Centre for Continuing Education

Arabic Course 504 (Level 20)

Arabic. Learn Arabic with us.

Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This advanced course continues on the topic of Arabic media, and introduces you to a selection of classical Arabic poetry. The purpose of this course is to increase your ability to analyse Arabic texts, with focus on the media and poetic texts. Focus will also be on improving your grammar and vocabulary through various modes of coverage.


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

  • demonstrate your knowledge of classical Arabic poetry
  • read a selection of classical Arabic poetry
  • analyse and interpret a selection of classical Arabic poetry
  • understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency of everyday related language
  • describe events, feelings and wishes.


This course covers the following topics:

  • nature and scope of Arabic poetry
  • brief description to the different types of Arabic poetry
  • regular and irregular verbs in their various tenses
  • covers a variety of situations such as air travel, lost luggage and currency
  • covers passages of dialogue and extensive exercises
  • experience dealing with the media in a range of situations.

Intended audience

Suitable for C1 level students, those who have completed all levels of Arabic up to 503 or those who have completed 470 hours of recent face-to-face tuition.

Delivery style

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

Recommended reading

Alawiye, IH 2007, Gateway to Arabic: Book 7, Arabic Graphics Ltd, Greenford, UK. ISBN-10: 0954750993

Fairbairn, A, & Al-Gosaibi, G (with a foreword by Hope, AD) 1989, Feathers and the horizon: a selection of modern poetry from across the Arab world, Leros Press, Canberra ACT. ISBN-10: 0949264563

Please note

Selected Language 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.

  • Our class had a fabulous tutor. This term has been interesting and challenging. I’m looking forward to continuing Arabic with CCE
  • I have been studying with this group for a number of classes now and it is a very rewarding experience. The tutor is a gem! As well as being a highly skilled teacher of a difficult language, they were also warm, encouraging, helpful and imaginative. They kept us all interested all of the time. I am keen to continue and keep learning!
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