Course Summary

Arabic is the second most used written script in the world. The language is spoken by more than 200 million people in more than 13 countries. This provides a vibrant and dynamic context for the study of Arabic.
This high-paced introductory course has been designed to help students master the Arabic alphabet while simultaneously building up their vocabulary. The course aims to provide learners with basic skills in conversational, everyday language. Studying Arabic Elementary 1 will provide an insight into a rich culture. Whether you wish to establish business connections with Arabic-speaking countries, work in health or community centres that offer services to Arabic speakers or plan to travel in countries where Arabic is spoken, Arabic Elementary 1 will set you on the path to acquiring a basic knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic as well as introduce you to the Egyptian and Levantine dialects.

Language Modules at CAE


Elementary Levels 1–6

Understands and communicates simple personal and work-related messages.

Intermediate 1–4

Understands and communicates any important information both in writing and orally.

Advanced 1–4

Can understand, communicate and put into practice standard information in everyday life and work-related situations.

Puts complex information into practice, in both everyday life and work situations, presentations and meetings.

Proficient 1–4

Expert 1–6

If you have knowledge in a particular language, give us a call on 03 9652 0611 and we will assess the appropriate course level for you.

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Course Sessions

Saturday, 14th April - 11 classes

Session ID DLAB9804C
14 Apr - 23 Jun 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)
Kinda Al-Samara

Elementary 1 is an intensive 22-hour course for beginners. The content of the course has been designed to help students master the Arabic alphabet at a high pace while building up their vocabulary simultaneously. The course is suitable for prospective travellers to the Arab world, people wanting to interact socially with the Arabic-speaking community both in Melbourne and overseas or those who would like to try their hand at learning a new language for enjoyment and cultural insight.

This course will take the students through the entire alphabet while covering general topics such as:

  • Greetings
  • Exchange of personal information
  • Talking about health and well-being
  • Engaging in general chit chat
  • Talking about family life
  • Work / study
  • Describing things, people, and places
  • Cultural expressions

Grammar is taught in the context of using the language for a specific purpose.

 By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • introduce yourself and others and use basic expressions for meeting, greeting and farewelling;
  • use basic expressions for thanking and apologising;
  • engage in simple conversations and exchange personal information about names, home, family, and work;
  • order foods and drinks in a restaurant;
  • develop an understanding and appreciation of the values of Arabic-speaking communities;
  • read and identify the main message in simple texts such as dialogues, signs, and ID cards;
  • Write short paragraph describing people, things or places

 No previous experience is required for this course.

Upon successful completion of this course students are both eligible and encouraged to continue by enrolling in Arabic Elementary 2.

 Brustad K., Al-Batal M. & Al-Tonsi A. (2010). Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds (3rd ed.). Washington DC: Georgetown University Press. ISBN: 978-1-58901-632-3  

Available from:

LANGUAGE INTERNATIONAL, 15 Station Street, Kew East Vic 3102 ph:9857 0030

BOOKERY, 9-11 Victoria Street, Fitzroy 3065. Tel: 8417 9500

Foreign Language Bookstore

Available with companion website access from Georgetown University Press. Companion website access can be purchased by itself.

***Cancellations or postponements are notified 48 hours before class commencement. Please consider this before purchasing class materials***

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

Last updated: April 21, 2018 02:30pm