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Arabic courses for University of Bath students and staff

Find out about our courses and how to enrol on the right one for you.

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Develop your Arabic language and intercultural skills

We offer various courses in Arabic based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages, leading to the globally acknowledged Arabic Language Proficiency Test. The ALPT is endorsed by the Islamic Chamber of Industry and Commerce. It is also the proficiency test selected by the United Nations. Students are able to sit for the ALPT at the end of the academic year.


Our language courses aim to develop your linguistic skills and intercultural competence and enhance your employment opportunities.. You can find out more on the general information page.

The following Arabic courses are available for students and staff at the University of Bath:

Courses Availability Courses Availability
Complete Beginner Semester 1 Post Beginner Semester 2
Lower Intermediate Part 1 Semester 1 Lower Intermediate Part 2 Semester 2
ALPT Exam Preparatory Workshops Semester 2

Course descriptions

Complete Beginner (Semester 1)

This level is suitable for you if you have never studied Arabic before or if you know some basic phrases. 

Post Beginner (Semester 2)

Enrol on this course if you have completed the Complete Beginner course with us, or if you:

  • have mastered the Arabic alphabet and sound system
  • can distinguish and pronounce all Arabic sounds and write accurately from dictation
  • can use basic structures and basic vocabulary related to greetings, introductions, family, jobs and professions
  • can follow simple conversations and understand simple texts on familiar topics
  • can engage in simple conversations and write short texts on familiar topics

Lower Intermediate Part 1 (Semester 1)

Enrol on this course if you have completed the Post Beginner course with us, or if you:

  • have knowledge of vocabulary covering topics including: around the house, my city, countries and nationalities and at the market
  • can use grammatical structures such as: there is/there are and prepositional phrases
  • can engage in simple conversations and express basic opinions on a range of familiar topics
  • can understand texts about the mentioned topics
  • can write short clear, well-structured texts on various subjects

Lower Intermediate Part 2 (Semester 2)

Enrol on this course if you have completed the Lower Intermediate level Part 1 with us, or if you:

  • have knowledge of vocabulary covering a range of topics including: the number 0-100, days of the week, saying the time, giving directions, ordering food and drink, clothing and colours
  • have some knowledge of the past tense and plural forms
  • can engage in longer conversations and express opinions on a range of topics
  • can understand longer texts
  • can write clear, well-structured texts on various subjects

ALPT Exam Preparatory Workshops (Semester 2)

A set of 5 preparatory workshops is offered to all students who opt to sit for the Arabic Language Proficiency Test (ALPT). These are held in Semester 2 and run alongside the respective courses.

Course dates and times

All courses consist of 10 weekly interactive sessions delivered on campus in person (IPL = In-person learning) or remotely (LOIL = Live online interactive learning).

The timetable for Semester 1 will be published during July/August. Enrolments will open on 18 September 2024. Taster sessions will be held during the weeks of 23 and 30 September and classes will start in the week beginning 7 October 2024.

Student experience

"Khalil is an engaging and invested teacher, who makes learning Arabic fun and, dare I say, easy. I took his Spoken Arabic and Written Arabic classes and was very satisfied with how much I could read, write and understand by the end of the year. His method for teaching the Arabic alphabet is highly effective. I went from knowing none of the letters to reading paragraphs in one single term. I would strongly recommend the classes to anyone trying to learn the Levantine dialect, the Arabic alphabet, or anyone who wishes to familiarise themselves with Arab culture." (Leyla Boulakovski, MA Interpreting and Translation)

In addition to our courses, there are opportunities to develop your language and intercultural skills informally with other students through Peer Assisted Learning, Virtual Exchange and the Language Café.

Outside the classroom, we also share cultural events organised by Arabic language associations in the UK such as the British Council's Arabic Language and Culture Programme and Qatar Foundation International with our students. These events offer additional opportunities for you to develop your knowledge of Arabic language and culture.


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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