Arabic Language – now online!

13 July '20 at 6:00 pm - 13 August '20 at 8:00 pm

Our Arabic language classes are taught by Ibrahim Othman who has several years’ experience of teaching Arabic at a variety of levels, both in his native Syria and in the UK.

Each in-person course costs £155 and your place will be confirmed once payment is complete. Scroll down for the descriptions and contents of the courses.

Please note: due to the Covid-19 crisis and the resulting closure of the Arab British Centre, all our Arabic group classes are now being held online via Skype. Each online course costs £140 and has the same content as the classes which would have been held at the Centre.

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dates: 13 July '20 | 20 July '20 | 27 July '20 | 3 August '20 | 10 August '20

(Levantine Arabic refers generally to colloquial Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian and Palestinian Arabic.)

Levantine Spoken Arabic Beginners Module 1 aims to provide students with basic communicative skills through a variety of everyday settings and enable participants to introduce themselves and to conduct short conversations.

The classes are dynamic and interactive with an emphasis on spoken communication and interaction. This is achieved through pair and group work, simulations and role-plays, and it is supported by systematic work on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

How will I be taught? The course will be taught using English transliteration with an introduction to the Arabic alphabet. The teacher will provide all the materials for the course, using a variety of resources.

Entry level: This course is aimed at students who have studied or know a little bit of Levantine Arabic and is suitable for those who are absolute beginners too.


  • Greetings and introduction
  • Jobs
  • Family and marital status
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Describing countries
  • Describing places and things
  • Numbers 1-100
  • Telling the time
  • Ordering food and drink
  • Reading basic text
  • Directions


  • The alphabet (Part one)
  • Personal and possessive pronouns
  • Nouns (masculine and feminine)
  • Adjectives
  • Idafa
  • Negation
  • Dual and feminine standard plural
  • Expressing possession 1: to own  معي & عندي

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dates: 14 July '20 | 21 July '20 | 28 July '20 | 4 August '20 | 11 August '20

Levantine Arabic Beginners Module 2 aims at providing students with communicative opportunities to enable them to conduct short conversations to make bookings, ask and talk about possessions, shop for items and describe them through class activities. It is a continuation from the first module to enable students to converse in a basic everyday situation as well as being introduced to the Arabic alphabet.

The course contents:


  • Booking a room
  • Talking about past events
  • Taking the taxi
  • Shopping
  • Describing things and people
  • Expressing possession 2: Idafa structure
  • Expressing ownership 3: to have with إلي
  • Expressing belonging to me, to you تبع
  • Talking about and describing various hotel facilities
  • Numbers 100 to 900


  • Past tense
  • The alphabet part two
  • Question words: Who. what, which
  • Demonstrative article
  • Positional language and directions

A number of verbs using the present tense, I would like to have, to work, to eat, to drink, to book, to buy

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dates: 15 July '20 | 22 July '20 | 29 July '20 | 5 August '20 | 12 August '20

This is a continuation course of our Levantine Spoken Arabic Level 2 and develops aspects of Arabic Language particularly speaking, pronunciation and listening. It’s suitable for those who have completed Levantine Spoken Level 1 and 2 (20 hours in total) or who have prior/basic knowledge of Arabic. Students are expected to be able to understand and held basic conversations in spoken Arabic.

Spoken Arabic Module 3 course will cover: 

  • Speaking activities in order to be able to express opinion about work, travel and hobbies using vocabulary related to these topics.
  • Daily routine activities using the present tense and expanding your vocabulary
  • Learn some of most common idiomatic phrases
  • Being able to hold a more advanced conversation with more emphasis on speaking. The classes will be recorded and passed on to all participants, this will help them revise the sessions and become more accurate in their pronunciation.
  • Advanced grammar – such as active particle, past & present tenses (irregular cases), broken plurals and adjectives.


  • Counting items
  • Holidays
  • Work
  • Expressing feelings ( like and dislike)
  • Going out and daily activities

Teaching Method:

  • Interactive speaking method
  • Translation and equivalence
  • Sessions are supported by audio


By the end of this course you will:

Have a greater knowledge of spoken Arabic grammar and hold more advance conversation as the course will focus mainly and aim to improve speaking skill such expressing your option in smoking, travelling and shopping.

The course will improve accuracy in pronunciation and gain confidence communicating more easily.

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dates: 16 July '20 | 23 July '20 | 30 July '20 | 6 August '20 | 13 August '20

This course is suitable for those that have completed Modules 1, 2 and 3, or who have a good base understanding of Levantine Arabic equivalent to approximately 30 hours of learning. Please contact if you are unsure as to your suitability for this course.

The total Module 4 course runs across 2 x 5 week blocks (i.e. Part 1 and Part 2), each costing £140. It does not matter which order you do Part 1 or Part 2 in, due to the nature of the course being focused on practising your speaking.

The course aims at providing students with communicative opportunities to enable them to engage in interactive activities. Class instructions are mostly delivered in Arabic language however a mixture of Arabic and English will be employed to introduce new grammatical topics.

Students are encouraged to participate in drilling practice when needed, in addition to pair work and group work.


Overview of course contents

Themes and Functions:

  • Shopping for clothes
  • Describing things and people
  • Talking about past events
  • Talking about previous occupation
  • Talking about when you arrived
  • Talking about some periods of time in the past


  • Active participle
  • Past tense of regular, hollow and weak verbs
  • Modals and prepositions in the past
  • Negation in verbal and non-verbal sentences
  • Yes/No question maker
  • Verb to work (Form VIII)
  • Conjugation of verb to become


  • Colours
  • Fabrics
  • Patterns
  • Clothing items
  • Months and expressions of time
  • Seasons

Various expressions of ‘no’



If you have any questions about which level is most suitable for you, you can take an optional Arabic fluency entry test, you can call us on 02078321310 or drop us a line at When calling or emailing us about these courses, please make sure to indicate which dates/times you wish to join (if applicable).

When do the courses run? We run courses three times a year, January – March, April – June and September – November.

Can I book a place and pay later? No, your place on the course will only be confirmed on receipt of the course fee in full.

How can I sign up to a course? What methods of payment do you accept? Please book for courses on our website above or call the Arab British Centre to pay by card over the phone.

What is your refund policy? Our courses rely on meeting minimum numbers to run, and are often over-subscribed, so the sooner you let us know you’ve changed your mind the better. We can then open your place up to someone else. Our rules on refunds are:

  • 100% refund if you let us know up to 2 weeks before the start date of the course
  • 50% refund if you let us know 8-13 days before the start date of the course
  • no refund if you let us know 1 week or less before the start of the course

What happens if you cancel the course? We will endeavour to ensure courses are not cancelled but if this does happen we will contact you as quickly as we can to let you know and to arrange a full refund.

Please contact us if you have any further questions on 020 78321310 or