Here are some resources and links for learners at intermediate level, aka CEFR level B1 and also referred to as threshold level. Someone studying a foreign language at this level can…
- Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
- Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
- Produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
- Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
You might be at this level if…
- you’ve done GCE AS level in a UK school
- you’re in year 2 of a BA Arabic degree (where you start as a beginner in year 1 – ab initio), or
- you have completed between 300-400 contact hours of Arabic tuition
* The Arabic Season – textbook for GCE AS level (from MM Books)
* Teach Yourself Complete Arabic – Jack Smart
* 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 take a long time and a lot 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.
* Arabic TV guides – new serials aired in Ramadan (on the brilliant Foreign Language Arabic blog)
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