Arabic: Beginner


Course description

If you have previously taken an introduction to colloquial (informal) Arabic course or have completed Arabic: Introductory and would like to express yourself in a wider variety of everyday situations, this course will help you gain confidence in speaking. You will be encouraged to fine-tune your pronunciation, reinforce your basic knowledge and develop your communication skills. Additional material will also be introduced to expand your vocabulary. Knowledge of the Arabic alphabet is required to register for this level. Note: We recommend that you bring a recording device to class.

We encourage students to participate in our language courses more than one time in order to truly learn the material taught over 10 lessons. It also gives you additional exposure to varying activities within each topic.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Acquired and broadened the skills taught in "Arabic: Introductory" with a more structural approach.
  • Achieved a deeper knowledge of Arabic grammar, including irregular plurals
  • Started to communicate using full sentences
  • Fine-tuned their pronunciation
  • Broadened their understanding of the various Arabic cultures and dialects


Course manual will be provided in class (mandatory)

Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners by McGraw-Hill (mandatory) - available in UVic Bookstore


World Language courses are offered three times per year:

  • September (registration opens in June)
  • January (registration opens in November)
  • April (registration opens in November)

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).