Basic Information

Every summer we offer a one-month intensive course in colloquial Gulf Arabic. This usually takes place in July. For the Summer of 2019 this will be from Sunday, 30th June until Thursday, 25th July.

This course is for (almost) beginners. We require that students be able to read, write, pronounce and recognize the characters of the Arabic script before they arrive. We have placed this requirement on applicants because it is possible for students to acquire this familiarity at home using one of the many ‘Teach Yourself’ courses and it allows us to move straight into teaching the language. To help students see if they are sufficiently competent in the script to benefit from the course we have devised a self-assessment.

This course concentrates on the spoken Arabic so no Modern Standard Arabic is taught. If you are interested in verbal communication with Gulf Arabs and with developing your speaking and listening skills then this course is for you. If you are interested in improving your reading and writing skills then it is not.

You will study the spoken language based on the tried and tested ‘patterns’ method used successfully in the Middle East for over thirty years.

Local native speakers will teach you everyday vocabulary and common expressions used by Arabic speakers in this part of the world, within a framework that teaches you to express yourself as Arabs would express themselves. By the end of the course students should be able to give and receive directions, use simple verbs in the past (and some in the present) and engage in very basic conversations in a few topics.