Arabic Grammar Level 3a

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



The course is aimed at complete Pre-Advance and is designed over 1 semester to improve and enable students to communicate in Arabic Fus-hah within a 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 rescores 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 Three A (Pre-Advance stage), the realisation of these functions:

Builds in the specifications at Level Two B (Intermediate stage) by giving more details to the language used
Uses the following range of areas:

  1. Talking part in social situations, e.g.:
    - greeting
    - responding to greeting
    - expressing thanks
    - apologising
  2. Repairing communication, e.g.:
    - asking for repetition
    - checking meaning)
  3. Giving information
  4. Asking / answering questions
  5. Describing
  6. Asking for and giving opinions
  7. Justifying opinions
  8. Following / giving instructions
  9. Asking for things
  10. Expressing ability
  11. Using numbers and expressing quantity
  12. Expressing time
  13. Agreeing / disagreeing
  14. Comparing
  15. Asking Giving reasons
  16. Expressing preferences
  17. Making and responding to suggestion
  18. Expressing obligation and lack of obligation
  19. Expressing feelings and emotions
  20. Talking about the present
  21. Talking about the future
  22. Talking about the past
  23. Expressing degrees of certainty and doubt
  24. Talking about (im)probability and (im)possibility
  25. Giving advice
  26. Giving warnings
  27. Talking turns in a conversation

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 and linguistic listed at Level Two B (Intermediate stage). Please consult the Grammar detailed list for more information.

  1. Declension of the Noun (الإسمُ الْمُعْرَب)
  2. Indeclinable of the Noun (الإسْمُ الْمَبْنِيّ)
  3. Declension of the Verbs (الْفِعْلُ الْمُعْرَبُ)
  4. Indeclinable of the Verbs (الْفِعْلُ الْمَبْنِيُّ)
  5. Conjunctions (الْعَطْفُ)
  6. The use of (لَعَلَّ)
  7. Verbal Noun (اسْمُ الْفِعْل)
  8. The Passive Verb (الْفِعْلُ الْمَبْنِيُّ لِلْمَجْهُول)
  9. The Active Verb (الْفِعْلُ الْمَبْنِيُّ لِلْمَعْلُوم)
  10. The Relative Adjectival (اسْمُ النِّسْبَة)
  11. The use of (إِمَّا ..... وإِمَّا)
  12. Abstract Nouns (اسْمُ الْجِنّس)
  13. The Active Participle (اسْمُ الْفَاعِل) / (اسْمُ الْمَفْعُول)
  14. The use of (مَا الْحِجَازِية)
  15. The Noun of Place (اسْمُ الْمَكَان)
  16. The Noun of Time (اسْمُ الزَّمَان)
  17. The Noun of Instrument (اسْمُ الآلةِ)
  18. Definite (الْمَعْرِفَةُ) and indefinite (النَّكِرَةُ)
  19. Dropping the 'Noon' from the Dual and the Sound Masculine Plural.
  20. Verbal sentences (الجملة الفِعْلِية)
  21. Nominal sentences (الجملة الاسمية)
  22. De-Verbal Noun (الْمَصْدر)
  23. Adverbs (الْمَفْعُولُ فِيهِ / الظَّرْفُ)
  24. Conditional Sentences (الْجُمْلةُ الشَّرْطِية)
  25. The use of (لَوْ)
  26. The use of (إِذا)
  27. Interjections (النُّدْبةُ / النِّدَاء)
  28. The use of (كَمْ)
  29. The use of (حَتَّى)
  30. The Diminutive (التَّصْغِير)

Vocabulary Area

The vocabulary areas used in this level consists of common items occur in the everyday vocabulary of native speakers using the target language today in a range of predictable everyday areas. Some items may be glossed to aid students. Please consult the vocabulary detailed list for more information.


This course is aimed at students who have successfully completed level Two A with SAIS or a suitable equivalent.


The text book that will be used is ‘The Arabic Course of Madinah Islamic University for English Students, vol. 3 (chapter 1 – 15)’ by Professor V. Abd Al-Raheem. 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 out when different material is used by the teachers. Also electronic and short videos will also be used to help the students during the course.

Assessment and Homework

Homework will be given every lesson in order to help the student to connect with the subject, homework carries 48 % of the total end of level mark. The homework will be biased on particular exercises from the text book, as well as from surah Al-‘Araaf (Surah no 7). There will also be a mid-term assessment as well as the end of the course exam which carries 52 % of the total mark. This exam will be based on the reading and writing skills covered at this level.

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 enter themselves for these exams. Please consult the office manager 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 Arabic language. Please consult the detailed course references list. Here are some of these books:

  1. “Access to Qur’anic Arabic”
    - By AbdulWahid Hamid
  2. “Mastering Arabic Grammar”
    - By Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar
  3. “Mastering Arabic”
    - By Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar
  4. “Al-Arabiya Bayn Yadayk”
    - (Arabic in Your Hands)
  5. “Qisas – an – Nabiyin”
    - By Sayyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi
  6. “Al-Qiraat – ar – Rashida”
    - By Sayyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi
  7. “Sirat – Khatim – an – Nabiyin”
    - By Sayyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi
  8. “Mini English – Arabic & Arabic – English Dictionary”
    - By Wagdi Rizk Ghali
  9. “Arabic – Arabic Dictionary”
    - By Al-Fakhr Ar-Raazee
  10. “Arabic – English Dictionary”
    - Hans Wehr a dictionary of modern written Arabic

SAIS provides all these references for sale for any student wishes to purchase them. These references are also available in the classrooms to be used by teachers and students.

Vocabulary list

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

Grammar list

Students in this level will cover different areas of grammar, within the appropriate functional area. However, only student who are registered for the course will get this list.