Arabic Language – now online!

25 January '21 at 6:00 pm - 26 February '21 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.

Courses are taught online via Skype, with a maximum of 12 people in each class. The learning experience is enhanced by employing a variety of digital methods including Quizlet learning tools, recording the sessions, and specially made videos to help you master the vocabulary.

Scroll down to view upcoming Arabic language courses!

Additional information for students registering for Beginners MSA

The course will use the textbook Mastering Arabic One by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, and students must purchase the book in advance of the course. Copies are available online for between £25 and £32 directly from the publisher, at Waterstones  and on Amazon.

There is also an accompanying activity book which is optional but recommended.

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dates: 25 January '21 | 1 February '21 | 8 February '21 | 15 February '21 | 22 February '21 | 1 March '21 | 8 March '21 | 15 March '21 | 22 March '21 | 29 March '21

The course is designed for absolute beginners. The course will teach and focus on a number of everyday situations such as introducing yourself, others, talking about work, and be able to describe things. Students will learn to express themselves at a basic level of communicative interaction. Students will explore the basics of Arabic written form and learn to read and write basic words and form simple sentences.

The first five weeks of the course will cover:

  • Recognise and use the Arabic alphabet
  • Be comfortable with the pronunciation of the letters
  • Understand the difference between feminine and masculine forms
  • exchange greetings
  • Introduce yourself and others
  • talk about nationality, profession, and family
  • Form simple sentences (7 essential nominal sentences)
  • Describe things like your town and objects
  • The present tense part 1

The second 5 weeks of the course will continue to explore a number of everyday situations with the main emphasis on speaking. Students will continue to explore the written form of Arabic, practicing some new sounds that are specific to Arabic language.

The second 5 weeks will cover:

  • Making polite requests
  • Explaining what belongs to who
  • Asking basic questions
  • Understand the iḍafa structure
  • The present tense

Course Book: A textbook is required to be bought separately for this course. Please buy online via the links at top of this page.



Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dates: 25 January '21 | 1 February '21 | 8 February '21 | 15 February '21 | 22 February '21

(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: 26 January '21 | 2 February '21 | 9 February '21 | 16 February '21 | 23 February '21

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: 27 January '21 | 3 February '21 | 10 February '21 | 17 February '21 | 24 February '21

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: 28 January '21 | 4 February '21 | 11 February '21 | 18 January '21 | 25 February '21

This course is suitable for those that have completed Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 or who have a good base understanding of Levantine Arabic equivalent to approximately 40 hours of learning. Please contact if you are unsure as to your suitability for this course.

 The total Module 5 course runs across 2 x 5 week blocks (i.e. Part 1 and Part 2), each costing £160.

This is a continuation course focused primarily on speaking. Verbal nouns covered are largely stylistic or ornamental, plus one new verb case (form 2) will be introduced. This module focuses on speaking a revision of previously covered topics and grammar.

Course content will include:

  • Routine activities with regular verbs – what do you usually do?
  • Ongoing activities with regular verbs – what are you doing?
  • Future activities with regular verbs – what will you do tomorrow?
  • Suggestions and preferences – making suggestions and preferences, expressing desire

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dates: 31 January '21 | 7 February '21 | 14 February '21 | 21 February '21 | 28 February '21

The course is suitable for those who have completed module 5 both parts.

Over the two parts of this course you will:

  • Make suggestions for future activities, such as travels, relocation
    ● Express desire and state preferences; I would like, I feel like and negation
    ● Talk about duties and necessities; I have to do, I must do etc
    ● Make polite and casual invitations; dinner party, birthdays or
    ● Converse using past, present and present continuous
    ● Use regular, hollow, weak and doubled verbs
    ● Talk about habits and daily activities
    ● Describe special occasions
    ● Use modal verbal nouns (forms 3-10) to indicate ability, show obligation or give permission.

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course, but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.

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:

  • Full refund (minus Stripe booking fees) if you let us know up to 2 weeks before the start date of the course
  • 50% refund (minus Stripe booking fees) 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

For every booking made on our website we have to pay Stripe a small fee. If you request a refund, this fee will be deducted from your refunded amount.

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