Survival Arabic C


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Content information

Starting level:

1. You have successfully completed Survival Arabic B or the placement test in the first class.

2. Or you speak an Arabic regional language (Morroccan, Egyptian, Levant), are familiar with some of the basic principles or standard Arabic and know the Arabic alphabet.

3. Or you have once studied Arabic and want to refresh your knowledge, especially in practical situations

You know and recognize the connected and isolated letters of the Arabic alphabet.

You can slowly write simple and familiar basic words with assistance and recognize familiar words in non-vocalized writing.

You use the possessive suffix and gender for nouns without a case (e.g. ummak).

You can properly pronounce the article, construct a simple negative, affirmative & question sentence and conjugate some basic verbs in the singular form of the present tense.

You use the negation of the nominal sentence in the present tense (miš/laysa/mā šî), the external plural of nouns, some frequently used adjectives and the singular & plural nisba, the singular & plural personal pronouns, the demonstrative pronoun in nominal & adjective use, the personal suffix as personal pronoun (e.g. ašūfak) and frequently used prepositions & time indicators (a lot, often, sometimes, ...)

You have acquired a basic vocabulary from the contexts of Survival Arabic A & B, both in spoken and in written language. A basic word list will be available.


Through interactive classes you will quickly expand your basic knowledge of spoken Arabic.


You will acquire practical survival communication skills at a beginner’s level. Therefore, the course opts for simplified standard Arabic, which is compatible with spoken relay languages, especially from the Levant. Grammar is taught in function of the communicative goals:

Module C has three contextual goals:

  • preparing a student for an intake conversation for a summer course of Arabic in the Arab world
  • building up a broad vocabulary related to Arab food and drinks
  • being able to hold a conversation during a visit to the doctor

The starting point is always a communicative action such as getting to know someone in an informal context, surviving a culture shock, learning a language, going out, undergoing an ID-check, inviting someone, expressing feelings, confirming & cancelling, using public transport, eating & drinking in the Arab world, expressing a preference, voicing a complaint, telling time, discussing your schedule, finding & visiting a doctor.

After these modules, you will be familiar with the singular and plural forms of the present tense, be able to recognize the second and fifth form of the derived verbs and be able to use a range of frequently occurring regular verbs in the present tense.

You will learn the internal and external plural forms of the discussed nouns, a range of frequently used adjectives and the nisba, the plural form of the personal pronouns, frequently used linking words, subject/verb-congruence, the present participle and the imperative.

Both your oral and written production will be evaluated by means of an integrated task and a portfolio.
Extra exercises will be made available.

Placement test: Yes

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: AraC
Attention! This is not the course code. You will find the latter in the schedule near the top of this page.

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: B

Useful info

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



Number of tuition hours: 30

Period: 1st sem.

Nr. of hours per week: 1 x 2

Course book available at: UCT

For who?: All