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Arabic (Qur'anic) Elementary Course

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Duration
1 term per sub-level; 10 weeks per term
Attendance mode
Part-time, online/blended learning

Course overview

The course aims to enable students’ to understand the structures of Classical Arabic and to help them gain a basic understanding of the language of the Qur'an.

Students will also explore the aesthetic features of the Qur’anic Language, and the main characteristics of sarf (morphology) and nah’ou (grammar and conjugation). Prior knowledge of the Arabic alphabet and basic reading skills are essential.  

If you are unsure whether this course is at the right level for you and want to speak to someone, an online assessment can be conducted, please book an assessment

Method

The course is taught in English and Arabic and emphasis is placed on reading and comprehension skills; however, all other skills will be tackled too. This course provides a good balance between understanding the system of Qur’anic conjugation, syntax and translation. 

Students will also acquire and develop analytical skills enabling them to comprehend linguistic aspects of the holy Quran. They will be working in groups and individually to achieve the learning objectives.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning each term: 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. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course. 

Material

Materials will be provided by the teacher through the BLE course page.

Entry requirements and progression route

This is the first stage of the Qur’anic Arabic course. You do not need to be assessed for your reading and comprehension skills, either you are a heritage learner who can read the Quran but do not understand it or have learned how to read and write previously. The progression route from Qur’anic Arabic Elementary 1 is to Elementary 2, then from Elementary 2 to Elementary 3. 

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

For course dates and information, please see our timetables.

Structure

Arabic (Qur’anic) Elementary 1

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

  • improve your reading skills and incorporate essential tajweed rules. 
  • use dictionaries by applying your knowledge of the Arabic root system. 
  • use the root system to predict the meaning of other words 
  • translate familiar Qur’anic verses. 
  • transcribe the verses you listen to. 
  • differentiate between several types of nouns in Arabic. 
  • differentiate between the structures of phrases and complete sentences. 
  • discover the importance of the definite article in constructing a sentence. 
  • compare nominative, accusative, and genitive nouns. 
  • discover number and gender agreement of nouns and adjectives. 
  • learn how to discriminate between nouns and verbs. 
  • learn how attached pronouns are used with nouns and particles. 
  • learn about definite and indefinite idafa construction. 

Arabic (Qur’anic) Elementary 2

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

  • incorporate essential tajweed rules when reading familiar and unfamiliar verses. 
  • discover some forms of emphasis in Qur’an. 
  • examine how particles can affect the meaning of nominal sentences. 
  • practise reading hamzatul-wasl and hamzatul-qat’ effectively. 
  • inspect the meaning of new verses with reference to newly learned structure. 
  • differentiate between diverse types of adverbs. 
  • examine the diacritics positions and its effect on meaning. 
  • discover the structure of verbal sentences. 
  • differentiate between complete and incomplete verbs. 
  • conjugate regular verbs in past tense with all pronouns. 
  • use singular and plural attached pronouns correctly. 
  • distinguish between transitive and intransitive verbs. 
  • use some patterns to derive verbs from root letters. 

Arabic (Qur’anic) Elementary 3

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

  • read Surahs with confidence applying waqf and ibtida’ rules. 
  • use different types of dictionaries efficiently. 
  • learn all functions of accusative nouns. 
  • conjugate regular and hollow past tense verbs with all pronouns. 
  • practise the use of patterns to predict the meaning of words. 
  • conduct simple conversation using interrogative words. 
  • conjugate regular and hollow verbs in present tense. 
  • use active participle to discover the meaning of Allah’s names. 
  • learn different types of emphasis in nominal and verbal sentences. 
  • learn kana, inna and its sisters. 
  • start to analyse ayahs according to the rules of sarf and nahw
  • learn reflexive, transitive, and mutual patterns. 
  • identify complex verb patterns and their indication. 

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.

Contact us

  • arabic@soas.ac.uk

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