# Elementary / pre-intermediate

Here are some resources and links for learners of Arabic at elementary/pre-intermediate level, aka CEFR level A2. At this level, you can…

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

At this level you might…

  • be studying towards GCSE or possibly GCE AS Arabic (these are both qualifications available in the UK), or
  • have (nearly) completed the first year of an intensive ab initio Arabic degree, or
  • have had around 180-200 contact hours of Arabic tuition

Listening

* BBC Class Clips –  2 cartoons in Arabic: Anansi and Turtle, and the Boy and the Drum. How much can you follow the story without knowing all the words and phrases?

* Euronews – these news clips are hard & very fast, but the benefit is that they come with a transcript which is usually close to the text of the audio if not identical. Also the English equivalent is also available for most news items. It may be a long long time and lots of practice before you can follow what the newsreader is saying, but it’s a good way to get a feel for Arabic, letting it wash over you, and perhaps picking out a few key phrases.

* Very silly – learn pleasantries from an Arabic speaking parrot!

Reading

* ReadArabic! online course from National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. Fantastic resource with structured lessons each including a short text, the audio and translation of the text, glossary and explanatory notes, and exercises. 31 Novice lessons which cover some more advanced topics and are good for reading practice and vocabulary learning at pre-intermediate level too.

* Lots of real life reading material (photos of signs, shop fronts, magazine adverts, billboards etc) on varabic.wordpress.com especially under the categories adverts, books and magazines, signs, shopping and posters

Writing

* Introduction to Arabic calligraphy –  video and lots of resources

Speaking

* Animated dialogue introducing useful daily routine phrases with the Islamic early morning prayer ritual (from Maysoor)

Vocab & topics

* Lots of downloadable activities for GCSE topics at ArabicScope

* Vocab for lots of GCSE topics at Arabalicious

Cultural knowledge

* PPT presentations on cultural topics eg. Arabic cities, famous Arab people, food & drink, education in Lebanon vs UK (good for GCSE and AS) – Arabalicious

Course books and reference books

* Downloadable resources to support the wonderful Mastering Arabic series

Colloquial dialects

* Ahazeej – fabulous collection of Arabic nursery rhymes in Levantine dialect – website where you can watch a few videos, or buy the DVD and book

 

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