Arabic

Arabic is spoken in its various dialects across 25 countries by about 400 million people today. Whether you’re interested in learning the language, script and cultural cues in order to travel to Lebanon, Jordan, Syria or Palestine, or to communicate more effectively with family and friends here in Sydney, Arabic is one of the most rhythmic and captivating languages to learn today.

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  • 10 Weeks

  • All levels

  • AUD $395

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Feel at home anywhere with languages

We invite you to spend a few hours every week in the Arab world with us, to learn the language of Fadl Shaker, Elie Saab, Elissa, Queen Rania of Jordan, and DJ Khaled.

UNSW Global courses are designed to create opportunities for real-life communication practice and connect you with other people who share your interests.

Did you know?

  • Over 150,000 Sydneysiders speak Arabic, and most of these speak the Levantine dialect.
  • Modern Standard Arabic is common among all Arabic-speaking populations and is used in news media such as Al Jazeera in order to be accessible across the Arab nations, however, it is not spoken on the street.

Why study Arabic with us?

Our small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher. This course will help you:

  • Learn to speak, read and write in Arabic

  • Communicate confidently when travelling to Arabic speaking countries

  • Understand and communicate better with Arabic speaking friends or family

  • Learn standard Arabic and dialect

  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities

Levels and duration

There are six levels. Each level consists of either 20 weeks of study or 2 x 10-week terms.

Beginners (Level 1)

Module A

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Greetings
  • Typical Arabic names
  • Feelings: How are you?
  • Well-being and health: How are you?
  • Personal closeness
  • Arab world geography: Where are you from?
  • Nationalities: Where are you from?

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Personal pronouns - singular
  • Possessives
  • The MSA alphabet
  • Letter category and sound
  • Linking letters
  • Long and short vowels

What textbook do I need?

Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of Arabic.


Module B

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with some basic knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • Courtship/dating
  • Finding an address
  • Phone numbers
  • Occupations
  • Working hours

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Negating nouns and adjectives
  • Pronoun omission
  • Word order
  • Final letter vowel
  • Plural: human nouns
  • Present tense
  • Various pronunciation rules

What textbook do I need?

Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

Elementary (Level 2)

Module A

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Family
  • Family relations
  • Eating and drinking
  • Eating etiquette
  • At a café / restaurant
  • Polite requests

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Number + noun
  • Adverbs
  • Plural: non-human nouns
  • Article: a / the
  • Present
  • Negation
  • Imperative + its negation
  • Various pronunciation rules

What textbook do I need?

Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have awareness of grammatical structures and be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.


Module B

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Lebanese pastimes
  • Everyday activities
  • Making plans
  • Healthcare
  • Describing people and things

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Past tense
  • Verb position
  • Phrasal words
  • Adjectives: plural and singular
  • Future
  • All tense negation of adjectives
  • Verb root
  • Various pronunciation rules

What textbook do I need?

Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course,  students will be able to communicate in and understand the language on practical everyday matters.

Lower Intermediate (Level 3)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good basic knowledge of the language.

Lower Intermediate 3A and 3B (10 weeks each) may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms.

What topics does it cover?

  • Pace of life
  • Hijiri year
  • Time/date/days/months/seasons
  • Travel and transport
  • Places (e.g. museums, mosques)
  • Directions

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Present continuous tense
  • Plural of adjectives
  • Future tense
  • Verb negation
  • Past and future continuous tenses
  • Verb object suffixes after consonant and vowel
  • Various pronunciation rules

What textbook do I need for this level?

Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)


Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Hotels
  • Accommodation
  • Booking rooms
  • Describing accommodation
  • Me-za
  • Restaurants and food/drink

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Comparisons
  • 2nd object pronoun
  • Had
  • ‘Saying’ verbs
  • Various pronunciation rules

What textbook do I need for this level?

Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will develop a deeper cultural awareness and be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers and discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Intermediate (Level 4)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures.

Intermediate 4A and 4B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Shopping
  • Colours
  • Clothes
  • Typical Lebanese hobbies
  • Hobbies/interests

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • To/for before personal suffix
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Subjunctive
  • Verb + for
  • To + pronoun
  • Participle
  • Passive tense
  • Preposition / adverb + ma
  • Various pronunciation rules

What textbook do I need for this level?

Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)


Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Tourism
  • Travel
  • Weather
  • Places of interest

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • To/for before personal suffix
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Subjunctive
  • Verb + for
  • To + pronoun
  • Participle
  • Passive tense
  • Preposition/adverb + ma
  • Various pronunciation rules

What textbook do I need for this level?

Read and Speak Arabic, Modern Arabic 2 (Samar Attar, 1998)

Please note that this text book may only be used occasionally. Ask your teacher if it is necessary for purchase.

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to converse with native speakers and follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures

Upper Intermediate (Level 5)

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

What topics are covered?

Materials and topics for this level are especially chosen by the teacher to meet the needs and interests of the students.

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Advanced (Level 6)

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have an advanced level of language proficiency.

What topics are covered?

Materials and topics for this level are especially chosen by the teacher to meet the needs and interests of the students.

What’s the end goal?

This open-ended course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

Summer short courses (6:15pm - 8:45pm)

Location: UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2 East Tower classrooms, Kensington
Length: 8 sessions, 20 hours

Evening courses (6:30pm - 8:30pm)

UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington.
Length: 10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)

Questions? We have answers.

  • How do I work out which level to enrol in?

  • What is the average class size?

  • Do I receive a certificate?

Important Information

  • This is a non-CRICOS registered course. International Student Visa holders are not eligible to enrol in non-CRICOS registered courses, including Modern Languages and Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes at this time.

    However, international students who are not on a student visa can enrol in these courses. Temporary Residents who want to enrol in Modern Languages or Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes can do so by contacting admissions@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.

  • Please note that Commonwealth financial support is not available for Non-Award programs including Global’s Foundation programs and all language courses.
  • This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.