Centre for Continuing Education

Arabic Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This course covers the basics of the Arabic language including numbers, genders and greetings, while introducing some basic elements of writing. It follows the prescribed text to allow easy reference and practise between sessions. No prior knowledge of the language is required.


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

  • recognise all characters of the Modern Standard Arabic alphabet and other special characters
  • pronounce properly the guttural sounds that aren’t found in European and English languages
  • differentiate between long vowels and short vowels (written and oral)
  • differentiate between sounds that seem similar for non-native speakers
  • recognise the varying shapes of each letter depending on its position in the word
  • employ approximately 750 words and several phrases
  • speak and understand basic greetings in your formal and colloquial forms
  • read and write simple short sentences and phrases.


This course covers the following topics:

  • greetings
  • letters – alif, baa, taa, and thaa
  • short vowels – fatHa, damma, and kasra
  • long vowels – aa, uu, ii
  • connecting and non-connecting letters
  • Jiim, haa, khaa, waaw, and yaa
  • short vowels – sukoon
  • Hamza, daal, raa, zaay, siin,shiin, saad, daad
  • the Shadda
  • Taa, Dhaa, A’ayn, ghayn, faa, qaaf, kaaf, laam
  • the laam alif
  • Miim, nuun and haa
  • the alif laam
  • the dagger alif
  • numbers 1-10
  • writing one letter particles
  • using the dictionary
  • Hadritak and Hadritik
  • meeting people
  • introductions
  • gender
  • addressing people
  • ItfaDaal and ItfaDaali
  • expressing feelings
  • visiting people.

Intended audience

Suitable for beginner A1 level students. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed text

Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds (3rd Edition 2010) by Brustad et al., Georgetown University Press, ISBN: 9781589016323.

Based on Chapters 1-8 of the above text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practise between meetings.

Textbooks should only be purchased after confirmation is received from us. This usually occurs up to five days prior to commencement.

Suggested textbook suppliers


Language Book Centre

Take your enrolment confirmation and a copy of this page to the Language Book Centre to receive a 10% discount off the price of the recommended text.

Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

What others say.

  • I really enjoy learning with this tutor, who always made time to answer our questions – and the lessons were well structured and paced. I like how the tutor went through each of the drills with us as a class, making it easier for us to follow and less confusing if we were to do so on our own.

  • The tutor was fantastic! I loved the teaching style which made it very easy to learn a foreign language. I hope to have the same tutor in future classes.

  • The tutor was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. The class was fun and I learnt a lot. All in all, a wonderful experience.

  • This course had a respectful and patient teacher who was very inclusive of all students and has a genuine personal warmth which is so helpful to this professional role. Was also very knowledgeable and competent and I really enjoyed the course.

  • This course had a great tutor who balanced Arabic letters, everyday phrases and cultural understandings quite well.

  • Challenging and interesting course. It is quite amazing how much you can learn in 20 hours only! The lecturer had a good sense of humour and made the classes entertaining as well.

  • We had a wonderful tutor, I was so happy with the teaching methods that I’m about to book in for my next class! Thank you again.

  • It was an awesome experience to study the Arabic course with CCE at the University of Sydney with an experienced and a fun-loving tutor.

  • A fantastic teacher. I have studied languages with other institutions and teachers and they are by far the best. They made the environment fun and comfortable which made it so much easier to learn. Would highly recommend this course to others.

Arabic Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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What others say.

  • Really enjoyed this class. The subject matter was covered in detail by an excellent tutor with excellent knowledge and teaching skills.
  • The tutor was one of the best teachers I've ever had. The class was fun and I learnt a lot. All in all, a wonderful experience.
  • Challenging and interesting course. It is quite amazing how much you can learn in 20 hours only! The lecturer had a good sense of humour and made the classes entertaining as well.
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