Arabic Grammar Level 2a

(Level Two A (Pre-Intermediate) in Arabic Grammar)
Learn Arabic to understand the Holy Qur’an and the Noble Hadith



The course is aimed at complete Pre-Intermediate. It is designed over 1 semester to improve and enable students to communicate in Arabic Fus-hah within a limited range of everyday situations using the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Arabic Fus-hah is the recognised means of formal spoken and written communication. Arabic Fus-hah is used in the Qur’an, traditional Islamic resources and also used throughout the Arabic speaking world on official occasions, in education and the media.

The course is taught in English and Arabic. There is a balance between communicative activities, structure practice, grammar and vocabulary. Class size is limited to 20 students to maximise interactive learning.


Language purposes and functions

In level Two A (Pre-Intermediate stage), the Students will be able to realise the following functions by:

a) Building the specifications at Level One (Basic stage)

b) Using a greater range of areas:

  1. Taking part in social situations, e.g. greeting / responding to greetings, expressing thanks and apologising
  2. Repairing communication (e.g. asking for repetition, checking meaning)
  3. Giving information
  4. Asking / answering questions
  5. Describing
  6. Asking for things
  7. Expressing time
  8. Agreeing / disagreeing
  9. Comparing
  10. Giving reasons
  11. Expressing preferences
  12. Making and responding to suggestions
  13. Expressing obligation and lack of obligation
  14. Expressing feelings and emotions
  15. Talking about the present
  16. Talking about the future
  17. Talking about the past

Grammar and Linguistic Structures

In this level students will recognise and be able to make an attempt at producing the following grammar and linguistic structures, within the appropriate functional area as well as all grammar rules and linguistic listed at Level One (Basic stage). Please consult the grammar detailed list for more information:

  1. Nouns (الأسْمَاء)
    - Comparative and superlative (اِسْمُ التَّفضِِيل)
    - Use of nominative الرَّفع genitive الْجرّaccusative النَّصب
    - Use of some of questioning words
    - Use of (مَا : الْمَوْصُولَة) and (مَا : الاسْتِفْهَامِية)
    - Use of (أَيُّهُمَا)
    - Cases of the noun when it is in position of (مُنَادى)
    - Introduction to (الْمَصْدر)
    - The subject (الْفَاعِل) and its types
    - The object (الْمَفْعُول بِهِ) and its types
  2. Particles (الْحُرُوف)
    - The (إِنَّ) and some of ‘her sisters’
    - Use of (نَعَم ) ( بَلَى)
    - Difference between (لا) and (مَا)
    - Using (همزة الإسْتِفْهَامُ) with noun starts with (ال)
    - Calling (النَِدَاء)
    - Use of (أَمَّا)
  3. Verbs (الأَفْعَال)
    - Verbal sentences (الجملة الفِعْلِية)
    - Past tense (الفِعل الْمَاضي)
    - Past tense (الفِعل الْمَاضي) singular, dual and plural
    - Past tense (الفِعل الْمَاضي) masculine and feminine
    - The (كَانَ) and some of her sisters
    - Various unorthodox verbs (لَيْسَ)
    - Present tense (الفِعل الْمُضَارِع)
    - Present tense (الفِعل الْمُضَارِع) singular, dual and plural
    - Present tense (الفِعل الْمُضَارِع) masculine and feminine
    - Imperative (فِعل الأمْر)
    - Imperative (فِعل الأمْر) singular, dual and plural
    - Imperative (فِعل الأمْر) masculine and feminine

Vocabulary Area

The vocabulary areas used in this level consists of common items that occur in the everyday vocabulary of native speakers. Please consult the vocabulary detailed list for more information.


This course is aimed at students who have successfully completed Level One with SAIS or a suitable equivalent.


The first 14 lessons from the text book, ‘The Arabic Course of Madinah Islamic University for English Students, vol. 2’ by Professor V. Abd Al-Raheem, will be studied. This text book will be given to each of the students on his/her first Arabic lesson. Other texts will also be used throughout the course to aid learning. However, it will not be necessary to buy these books or for SAIS to provide different textbooks as photo copies and handouts will be given when different material is used by the teachers.

Assessment and Homework

Homework will be given every lesson in order to help students to be connected with the subject. Homework carries 48 % of the total mark. The homework will be based on particular exercises from the text book, as well as from the Qur’an, Surah Yousuf. There will be self-assessments during the course as well as at the end of the course. This carries 52 % based on the reading and writing skills.

SAIS also offers an optional official exam from OCR. As this is an external exam there will be an additional charge for those who would like to take this exam. Please consult the School admin for more details about the levels available and fees.

Course References

There are many references to support students in this level, however, most of these references are in the Arabic Grammar. Please consult the detailed course references list. Here are some of the books:

  1. “A new Arabic grammar”
    - By J A Haywood and H M Nahmad
  2. “Qur’anic Arabic”
    - By Alan Jones
  3. “Access to Qur’anic Arabic”
    - By Ibrahim Surti
  4. “Mastering Arabic Grammar”
    - By Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar
  5. “Mastering Arabic”
    - By Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar
  6. “Al-Arabiya Bayn Yadayk”
    - (Arabic in Your Hands)
  7. “Qisas – an – Nabiyin”
    - By Sayyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi
  8. “Al-Qiraat – ar – Rashida”
    - By Sayyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi
  9. “Sirat – Khatim – an – Nabiyin”
    - By Sayyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi
  10. “Arabic – English Dictionary”
    - Hans Wehr a dictionary of modern written Arabic

These references and books are available for purchase from SAIS.

Vocabulary list

Students in this Level will learn and memorise about 200 vocabularies. These vocabularies are used in and takes account of the 17 different areas which were mentioned earlier. However, only students who are registered in the course will get this list.

Grammar list

Students in this level will learn different types of grammar, within the appropriate functional area. However, only students who are registered in the course will get this list.