ISL460 Introduction to Arabic Reading (8)

This subject is designed for students with no prior language skills in Arabic. It presents an introduction to reading Arabic and is designed to teach students how to articulate Arabic letters, words and sentences. It will also cover writing practice of Arabic vocabulary, together with basic speaking in Arabic and basic acquisition of commonly used Arabic words. This subject provides foundations for further study in Classical Arabic.


Session 1 (30)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL460. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and proficiently pronounce the Arabic alphabet;
  • be able to read a basic vowelised text in Arabic with fluency;
  • be able to write basic Arabic words and sentences;
  • be able to demonstrate a basic vocabulary of commonly used words; and
  • be able to communicate in simple conversation related to greetings and introductions.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Arabic alphabet script and sounds
  • Heavy and light letters
  • Joining individual letters to form words
  • Short and long vowels
  • Variations of hamza
  • Sukoon and Shadda
  • Sun and moon letters
  • Hamzatul-wasl
  • Tanween
  • Introductions and greetings in Arabic


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.