Study GCSE Arabic or Pre-GCSE Arabic.
The GCSE Arabic course is ideally suited to students with 100-150 hours of previous Arabic study. If you have previous knowledge of Arabic, whether Quranic or general contact with the language, you may be prepared enough to continue Arabic at GCSE level. This level may not suite some beginners. This course when studied in UK schools would usually take 2 years, studying approximately two to three hours a week. Unlike European languages Arabic uses letters and sounds not found in these languages, as well as a writing system that operates right to left.
If you are not ready for GCSE start with the pre-GCSE level of study.
Study online or start an Arabic club at home.
Unit 1. (5AR01) Listening and Understanding in Arabic.
Unit 2. (5AR02) Speaking in Arabic, (This is usually the first paper to be taken).
Unit 3. (5AR03) Reading and Understanding in Arabic.
Unit 4. (5AR04) Writing in Arabic. (Usually the last paper).
The Two Themes:
1) Media, travel and culture.
2) Sport, leisure and work.
Tips for learning Arabic
- Vocab lists are ok but slow, learning phrases and sentences is much better.
- Listen to audios of Arabic speakers in the target area that you wish to learn. So if you want to learn Modern Arabic listen to the news or documentaries. If you want to learn Classical Arabic listen to the Quran and Tafseer talks.
- Every now and again practice your spoken Arabic with the little you know, until you get regular conversation and used to talking.
- Use all the language skills not just reading.
- You do not have to study complex concepts all the time mix it up sometimes by being exposed to a variety of simpler material, in fusha Arabic.
- Learning a little daily is better than cramming at the last minute.
- Revise, review, repeat. Whenever possible try to go back over material you might have already covered no matter how long ago or however recent.
- If your having group lessons the smaller the group the better the results. Likewise the larger the group the more distraction or potential for time to be wasted. Try to learn with people who are motivated and consistent.
- Self study may not work for most people but if you have a 1 to 1 with a tutor this may assist you better than going it alone or being amongst groups.
- There is no big secret to learning it is all about being consistent. If you accept that there will be challenges and that some concepts may take time to understand you are more likely to last longer on your learning path. If you have good reasons for learning Arabic you will have more enjoyable moments.