University of Bath

Learn Arabic with the Skills Centre

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

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Develop your language and intercultural skills

Course Levels

We offer three levels in Arabic, Complete Beginner, Levantine Arabic and Lower Intermediate.

We teach Modern Standard Arabic in both courses, but some references are made to the differences between Arab dialects. If you are mainly interested in the colloquial language spoken in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel, we also offer a Levantine Arabic course.

Complete Beginner

This level is suitable for those who have never studied Arabic before.

At the end of this course you will:

  • be able to master the Arabic alphabet and sound system

  • be able to initiate social interactions by asking for basic information

  • be able to talk about yourself, education and family

  • have received an introduction to some basic cultural aspects of social interaction in the Arab world

Levantine Arabic (Complete Beginner)

This level is suitable to those who have never studied Arabic before. This course focusses on the Arabic of Levant, spoken in Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, but widely understood elsewhere. This course will concentrate on developing speaking and listening skills.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • conduct a basic conversation in Arabic

  • introduce yourself and other and how to use the appropriate greetings

  • order food and drinks

  • go shopping and buy goods

  • order in a restaurant

Lower Intermediate

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Beginner levels with us, have a GCSE or are at A1 level in the CEFR

Or if you:

  • know Arabic sounds and letters and can read short texts

  • can greet people and ask simple questions

  • can talk about family members and familiar topics

  • can differentiate between masculine and feminine nouns

  • can conjugate some frequently used verbs


The Autumn Term will start in October and enrolments will open on 18 July 2018 for Member of Public and Staff and 1 October for students. To enrol, you should select from the appropriate link for you below:

Independent Language Learning

University students or staff members can access independent language learning resources including films, books, and online resources to help you build your knowledge and language skills from the Language Learning Zone.