Course Summary

An 8-hour intensive course offering an introduction to the alphabet, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary of Modern Standard Arabic. Students will learn to read and write the Arabic alphabet in the context of everyday words and greetings. Basic grammatical topics (grammatical gender, adjectival phrases, nominal sentences, noun case-declension) will be introduced and practiced through interactive exercises and audio-visual materials. Students will learn to read and reproduce an introductory conversation in Arabic with basic greetings and biographical information.

Course Content

Conversation Topics:  

  1. Introducing oneself & exchanging basic biographical information;
  2. Basic Greetings

Grammar Topics:

  1. The Arabic alphabet;
  2. Grammatical gender;
  3. The definite article
  4. Adjectival phrases
  5. Nominal sentences
  6. Introduction to “case” declensions for nouns & adjectives

By the end of the course you will be able to”

  1. Read, write and pronounce the main components of the Modern Standard Arabic alphabet
  2. Greet others, introduce oneself and ask others for biographical information
  3. Create simple adjectival phrases & nominal sentences
  4. Develop a basic understanding of what “case” declensions are for nouns & adjectives and how they work in Arabic


This course is for beginners. No prior knowledge of Arabic is required.

This Arabic course is also suited to those who speak some Arabic but have not had the opportunity to learn the written script. It caters to people who wish to communicate with friends and family members and those who enjoy the intellectual challenge of mastering a new language.

***Cancellations or postponements are notified 48 hours before class commencement. ***

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Material required

PDF materials will be supplied by the tutor

Teacher Biography

A linguaphile and literary enthusiast, Penny is proficient in the literacies of Modern Greek, Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Indonesian, and has an expanding base of experience teaching all three languages. She is particularly interested in the pedagogy of elementary Greek and Arabic and how best to introduce English-speakers to the elaborate and somewhat conservative grammatical systems of both languages while also engendering an appreciation of their historical and contemporary relevance. She is an Honours candidate in Arabic at the University of Melbourne and has plans for combined further research that might find a novel interchange between Arabic and Greek. 

Course Sessions

Tuesday, 2nd August - 4 classes

Session ID DLAZ1202C
2 Aug - 5 Aug 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$199 / $189 (conc)
Penny Vakalopoulos
Last updated: June 30, 2022 12:59pm