The course will be taught by Ibrahim Othman, who graduated from the University of Damascus having studied Arabic and Islamic studies, and has a Masters in applied linguistics from University of London (Birkbeck). Ibrahim has several years’ experience of teaching Arabic at a variety of levels, both in his native Syria and in the UK with large City firms.  Each course costs £150 and your place will be confirmed once payment is complete. All courses are taught at the Arab British Centre in Central London. Scroll down for the descriptions and contents of the courses.

If you have any questions about which level is most suitable for you,  please feel free to contact us. When emailing us about these courses, please make sure to indicate which dates/times you wish to join (if applicable).


Levantine Spoken Arabic Beginners Module 1 - 6 August - 3rd Sept 2018 - 6-8 pm| 5 weeks | Fee: £150

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Pushkin House 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
Dates: 6 August  | 13 August | 20th August | 27 August | 3rd Sept 2018

(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. He will use “Ahla wa Sahla”, a functional course in spoken Arabic.

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 texts
  • telling the time
  • directions


  • The alphabet (Part one)
  • Personal and possessive pronouns
  • Nouns (masculine and feminine)
  • Adjectives
  • Idafa
  • Negation
  • Expressing possession 2: to own إلي & عندي
  • Plurals (regular


Levantine Spoken Arabic Beginners Module 2 - 7 August - 4th Sept 2018 | 6-8 pm | 5 weeks | Fee: £150

(Levantine Arabic refers generally to colloquial Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian and Palestinian Arabic.)

Levantine Arabic Beginners 2nd module 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:


• Ordering food and drink

• Booking a room, ordering room service

• In the taxi

• Describing things and people

• Expressing possession 1: Idafa structure

• Expressing possession 2: to own إلي & عندي

• Expressing ownership 3: to have with مع

• Expressing belonging to me, to you تبع

• Talking about and describing various hotel facilities

• Ordinal Numbers: Where do I live?

• Shopping

• Numbers100 to 900

• At the hotel


  • Past tense
  • The alphabet part One
  • 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

Entry level:

Language level requirement: 10 - 20 hours of previous Arabic study

Get in touch with us before booking module 2

Levantine Spoken Arabic Beginners Module 3/ Conversation class- 9 August - 6 Sept 2018 - 6-8 pm | 5 weeks | Fee: £150



When do the courses run?

We run courses three times a year, January – March, April – June and September – November. We also offer Arabic tuition in London throughout the year to individuals and organisations on one to one private tuition or small groups. Get in touch and tailor your course.

Can I book now and pay later?

No, your place on the course will only be confirmed upon receipt of the course fee in full.

How can I sign up for a class?

To sign up for a class, simply click on the "book now" button and fill out the form

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept cheques and bank transfers, payment is required to confirm your place on the course, but please check there is availability before processing payment.

What are your refund policy and cancellations?

Our rules on refunds are:

  • 75%  of the course fee will be refunded if you let us know more than 30 days before the course start date.
  • 50% of the course fee will be refunded if you let us know within 10 – 30 days before the course start date.
  • No refund will be given if you let us know fewer than 10 days before the course start date.

In addition, once you have committed to, and paid for, a course, and commenced lessons no refund will be provided,

Do you have a minimum number to run the course?

We do our best for every course to go ahead but Yes, there is a minimum number for the course to be run and if we don't have a sufficient number of participants, the course will be postponed (will not run) to the next set of classes. 

You will be transferred automatically to the next course if we don't have the minimum number of students for the course to be run. We will give you heads up if the course doesn't run and inform as soon as possible.