Once you have completed the introduction course, you are on your way to achieve your first milestone in your learning journey: level A1. In this A1.1 course all learning skills are practiced: This Arabic A1.1 course follows our unique approach of teaching Arabic the way Arabs use their language: speaking and understanding spoken Colloquial Arabic, reading and understanding Modern Standard Arabic. All learning skills are practiced: you actively practice speaking and understanding Levantine Arabic (Lebanese/Syrian), and passively learn to understand Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) by reading and translating simple texts, as well as learning practical grammar with some writing exercises. Differences in the grammar of Levantine Arabic (for speaking) and MSA are emphasised.
Course Objectives: At the end of both parts of the A1 courses (1.1 and 1.2) you will achieve the equivalent of the A1 level of the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”.
This means that you are able to:
• Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
• Easily express yourself with the verbs ‘to have’ and ‘to want’ in different daily situations.
• Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly, and is prepared to help.
• You have to know all the letters of the alphabet and be able to read words in Arabic.
• You have to know how to join the letters to form words.
• In addition to that, you will be able to work with more ease at this level if you can greet people and reply to basic formalities in Levantine Arabic, introduce yourself and others and offer and ask for a certain drink.
Homework: Learning new vocabulary and sentences, reading, listening and writing exercises. On average, students spend about 3 hours per week on their homework.
Textbook with exercises for MSA and Levantine dialect.