Arabic Beginners 1

This course is an introduction to Arabic for any student wishing to learn the language for business, travel or everyday use. Students will develop skills to use in conversation, reading, listening and writing.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners (2nd ed.), Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar, McGraw Hill (2010)


Nine sessions that aim to build general basic comprehension and communication skills in elementary Arabic.


Conversational Arabic and an introduction to cultural practices and taboos, together with a focus on clear explanations of basic language principles.


  • Arabic alphabet, writing, customs and etiquette
  • Identifying a language
  • Introducing oneself (1)
  • Getting to know others
  • Counting (0-100)
  • Communicating on the classroom
  • Identifying other languages and nationalities
  • Naming countries
  • Using street and academic register- formal and informal greetings
  • Introducing oneself (2)
  • Give/ask for information
  • Times of the day


  • Awareness of reading right to left
  • Pronunciation of Arabic alphabet
  • Word order- where to place the adjective
  • Common verbs and tense
  • Words which indicate noun type- eg ‘bih’ which shows that the noun is an object
  • How to form adverbs
  • Difference between ‘street’ and academic’ register.


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

  1. Speak clearly and be understood in basic Arabic- in particular using well-rehearsed phrases to talk about themselves and exchange basics with others.
  2. Demonstrate the skills, language and attitudes required for further study of Arabic.


Abbey's Language Book Centre, 131 York Street Sydney, Ph: 9267 1397 |

Please note that textbook cost is not included in the course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any textbooks. We therefore suggest you purchase your textbooks closer to the time of the course commencing.


If you are a new WEA Student and enrol into a language class and subsequently find that you are at the wrong level (whether too high or too low), you are permitted to transfer into another more suitable class at no additional cost, provided that the request is made within the first two classes and is in writing from your tutor directly to the Education Manager. After that point, an administration fee of $30 will apply.

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