The introductory course Arabic Beginners is for absolute beginners who want to start learning the Arabic language. The course puts equal emphasis on developing general language skills (speaking, vocabulary and grammar) and learning the Arabic script.
At the end of this beginners course, you will have mastered the entire Arabic alphabet and are able to read whole sentences. You will know how to greet people and to ask and answer simple questions in singular forms of the present tense.
The variety of Arabic that is taught in this beginners course is Standard Arabic, which is the language understood in all Arab countries and the variety used in the media.
The course is taught using the Bite-Size Arabic textbook and website, together with other materials developed specially by UvA Talen instructors. Bite-Size Arabic teaches you how to read and write in Arabic even though you have only mastered the tiniest amount of vocabulary and grammar.
The course material is written in English, so a basic understanding of English is needed.
Schedule and registration
This course can also be taken as an intensive summer course.