ISL261 Beginner Arabic Language 1 (8)

This subject introduces the Arabic language adopting the methodology of the classical grammarians. Students will learn the different types of words and move onto forming phrases and eventually sentences. Various examples will be derived from different sources such as the Qur'an, Prophetic traditions and everyday scenarios. Reading and writing skills acquired in the previous unit will be further developed.


Session 2 (60)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL261. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed ISL461 and ISL160.

Subject Relationships

ISL461 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

ISL160, ISL461

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to fluently read long vowelised passages;
  • be able to distinguish between different types of words, phrases and sentences at a basic level;
  • be able to formally analyse sentences at a beginner's level;
  • be able to conjugate basic singular verbs in the appropriate tense, gender and person;
  • be able to translate simple sentences into English; and
  • be able to compose basic sentences using appropriate syntax and vocabulary.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the Arabic language
  • Masculine and feminine gender
  • Prepositions
  • Mawsuf Sifa phrase
  • Plural nouns
  • Detached pronouns and idhafa phrase
  • Al-i'rab and al-jumlat-ul-ismiyyah
  • Mabni, mu'rab and mawsuf sifa extension
  • Idhafa extension and attached pronouns
  • Al-jumlatul-f'iliyyah and past tense verbs
  • Present tense verbs

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL261 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Participation and engagement
Final take-home exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.