"Arabic is spoken by more than 300 million people in the Arab world as their native language, and is the official language in 22 countries. In addition, about 1.2 billion Muslims all over the world use it in their prayers and religious recitations, and thus, Arabic is ranked as the 4th most spoken language in the world.
As a result of the "Arab Spring", there is now a higher demand for Arab-speaking professionals, whether in the fields of International Relations and Development, Business and Trade, Diplomacy and Intelligence. Also, Arabs feel honoured when foreigners make an attempt to speak their language. A few phrases make you extra welcome and an honoured guest. So whether you are curious, enhancing a career, or you would like to explore the Arab culture, do it through its most cherished treasure- the Arabic language, Just give it a go".
Nassima Atmaoui-Fischer, Arabic Evening Class Tutor
These descriptions are only a guide and some adjustments to the content of the course might be needed, depending on the students' level of participation, ability and needs.
This course is a pre-requisite to the study of Arabic language. It aims to introduce the mastery of the alphabet: the script, the sounds of the letters, and their combination into words. Also, it introduces basic Arabic phrases and vocabulary to help you have introductory conversations. The student will develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Some aspects of the Arab world and culture(s) are covered.
This is the second part of the beginners' course in Arabic following on from Beginners' Arabic I (PPLB4029A). Students with a GCSE grade C or below (or equivalent experience) may join this module. By the end of the course you will be able to speak about; read simple, authentic Arabic texts of familiar topics; write informal notes on familiar topics connected to daily life; have a great understanding of aspects of Arab culture connected to everyday life, including culturally important expressions commonly used among friends and acquaintances.
Improvers I and II
Two intermediate courses in Arabic for those students who have taken Beginners' Arabic I and II or have some experience of the language. These modules aim to enable students to build on, and further enhance, existing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. A key component is the exploration of themes that develop interculturality. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar notions and vocabulary areas in meaningful contexts, whilst developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs.