• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 22 weeks
  • School: Humanities

Arabic is the official language in over 20 countries, learn it from scratch or develop your skills on this Languages for All, evening course.

Arabic is the official language in over 20 countries, learn it from scratch or develop your skills on this Languages for All, evening course.

Why study Arabic?

Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries and is spoken by over 300 million native speakers who are mainly concentrated in the Middle East. It is also an official language of the United Nations, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference, and the African Union.

There are many intercultural and financial incentives for learning Arabic. With the importance of the Middle East in international affairs, it is increasingly important to be familiar with the Arabic language and culture. Those who study Arabic can find careers in various fields: journalism, business and industry, education, finance and banking, translation and interpretation, consulting, foreign service and intelligence, and many others.

These courses will enable you to discover not only the language but also literature, cuisine, art, music etc. which are an integral part of the cultural heritage of the pan-Arab world.

Arabic is an official language in the following countries:

  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen

Languages for All at Dundee

This course is part of the Languages for All programme at Dundee, offering everyone the opportunity to study a language, whether for personal or professional reasons.

Classes are taught in the evening and you can choose from a wide range of languages, many of which are available at different levels.

Visit the Languages website for the full list of languages available.

Benefits of studying with us include use of library facilities with language-specific support material, and our Languages Film Club.


University of Dundee Students ...

If you are a student at the University of Dundee, you can also join a Languages for All course:

  • undergraduates on many degrees can take an accredited, 22-week, Languages for All course in place of one of their 20-credit modules, at Levels 1 & 2, and there is no cost,
  • postgraduates studying an MLitt (masters) degree, if you need to acquire or improve your foreign language skills to enhance your postgraduate studies, (e.g. to read texts in a native language), then you can enrol on a Languages for All course at no cost,
  • all students can enrol on Languages for All courses in additional to their main area of study, at the student rates.

Study Options

22 weeks accredited study

You study for two semesters (22 weeks), and complete formal assessments.

On successful completion you receive a University of Dundee Certificate in Modern Languages, worth 20 credits at SCQF Levels 7/8.

Accredited classes are eligible for a Part-Time Free grant from SAAS depending on your circumstances.


Year Long Courses

Beginners - Stage 1 - from September Thursday 5.30 - 7.30 pm
Lower Intermediate - Stage 2 - from September Wednesday 5.30 - 7.30 pm

Find out more

Use the tabs at the top of the page to find out more:

  • Course content is on the "What You'll Study" tab.
  • Find out which level of study would suit you on the "Entry Requirements" tab.
  • Check the "Fees & Funding" tab above for details of the fees for these options, and grants available. 
  • How to pay information is given on the "Your Application" tab.

Related Courses

The full course last for 22 weeks, starting in September.

Find out more below about the content of the different stages.

Our emphasis is on:

  • fostering communicative competence,
  • linguistic knowledge, and
  • intercultural awareness

Speaking in class is our main priority, but reading, listening and writing skills are also taught, using authentic audio and written materials and on-line resources.

Course Content


  • Introducing oneself and others
  • greetings
  • telephone numbers
  • names of objects
  • alphabet
  • long vowels
  • numbers
  • counting objects
  • shopping
  • buying food and drink
  • dates and times
  • getting around
  • transport and travel
  • people and things
  • place and location
  • houses and buildings
  • making plans for the weekend
  • describing things
  • making comments
  • making/receiving a telephone call etc.

Grammar: Present tense, negation; question words; pronouns; adjectives and position, nouns and gender; prepositions; common adverbs; awareness of formal and informal usage; imperative, past tense.

Learning outcomes

  • communicate simply in the spoken language in a range of everyday situations in such a way that basic daily requirements can be met
  • understand some specific details of simple everyday aural messages
  • read and write simple sentences in Arabic script(s)
  • understand some of the basic features of the system of the language
  • develop some insight into the Arabic culture/script and socio-cultural conventions

Course Content


  • Inviting
  • expressing volition and making appointments
  • talking about self, family and events
  • talking about daily routine and plans
  • requests and orders
  • having things done
  • giving directions
  • asking and refusing permission
  • describing what people are doing and where they live
  • expressing desire
  • preference, likes and dislikes,
  • talking about health etc.

Grammar: Revision/introduction of: the present, past; negation; pronouns (personal, demonstrative, possessive); interrogation; possessive and demonstrative adjectives; agreements between nouns and adjectives; number and gender of nouns; a range of prepositions; adverbs and some adverbial phrases of time and place; conjunctions; formal and informal usage. Future tense.

Learning outcomes

  • communicate satisfactorily in the spoken language in a range of simple everyday social and transactional situations
  • understand the main points and specific details of simple aural messages
  • recognise and use the basic features of the grammatical system of the language
  • develop some understanding of the Arabic culture(s)/script and socio-cultural conventions
  • read and write short passages using some basic grammatical forms and structures

If you are taking this as an accredited course, there are several formal assessments, which include a reading/writing portfolio, a listening test and an oral assessment.

There are no assessments if you are registered on the non-accredited course.

You can progress from stage 1 Arabic to stage 2 Arabic.

Use this checklist to assess your current language skills to help you decide which stage is best for you.

Be honest and realistic!  If you start in a class which is at too low a level, you may get bored and frustrated.  If you join a class which is at too high a level, you may struggle to keep up.

Stage 1

Do you have little or no knowledge of the language? AND

  • would like to gain a University Certificate at the end of the course? AND / OR
  • know only some simple phrases such as ‘Hello/Goodbye / How are you?/Please, Thank you/Excuse me’? AND / OR
  • can introduce yourself and talk simply about your self/ family? e.g. 'I am a student, I live in Dundee'... etc.

If you answered YES to most of these questions this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Stage 2

Have you already learned some of this language either at school or a previous adult education class? AND

  • can you talk about your likes and dislikes?: 'I don’t like white wine, I prefer beer' . . . etc.
  • are you familiar with numbers up to at least 100?
  • can you order food and drinks in a restaurant, ask for tickets or book a room/table?, e.g. 'I would like to book a table for 7.30 tonight'
  • can you write a holiday postcard?
  • do you have a basic knowledge of grammatical structures?

If you answered YES to most of these questions in addition to those for Stage 1, this is the right level for you!

If you know more than this, proceed to the next Stage.

Not sure?

If you are still unsure, please Contact Us.

Fees for courses starting in the academic year 2019/20

Module Fee - £303 (no concessions available)

* Students taking 20 credits in Languages for All as part of their degrees/pathways do not have to pay LfA fees in addition to their main tuition fees.

Part-Time Fee Grant

A Part-time Fee Grant is available if your personal income is £25,000 or less a year or you are in receipt of certain benefits. This Grant only applies to modules that are credit bearing (accredited languages modules – 20 credits) where the student completes a minimum of 30 credits in the academic year. This means choosing the continuous assessments option over both semesters in one academic year. Further information and an application form can be found at:


The only way to enrol in a Language for All course at Dundee is:


Online via the University's secure online store www.buyat.dundee.ac.uk from July.

It is advisable to enrol early to avoid disappointment.  Only receipt of payment guarantees a place on the course.


Students will be emailed to set up their virtual learning account called MyDundee. Upon completion of the matriculation task (all details will be emailed) students will have access to course materials, updates and the University of Dundee library. A University of Dundee student card can also be issued once a photo is sent to the Enquiry Centre.


Cancellations & Refunds

We reserve the right to cancel classes when enrolments are insufficient.

Where more than one class is offered in the same language at the same level, we reserve the right to merge classes if numbers fall short of the minimum requirements.

We have a strict no refund policy.

A refund will only be possible if the course has been over-subscribed, is cancelled or the date of withdrawal from the course precedes the start date of the course. 

Refunds will also be made if withdrawn on medical grounds. All claims for refunds must be made in writing to the School of Humanities and supported by medical evidence. 

An administration charge of £10 will apply if conditions are not met.