Offered :

Term 1 (Feb -Apr) and Term 3 (Aug-Sep) each year. Our 2022 Term 3 course begins Tuesday 2 August 2022, 6:00-7:30pm (NZ time). Global Time Zone equivalents are given below.

Date & Time:

Our 2022 Term 3 Arabic 101 course meets on Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 pm beginning on 2 August 2022 (NZ Time) and continues for eight weekly sessions. This course will again be offered in 2023 Term 1 beginning the week of Monday 13 February.

Time Zone equivalents:

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Monday 1 Aug 2022, 8.00 pm - 9.30 pm

  • US Pacific: begins Monday 1 Aug 2022, 11.00 pm - 12.30 am

  • London, UK: begins Tuesday 2 Aug 2022, 7.00 - 8.30 am

  • Paris, France: begins Tuesday 2 Aug 2022, 8.00 - 9.30 am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Tuesday 2 Aug 2022, 11.30 am- 1.00 pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Tuesday 2 Aug 202, 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

  • Singapore: begins Tuesday 2 Aug 2022, 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Tuesday 2 Aug 2022, 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm

Description :

Introductory Arabic 101 classes begin with a focus on learning the Arabic language from scratch, with learning how to read and write the Arabic Nasakh (قلم النسخ) script over the eight weekly sessions during the first Term. This course also introduces elementary grammar, basic vocabulary and gets students speaking with some basic conversational skills. Subsequent term courses of Introductory Arabic (i.e. our Arabic 102-104 courses) continue with reading and writing practice, introductory grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. Those who already understand and speak some Arabic, but who do not know how to read and write, may also choose to enrol in the Arabic 101 course.

Meet our Instructor:

Arabic Instructor Esraa Abdelmaksoud

My name is Esraa. I was born and raised in Egypt, and I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Studies. I worked as a pharmacist for many years in the Alexandria University Hospital before moving with my husband to Doha, Qatar. After eight years of living in Qatar, my family and I moved to New Zealand. I lived in Auckland for six months before settling in Hamilton. I have been in Hamilton for four years. I studied business in 2019 followed by a Health & Wellbeing course at Wintec in 2020.vI have participated in a Flourish leadership program for ethnic women for one year. I am currently doing a Diploma in Health and Community Support. I have volunteered with the Refugee Orientation Centre as an HR coordinator. I am currently teaching an Arabic course for non-Arabic-speaking children at RICC. I enjoy reading novels, walking, trying multicultural recipes, and travelling. I have been to Lebanon, Turkey, South Korea, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. I have explored multiple regions in New Zealand with my family. In my spare time, I try to learn new languages. So far, I have studied basic French and Spanish conversational skills and I am now trying to pick up the Turkish language. I am excited to join the EarthDiverse team and I am looking forward to sharing the Arabic language and culture.


All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse Centre located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning options:

  • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

All prices in NZ Dollars. Prices remain the same regardless of your chosen method for accessing this course.

Course curriculum:

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted here 1-2 days after each class.

    1. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    1. 20220802 T3.1 Arabic 101 class video

    2. 20220802 T3.1 Arabic 101 class notes PDF

    1. 20220809 T3.2 Arabic 101 video

    2. 20220809 T3.2 Arabic 101 class notes PDF

    1. 20220816 T3.3 Arabic 101 video

    2. 20220816 T3.3 Arabic 101 class notes PDF

    1. 20220823 T3.4 Arabic 101 video

    2. 20220823 T3.4 Arabic 101 class notes PDF

    1. 20220830 T3.5 Arabic 101 video

About this course

  • $150.00
  • 15 lessons
  • 13 hours of video content


Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time either in-person or via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are posted within 24 hours of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning session on a day and time of your choosing.

Prerequisites :

There are no prerequisites for this course and anyone with an interest in learning Arabic may enrol.


Course materials are provided to all registered students in the form of handouts, PDF attachments emailed to students, or digital materials made available to you for download. There is no need to purchase any additional Arabic textbooks for this course, although you may choose to do so to supplement your learning. You will only require a pen or pencil and a notebook for taking your own class notes. Any notes that our instructor writes on the class whiteboard will be emailed to you as a digital PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.



Arabic 101

Scott Percy, Tauranga, New Zealand, January 2021

“I wanted to learn Arabic, however with work was unable to stick to the classroom schedule. EarthDiverse classes were emailed to me each week with a link to the Zoom video of each class along with a copy of the class notes. This allowed me to complete the lessons in my own time (and to be able to pause and review) and still have the ability to contact tutors if necessary. I would definitely recommend this format, which is informative, easy to follow and understand with the ability to go over previous lessons if needed.