Modern Standard Arabic

Applications for courses running in academic year 2019/20 are now CLOSED

Modern Standard Arabic courses for adults

 

The longest-established part-time Modern Standard Arabic courses in Oxford for adults.

Classes are held at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on Marston Road and for Levels 1a and 1b we now also offer online options. Each level aims to develop students' reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and covers a variety of personal, social, cultural, and political topics. The course tutor will set assignments during the term and provide feedback and assessment on each student's progress. (See below for further details.) The courses follow a largely communicative approach to learning the Arabic language and culture, whereby students are exposed to the structure and vocabulary through texts, audio-visual material and conversation, however instruction on grammatical topics will be regularly incorporated in order to deliver a comprehensive understanding of the language at each level. Students will also be introduced to various cultural elements relating to the Arab world, including food, dress, festivals, traditions, etiquette, and other cultural practices.

Levels: The course for each level comprises 20 weekly classes spread over three terms: Michaelmas (Oct-Dec 2020), Hilary (Jan-March 2021), and Trinity (April-May 2021). The first two terms will focus largely on understanding the structure and use of the language, whereas the third term will concentrate primarily on implementing the vocabulary and grammar through an array of speaking and listening activities. 

If you are applying for levels 1b (in person or online), 2, 3 or 4, you will be asked to take a Placement Test to assist the Course Tutor in assessing language abilities. (See bottom of the page for details.) Please note that acceptance on any course is always subject to the approval of the Course Tutor and subject to various factors, including class sizes. 

Cost: £330 per course (i.e. three terms, 40 hour course) or £300 per course (c.10% discount) for members of the University of Oxford.

Tutor: Mrs Sara Youssef

Course Timings: Please note all timings given below are subject to change, applicants will be informed of any proposed changes before the start of the term. If you have any questions about course timings please contact the Academic Office on msa@oxcis.ac.uk

Course Location: Classes will take place in the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies building on Marston Road OX3 0EE.


Level 1a – Complete beginners

Course description

This course is designed for students who have no, or very little, previous knowledge or exposure to the Arabic language. In the first term, students will be taught how to read, write and accurately pronounce the Arabic script. The second term will cover the foundations of forming basic sentences in Arabic. The course will cover topics including: greetings and introductions, describing people and objects, ordering at a restaurant, friends and family, work and the workplace, and travelling. By the end of the second term students should have reached Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Please note that once you have chosen your course delivery type - in person or online - you will not be able to change this part way through a course except in exceptional circumstances.

Course books:

Arabic for Life [Yale University Press, ISBN: 9780300141313]

Timings: Mondays 12.00pm-2.00pm (Online) or 6.00pm-8.00pm (Marston Road)


START DATE: Monday 12th October 2020


Level Arabic 1b – Elementary

Course description

This course is designed for beginner students who have little, or no knowledge of Arabic grammar or conversation but who can write and read the script (without comprehension). The first term will cover the foundations of forming basic sentences in Arabic. Term 2 will build on these skills and will introduce students to more complex ways of talking about themselves and other subjects. It will also introduce students to using an Arabic root dictionary. The course will cover topics including: greetings and introductions, describing people and objects, ordering at a restaurant, friends and family, work and the workplace, and travelling, talking about the past and present. By the end of the second term students should have reached Level A1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Please note that once you have chosen your course delivery type - in person or online - you will not be able to change this part way through a course except in exceptional circumstances.

Course books:

Arabic for Life [Yale University Press, ISBN: 9780300141313]

Timings: Tuesdays 12.00pm – 2.00pm (Online) or 6.00pm-8.00pm (Marston Road)

START DATE: Tuesday 13th October 2020


Level 2 – Lower intermediate

Course description

This course is designed for students who have knowledge of basic Arabic grammar and have a good basic vocabulary. Students will be expected to enrich these skills and develop their written and spoken communicative abilities by exploring different subjects and topics, and grammatical constructs. Term 1 will focus on expanding students' vocabulary relating to personal and social topics, and will introduce them to more complex ways of expressing their thoughts. The second term will build on these skills and expose students to various forms of written and recorded media. Topics will include: work-life and academia, TV and media, family, hopes and dreams, expressing opinions, time and quantifiers. By the end of the second term students should have reached Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

Course books:

Arabic for Life [Yale University Press, ISBN: 9780300141313]
Hans Wehr Root Dictionary

Timings: Wednesdays 6.00pm-8.00pm


START DATE: Wednesday 14th October 2020


Level 3 – Intermediate

Course description

This course is designed for students who have sound knowledge of the foundations of Arabic grammar and have a good repertoire of frequently used vocabulary. Students will improve these skills and develop their written and spoken communicative abilities by exploring different contexts and subjects. Term 1 will introduce students to different verbal forms and their nuances and will hone students' dictionary skills, as well as aiding them in expressing their opinion about social and political issues. The second term will continue with the study of verb forms and their uses, along with other more complex structures, and will introduce students to some well-known literary figures from the Arab world. By the end of the second term students should have reached Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course books:

Arabic for Life [Yale University Press, ISBN: 9780300141313]
Hans Wehr Root Dictionary 
Modern Standard Arabic Grammar by M.T. Alhawary (Optional)

Timings: Thursdays 6.00-8.00pm

START DATE: Thursday 15th October 2020


Level 4 – Upper-intermediate

Course description

This course is designed for students who have sound knowledge of Arabic grammar and are able to express themselves coherently in Modern Standard Arabic. Students will further hone their written and spoken skills and adapt them to communicate on a variety of subjects. Students will be exposed to different texts and audio-visual material through which they will acquire and explore more complex structures and expand their vocabulary on a range of personal, social, historical, cultural and political topics. By the end of the second term students should have reached Level B1+/B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course books:

Al-Kitaab 2 (Second Edition)
Hans Wehr Root Dictionary 

Timings: Fridays 6.00-8.00pm

START DATE: Friday 16th October 2020

 

TO APPLY: Please complete the registration form.

TO PAY: You will be invited to pay by bank transfer once the Course Tutor has confirmed your acceptance to your chosen course level. Please note that if you have attended one of the courses before you will be expected to make full payment before your first lesson. For those joining for the first time you are entitled to pay the full amount after your first lesson (but before your second lesson) so you can make sure the course is right for you. In the unlikely event that you decide not to continue after the first lesson there is no charge. Bank transfers should be made at least one working day before the first or second lesson (whichever is applicable as indicated above). Alternatively, by prior arrangement, you may make payment by credit/debit card (Visa and MasterCard) in the 30 mins before the start of the first lesson by which the payment is due. Credit card payments are not available remotely at the present time so this option is not available for those enrolling on the online teaching version of levels 1a and 1b.


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Students applying for levels 1b, 2, 3 or 4 will be sent a Placement Test (including audio file) to assist the course tutor in assessing language abilities. Course places are limited. Some arrangements may be subject to change. Students will be informed of any changes before the start of the term. For all enquiries, please contact the Academic Office.

The Academic Office
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Marston Road
Oxford OX3 0EE
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 618543, 618500; Fax: +44 (0) 1865 248942
Email:
msa@oxcis.ac.uk