Survival Arabic B


Second semester Register

(1) OT: date of placement test

(2) Where? In the "Where?" column you will find the name of the room or auditorium where the course takes place. You will find detailed info in the "Where to find us?" section.

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Content information

Starting level:

  • You have successfully completed Survival Arabic A or you will take the orientation test in the first class.
  • You recognise connected and isolated letters of the Arabic alphabet.
  • You can write simple and familiar basic words, at a slow speed and with support, and you can recognise familiar words in non-vocalised writing.
  • You can get by in situations of greeting, meeting, visiting, ordering a drink. You can ask for directions to a public building and you can introduce your family and colleagues in a simple manner.
  • You know a few basic verbs in the simple present singular, the assimilation of the article, a simple negative or affirmative sentence and a question, the suffix in possessive use (without cases)
  • You recognise the gender of nouns.

Objective: The UCT offers interactive classes which allow you to quickly expand your basic knowledge of spoken Arabic.


  • You learn to have short conversations on general themes such as house and furniture, professions, countries and capitals, customs, tea parties, health and illness, education, work.
  • You start from communicative actions such as introducing yourself, exchanging personal information, expressing wishes, thanking and refusing, formulating presence or absence, offering items, giving someone your regards, counting, asking or ordering, signaling a problem in the hotel room.
  • You can function socially on a survival level in situations of welcoming, spatial orientation, utilities, arrangements and meetings, official bodies, work.
  • You increasingly familiarize yourself with the structure of the simple present singular of the basic verb and a few common weak verbs.
  • You use the negation of the noun phrase in the present tense, the internal and external plural of the nouns, a few common adjectives and the nisba, the plural forms of personal pronouns, the singular demonstrative pronoun in dependent and independent use, the personal suffix as personal pronoun, prepositions, expressing time.
  • You do not study high-brow, classical Arabic, but practical communication which helps a beginner to survive in the language. The course therefore uses simplified standard Arabic, which is open for spoken variations and specifically those from the Levant.

Placement test: Yes

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: AraB

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: AA

Useful info

Course book: UCT course book. You will receive this book from your language teacher in class.



Number of tuition hours: 30

Period: 2nd sem.

Nr. of hours per week: 1 x 2,5

For who?: All