Centre for Continuing Education

Arabic Course 504 (Level 20)

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If you want to learn to speak Arabic, our Arabic classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn Arabic language and culture. Learn Arabic the smart way with Arabic courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

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

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


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their knowledge of classical Arabic poetry.
  2. Read a selection of classical Arabic poetry.
  3. Analyse and interpret a selection of classical Arabic poetry.
  4. Understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency of everyday related language.
  5. 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

This course is 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 and Culture 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.