UNSW Institute of Languages

Courses

Arabic

Arabic is spoken by more than 250 million people around the world. The course will cover Modern Standard Arabic, which is the shared written form of the language, alongside Levantine dialect, which is the spoken form used in day-to-day interactions in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine-Israel. Levantine is also one of the most widely understood spoken forms throughout the Arabic speaking world thanks to the wide distribution of its 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.

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.

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.

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..

We recommend that you refer to the Level Guide to select the most suitable level. If you need further help selecting a level, please contact our Enquiries staff on 9385 0555 or enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

Please note that it is not always possible to transfer into a different level after enrolling.

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

Term 4 Evening Courses

Level 1A
Thursday October 11 - Tuesday December 13, 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 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington
AUD $390
Level 1B
Tuesday October 16 - Tuesday December 11, 2018 (starting week 2)
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 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2B
Wednesday October 17 – Wednesday December 12, 2018 (starting week 2)
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 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington
AUD $390

Languages - FAQs

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

We offer 6 levels of progression, which are divided into modules A and B. These are: Beginners (1A & 1B), Elementary (2A & 2B), Lower Intermediate (3A & 3B), Intermediate (4A & 4B), Upper Intermediate (5A & 5B), and Advanced (6A & 6B). Level 6B is an open-ended level that can continue indefinitely – some level 6 classes have been running for over 20 years!

The levels offered for each language vary from term to term and language to language. We are able to offer most levels for more popular languages, while levels for other languages are usually more limited. Check under the Dates and Fees tab the language you want to study to find out which levels are currently available.

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term.

Course books are chosen by language teachers. Check under the Level Guide tab of each language for more information.

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

No. We strongly encourage you to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought from UNSW bookshop (UNSW main campus, building E15), Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney) or online. 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.

We prefer to employ 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.

Our teachers have at least one teaching qualification and teaching experience.

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

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

Our 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.

You 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 (check information under the Level Guide tab for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries on 9385 0555 or enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au

Once payment has been made, you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. Please refer to the course dates, times and location details shown under the Dates and Fees tab in order to avoid missing the course start date. 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.

Yes. Students who have applied for a course that is cancelled will receive a refund which may take up to 3 weeks to process. We often contact you first to see if you would like to transfer into another level before we officially withdraw your application and process your refund. For further information, please refer to our Conditions of Enrolment..

Yes. Online applications close at the end of week 3 of each term. However, it’s always best to apply as early as possible as we cancel classes that do not receive enough applications.

Most of our 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.

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.

2018 term timetable

Part-time Evening

Note that evening classes are offered one evening per week. Check the Dates & Fees tab for the evening each course is offered for the upcoming term.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 5 Feb (Mon) - 8 Feb (Thurs) 16 April (Mon)
Term 2 30 Apr (Mon) – 3 May (Thurs) 9 July (Mon)
Term 3 23 July (Mon) – 26 July (Thurs) 27 September (Thurs)
Term 4 8 Oct (Mon) – 11 Oct (Thurs) 13 December (Thurs)

Part-time Saturday

Note that Saturday classes are offered one morning per week. Check the Dates and Fees tab for the list of courses offered for the upcoming term.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 3 Feb 14 April
Term 2 5 May 7 July
Term 3 28 July 29 September
Term 4 13 October 15 December

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