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Conversational Arabic, Modern Standard

  • Learn a language that is increasingly important in world affairs and is the medium of Arab scholarship, media, culture and religion.
  • Improve your business prospects, travel and tourism opportunities, and family relationships if you are a heritage speaker.

This certificate focuses on Arabic (Modern Standard), the language of education, scholarship, formal communications and media. You'll learn the most balanced language base for studying Arabic, a moderate idiom that bridges the classical Arabic of literature and the Qur'an to the commonly spoken dialects of 22 Arab countries. By the program's end, you'll have reached A2 in the grid used by the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Some material from B1 will also be introduced.

What You'll Learn

  • Use the Arabic alphabet and transliteration to support your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • Use simple phrases and sentences to exchange information on familiar topics and activities.
  • Understand what people say to you about familiar topics in life, work and family.
  • Catch the main points in messages, announcements and media.
  • Understand simple advertisements, menus, timetables and personal letters.

Certificate Requirement(s)

You must complete four consecutive courses in Arabic within three years of the date you register, earning an overall average grade of A (80-100 per cent) and attending at least 80 per cent of classes at each level. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is not available for this certificate.

Important: Upon completion of your certificate requirements, you must request your certificate by submitting a Certificate Request Form.

Required Course(s)


In-class courses are offered when enrolment numbers permit. Some courses or sections may be available only in alternate years or by private instruction.