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

Thursday, 3rd October - 11 classes


Session ID DLV72118C
3 Oct - 12 Dec 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)
Teacher
Isam Ibrahim

Tuesday, 14th January - 11 classes


Session ID DLV72101C
14 Jan - 31 Mar 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)
Teacher

Thursday, 6th February - 11 classes


Session ID DLV72102C
6 Feb - 16 Apr 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)
Teacher
Kinda Alsamara

Saturday, 22nd February - 11 classes


Session ID DLV72104C
22 Feb - 16 May 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)
Teacher

No class on Apr.11 & 25, 2020

Wednesday, 4th March - 11 classes


Session ID DLV72103C
4 Mar - 13 May 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)
Teacher

Tuesday, 24th March - 11 classes


Session ID DLV72105C
24 Mar - 2 Jun 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)
Teacher

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.

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

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 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: December 10, 2019 04:36pm