently.
• Differentiate between adverbs and adjectives.
• Write and spell complex phrases.
• Compare between the components of nominal and verbal sentences.
• Learn other functions of accusative nouns.
• Conjugate past tense verbs with singular and plural pronouns.
• Practise the use of patterns to predict the meaning of words.
• Learn some interrogative words and use them to ask questions.
• Experiment negation through simple conversation.
• Conjugate regular verbs in present tense using correct prefixes.
• Use active participle to discover the meaning of Allah’s names.
• Practise the use of regular feminine and masculine plurals.
• Listen to verses and copy them correctly.
• Use nominal and verbal sentences effectively.

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.  

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