Offered :

Term 1 & Term 3 each year

Date & Time:

This course is currently offered in 2022 Term 3 on Friday evenings from 6:00-7:30 pm, beginning Friday 2 September 2022, and will continue for 4 consecutive weeks (this term). From next Term (Term 4 Oct-Nov 2022) this class will resume with 8 week sessions each Term.

Description :

Our Introductory Arabic 103 class continues with our study of the Arabic language and builds upon the knowledge of the Arabic script gained in the Arabic 101 and 102 courses. Over the eight weekly sessions during this Term, students will continue to gain reading and writing practice, continue their study of elementary Arabic grammar, learn new vocabulary, and gain additional conversational skills. Subsequent term courses in our Introductory Arabic series (i.e. our Arabic 104 course) continue with reading and writing practice, introductory grammar, vocabulary, and development of additional conversational skills.

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.


EarthDiverse, 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (see map below under Location tab), online via Zoom, or through video recordings of our live-streamed sessions posted 1-2 days after each class.

Distance-Learning :

Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered: attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regular scheduled day and time, attend our live online 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 Arabic language 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 - 2022 Term 4 has four sessions only

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Course goals:

    • Zoom Instructions

  2. 2
    • 20220823 T3.0 Arabic 103 class video

  3. 3
    • 20220902 T3.1 Arabic103 video

    • 20220902 T3.1 Arabic 103 class notes

  4. 4
    • 20220909 T3.2 Arabic 103 video

    • 20220909 T3.2 Arabic 103 class notes

  5. 5
    • 20220916 T3.3 Arabic 103 Video

    • 20220916 T3.3 Arabic 103 class notes

  6. 6
    • 20220923 T3.4 Arabic 103 Video


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 :

Prerequisites for this Arabic 103 course Arabic 102, or knowledge of Arabic sufficient to warrant enrolment in this course


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.