Course Summary

This high paced introductory course has been designed to help students master the Arabic alphabet quickly while building up their vocabulary at the same time. It 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 which 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.

Course Sessions

Tuesday, 24th August - 11 classes

Session ID DLAU3010C
24 Aug - 26 Oct 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)

Monday, 6th September - 11 classes

Session ID DLAU3011C
6 Sep - 15 Nov 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)

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 quickly while building up their vocabulary at the same time. 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 saying goodbye;
  • use basic expressions to thank or apologise;
  • 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.

***IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR LAST-MINUTE ENROLMENTS*** If you enrol on the same day this course starts, please check your confirmation email and ensure you contact the Languages Centre to receive a link to attend the online sessions at***

Link to purchase the book:

– Please note there is low stock at the moment. Teacher will provide notes and handouts until books are available. However some students have been able to find PDF copies online - 

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: 9781589016323

To attend your online sessions all you need is the link we will provide (via email), a device with internet connection and a webcam.

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

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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 to people who wish to communicate with friends and family members and those who enjoy the intellectual challenge of mastering a new language.

Last updated: July 30, 2021 04:40pm