Beginner Band

Novice Arabic

Course Description

Novice Arabic is the first foundation level. It is intended for learners with no or very limited knowledge of Arabic script. The course activities and materials introduce the Arabic script in the context of basic communication functions.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, learners will develop the following Arabic script skills:

  • recognizing and articulate Arabic letters and sounds
  • reading and writing words and phrases in authentic simple texts such as bills, receipts, business cards, product labels, and street signs
  • reading print and handwritten simple texts
  • filling simple forms and writing short sentences in situations that require basic exchange of information

Also, learners will develop vocabulary, expressions and basic language structures to communicate at a basic level in the following situations:

  • greeting and asking about personal information
  • introducing oneself and family
  • telling the time
  • asking permissions
  • asking about street directions
  • setting appointments
  • getting food delivery
  • getting service in a coffee shop or a restaurant
  • shopping and handling money and prices

Pre-elementary Arabic

Course Description

The course activities and materials in this level help learners to develop their oral and written communicative proficiency to communicate in a variety of everyday situations. Also, the course helps learners to develop speed reading to handle longer chunks of written texts fluently as well as composing short written texts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners will develop vocabulary, expressions and basic language structures to communicate at a basic level in the following situations:

  • asking about and telling personal information, personal possessions and express ownership
  • describing where they live (rooms and flats) and asking and talking about places in the neighborhood
  • asking about and telling dates on a calendar, telling time and setting meetings
  • talking about your routine, habits, hobbies, leisure time activities, likes and dislikes
  • describing destinations and transport
  • shopping for food and asking about and telling prices of things
  • making and responding to offerings

Also, learners will develop the following reading and writing skills:

  • interpreting simple prints used for written communication, such as business cards, signposts and entries in a work schedule
  • interpreting handwritten items in inventories and shopping lists
  • identifying the gist and the detailed information of short descriptive passages related to simple communicative situations, such as posts in social media, shopping websites and blog posts
  • extracting information from simple authentic texts such as adverts, infographics, emails, statistics, posters, event flyers and seasonal sales leaflets
  • filling simple forms and writing short descriptive paragraphs