Arabic


Arabic Language Program


Aim & Objectives of the Program

The course is designed to develop and produce effective mentors, leaders and role models in the field of Dawah for the betterment of the community at large.

Pre-requisites

In order for someone to enrol into this program, they must meet the following criteria:

  1. They must currently work in the field of Dawah or are an active member of the community
  2. They must be able to read Arabic (preferably read Quran with basic tajweed). As a bare minimum, students should be able to read without mixing up letters or vowel sounds, with minimal hesitation.
  3. They must be over the age of 18. (Certain exceptions may be made for exceptionally qualified applicants)
  4. They must have a letter of recommendation by their organisation, school or parents.
  5. Be able to commit to a demanding program with strict twice weekly attendance and set aside a minimum of 6 hours home study per week.
  6. Comfortable in writing Arabic script, and correctly connect letters and place vowel markings.


Highly Desirable (but not essential)

  • Memorised Juz ‘Amma and able to recite fluently from memory
  • Completed or currently enrolled in Diploma of Islamic Studies at SydneyIC or equivalent
  • Past experience in teaching Quran or other religious studies
  • 12 months active involvement in Dawah Organisation


Duration

The Diploma of Arabic will be conducted over a 3-year period, completing a minimum 2 modules each year.



Accreditation:

Upon successful completion students will be awarded with the following:

  • Certificate in the Arabic Language issued by Sydney IC. This will require students to successful complete all assessments with a minimum score of 75%.
  • High achievers will be invited to sit an external online exam with an accredited Azhari college from Egypt recognised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt.


Outcome upon Completion

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess a range of skills which can be used for training others or to further their education at other recognised institutes around the world. Some of the learning outcomes are listed below:

  1. Ability to speak, read, write and understand traditional Arabic (Fosha)
  2. Ability to recognise 80% of words in the Holy Quran.
  3. Ability to deliver motivational talks to any audience with use of traditional classical Arabic
  4. Ability to study selected classical texts in tafsir and Arabic language
  5. Adequately prepare students who wish to later travel overseas to study Arabic language
  6. Be able to use Arabic for studying as well as research purposes.


MODULES

Students will need to complete a total of 6 units to graduate. This includes 3 Core Units and 3 Elective Units which students may select based on individual interest.



CORE UNITS

Core Unit 1 – Arabic Language Level 1

In this unit students will be introduced to the basic 4 areas of the Arabic language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course will be delivered in English and cover key concepts and terminologies. This level has a particular focus on nouns and prepositions.

Text Book: Madina University Book 1

Course Length: 20 weeks

Lessons: Twice weekly lessons of 1.5 hours durations with a minimum commitment of 4 hours per week of home study

Core Unit 2 – Arabic Language Level 2

Pre-requisite: 75% pass mark in Arabic Level 1 exam

In this unit students will further develop key concepts learned in level 1, with a focus on verbs and verbal sentences. Students will also be exposed to various sciences of the Arabic languages such as Nahu (Grammar) and Sarf (Morphology).

Text Book: Madina University Book 2

Course Length: 30 weeks

Lessons: Twice weekly lessons of 1.5 hours durations with a minimum commitment of 5 hours per week of home study

Core Unit 3 – Arabic Language Level 3

Pre-requisite: 75% pass mark in Arabic Level 2 exam In this unit, students will cover basic concepts of Nahu and Sarf, using selected verses of the Holy Quran and further develop their vocabulary with use of everyday language and dialogues. Text Book: Madina University Book 3 Course Length: 30 weeks Lessons: Twice weekly lessons of 2-hour duration with a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week of home study


Electives

Elective Unit 1 – Nahu (Grammar)

Pre-requisite: 75% pass mark in Arabic Level 2 exam In this unit, students will specialise in mastering general Arabic grammar rules based on the popular beginners book of Al Ajroomiyah. Lessons will be practical in nature, with many examples from the Holy Quran to emphasise importance of this topic and to further aid those who wish to later memorise the Quran. Text Book: Sydney IC Textbook with modified explanation of Ajroomiyah with exercises. Course Length: 30 weeks Lessons: Twice weekly lessons of 2 hours durations with a minimum commitment of 4 hours per week of home study

Elective Unit 2 – Sarf (Morphology)

Pre-requisite: 75% pass mark in Arabic Level 3 exam In this unit, students will focus on root verbs and different scales and morphologies which they follow. This subject will aid students on how to construct words and derive meanings using a basic root word. This is a highly specialised topic and will only be offered to students who have completed all 3 books of the Madina University Curriculum. Text Book: Sydney IC Textbook with exercises. Course Length: 20 weeks Lessons: Once weekly lessons of 2-hour duration with a minimum commitment of 3 hours per week of home study

Elective Unit 3 – Balagha (Rhetoric)

Pre-requisite: 75% pass mark in Arabic Level 3 exam Eloquence was mark of nobility and intelligence in pre-Islamic Arabia. In this unit, students will be drawing on materials from classical Quranic commentary and Arabic linguists to study the 3 main areas of Balagha: Ilm al-Bayaan, Ilm al-Badee3, and Ilm al-Ma3aani. This course will be delivered in Arabic and involve use of Ayat from Quran, poetry from pre and post Islamic eras, as well as speeches from famous Companions and notable scholars. Text Book: Sydney IC Textbook with exercises. Course Length: 20 weeks Lessons: Once weekly lessons of 2 hours durations with a minimum commitment of 3 hours per week of home study

Elective Unit 4 – Adab (Literature)

Pre-requisite: 75% pass mark in Arabic Level 3 exam In this unit, students will be study selected poems and learn about the buhoor (scales), as well as study selected literary works and speeches (nathar), and selected stories of companions and prophets written in the traditional Arabic language by notable authors who are renowned for their use of rich and vivid writing styles. Text Book: Sydney IC Textbook with exercises. Course Length: 20 weeks Lessons: Once weekly lessons of 2 hours durations with a minimum commitment of 3 hours per week of home study

Elective 5 - Arabic Bootcamp

The Arabic Immersion involves the students to be secluded for 2 x 2 day Weekend blocks with their class and teacher in a remote area. Students will be required to converse and interact in Arabic only and intensive classes will be held throughout the day over the 4 day period covering various topics. The immersion program will help students advance in their working Arabic knowledge and put all their theory into practice. Students may only attend the immersion program after successful completion of Level 2 Arabic Language. This style of course is excellent preparation for students who wish to later travel overseas to pursue further studies in the Arabic language.

Elective 6 – Muhadatha (Conversational Arabic)

Coming Soon – Details to follow


Class Times

Times will be held mainly in the evening on weekdays and after fajr on weekends (for brothers) and during the day (sisters).

There are separate classes for brothers and sisters which will taught by qualified teachers who have studied Arabic overseas.