UNSW Institute of Languages

Courses

Arabic

Arabic is spoken by more than 250 million people around the world. UNSW Institute of Languages Arabic courses will cover modern Standard Arabic language alongside Levantine. Levantine being the most widely understood form through songs and dubbed foreign TV series.

UNSW Institute of Languages is a fun way to build your skills in Arabic. Providing courses beginners to advanced students.

Duration Average class size Levels Fee
10 weeks 12 students Beginner to Advanced AUD$390

Key Benefits

  • Learn to speak, read and write Arabic as you progress through the course levels.
  • Communicate more 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 with the addition of a foreign language skill.
  • Small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.

The textbook for these courses is available from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus, Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney). It can also be purchased from the teacher (Bernard) at the start of the first lesson. View the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

Please note: This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.

Course Level Guides

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

Text Book: Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

This level covers the following topics:

  • 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?

Language/grammar points include:

  • Personal pronouns - singular
  • Possessives
  • The MSA alphabet
  • Letter category and sound
  • Linking letters
  • Vowels: long and short
  • Various pronunciation rules

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have an understanding of the basics of the language
  • be able to communicate in a limited way on some practical everyday matters.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the language.

Text Book: Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

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

Text Book:Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have awareness of some grammatical structures
  • be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.

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

Text Book: : Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in and understand the language on many practical everyday matters.

This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good basic knowledge of the language or those who have studied the language some years ago. It covers two separate modules (3A and 3B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

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

Module B

Text Book: Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers
  • discuss some personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be developed.

This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures. It covers two separate modules (4A and 4B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Arabic Express (Bernard Khoshaba, 2015)

This level covers the following topics:

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

Language/grammar points include:

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

Module B

Text Book: Read and Speak Arabic, Modern Arabic 2 (Samar Attar, 1998) *this course book may only be used occasionally; please ask your teacher if it is necessary for you to buy it.

This level covers the following topics:

  • Tourism
  • Travel
  • Weather
  • Places of interest

Language/grammar points include:

  • Conditional
  • Root derivations
  • End vowels
  • Indirect speech verb tense
  • Various pronunciation rules

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse with native speakers
  • follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

This level (20 weeks) is for speakers who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy. It covers two separate modules (5A and 5B) which are taught over two separate terms.

Materials and topics for this level are chosen by the teacher to meet the needs and interests of the students. They include authentic materials and textbook content.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.

Materials and topics for this level are chosen by the teacher to meet the needs and interests of the students. They include authentic materials and textbook content.

Learning Outcomes

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..

If there isn’t a class to suit you, please join the waiting list and we will notify you when it is available.

January Short Course

January Short Course is a two week intensive short course that builds your initial language skills.

Level 1A
Monday 15 January - Thursday 25 January 2018
8 sessions, 20 hours (Course days are Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:15pm - 8:45pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Term 1 Evening Courses

Level 1A
Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 11 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 1B
Thursday 8 February – Thursday 12 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2A
Monday 5 February – Monday 16 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2B
Tuesday 6 February – Tuesday 10 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Languages - FAQs

A course is one term of tuition. Each term is 10 weeks in duration.

There are 6 Levels. These are: Beginners (level 1), Elementary (level 2), Lower Intermediate (level 3), Intermediate (level 4), Upper Intermediate (level 5), and Advanced (level 6). Each level consists of 20 weeks of study, or 2 x 10 week terms.

Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, French and Italian are offered in a variety of levels from Beginners through to Advanced levels. Other languages are offered from Beginners to Intermediate levels. The availability of levels each term depends on student numbers.

Levels 1 and 2 are divided into 10 weeks courses (1A, 1B, 2A and 2B). Courses at these levels must to be taken in sequence because they offer beginners or elementary level instruction which will give the student a basic foundation in the language. Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all 20 weeks covering two separate modules over two separate terms.

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term. However, in order to progress to the next level it is usual for students to study for 20 weeks at the one level.

Course books are chosen by language teachers. See the Course Content section of the website for more information.

Teachers follow the course books but often also provide additional materials for students.

No. Students are encouraged to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought in week 1 in the Blockhouse – UNSW Main Campus, or from UNSW bookshop, or online.

We have a policy of employing teachers who are native speakers. All teachers will either be native speakers or have spent considerable time in a country in which the language is spoken.

All UNSWIL teachers have teaching qualifications and teaching experience.

Classes have an average of 10-12 students, with 18 being the maximum number.

The minimum age for students is 18. There is no maximum age.

UNSWIL language courses do not have formal exams or tests, but revision is conducted through a range of other methods depending on the class and the teacher.

Students should self-assess their language level before enrolling in a course by considering the number of hours they have spent studying the language prior to the course and their experience of the language (see website Level Guide for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries.

Once payment has been made you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. This will be your class confirmation. No further confirmation will be sent. If we have to cancel a class due to insufficient enrolments you will be sent a class cancellation email 1 to 2 days before the class was due to begin. 

Most courses focus on speaking and listening and the essential grammar and vocabulary required to improved verbal and aural fluency. Courses focus less on writing and reading.

Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of each level, provided they have attended at least 60% of the term. For students in levels 3,4,5 and 6, certificates will be issued at the completion of the 20-week level.   

No. Payments can be made online using a credit card.  EFTPOS is also accepted.

There is street parking on Day Avenue and streets just west of Anzac Parade. Restricted campus parking is also available in the UNSW car park on the corner of Day Ave and Anzac Parade.

The Summer short courses run in January and offer languages at Introduction level (1A and sometimes 1B). 20 hours of tuition are offered over 8 evenings (Mon-Thurs) so that a student can complete a whole level in less than 2 weeks.

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