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Term 2 (May-Jun) and Term 4 (Oct-Dec) each year. Our 2023 Term 4 course begins on Friday, 20 Oct 2023

  • This course is offered as an in-person course at the EarthDiverse Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, live-streamed via Zoom if you live elsewhere, and as video recordings of the live sessions if you cannot attend the regularly scheduled class.

Date & Time:

Our 2023 Term 4 Arabic 204 course meets on Fridays 6:00-7:30 pm beginning on 20 October 2023 (NZ Time) and continues for eight weekly sessions. Global Time Zone equivalents are given below.

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually the next day.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Thu 19 Oct 2023, 7.00-8.30 pm

  • US Pacific: begins Thu 19 Oct 2023, 10:00-11:30am

  • US Eastern: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 1:00 -2:30am

  • London, UK: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 6:00-7:30am

  • Paris, France: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 7:00-8:30 am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 10:30am-12:00pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 12:00 - 1:30pm

  • Singapore: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 1:00-2:30pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 2:00- 3:30pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 4:00 -5:30pm


  • Intermediate Arabic 204 classes are specifically designed for those who have completed the entire Introductory Arabic 101-104 and our Arabic 201-203 series of courses and wish to continue their language learning. The course continues with a focus on reading and writing practice in the Arabic Nasakh (قلم النسخ) script over the eight weekly sessions. This course includes continued intermediate grammar, vocabulary and conversational skills.

  • Those who already understand, read and speak some Arabic but need to learn more Arabic grammar, vocabulary, and conversational skills may also choose to enrol in the Arabic 204 course.

  • Subsequent term courses of Intermediate Arabic (i.e. our Arabic 301-304 courses) continue with reading and writing practice, intermediate grammar, vocabulary, and conversation.

Meet our Instructor:

Arabic Instructor Ruqayyah Al-Musallam

My name is Ruqayyah Ahmed Al-Musallam. I studied Arabic at King Faisal University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and have taught many students Arabic over the years. I am returning to work after a few years raising my family and have been studying English at the University of Waikato and at Wintec. Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world and I hope you will enjoy your studies. I am pleased that you are interested in learning Arabic and I look forward to seeing you in class soon.


This class is a hybrid class with both in-person sessions in our classrooms and streamed live via Zoom.

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:

Live Zoom sessions or Video-Recordings

  • 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 Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    1. Arabic 204 course text

    1. 20231020 T4.1 Arabic 204 class notes

    2. 20231020 T4.1 Arabic 204 video

    1. 20231027 T4.2 Arabic 204 PDF

    2. 20231027 T4.2 Arabic 204 class notes

    3. 20231027 T4.2 Arabic 204 video

    4. Arabic Pronouns PDF

    1. 20231103 T4.3 Arabic 204 class notes

    2. 20231103 T4.3 Arabic 204 video

    1. 20231109 T4.4 Arabic 204 class notes

    2. 20231110 T4.4 Arabic 204 video

Additional course info:

  • Video and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboards notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins on Fri 20 Oct 2023
  • NZ time: Fridays 6.00 - 7.30pm


  • Completion of the Introductory series of Arabic 101-104 and 201-203.

  • no prerequisites if you are already familiar with the Arabic Nasakh (قلم النسخ) script and have some familiarity with Arabic grammar or spoken Arabic.


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.


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.

• This class has no assignments, quizzes, tests or exams. All classes encourage questions and group discussion. • PDFs of class presentations and video recordings of each session will be posted 1-2 days after each session for the duration of the course. You are most welcome to come, sit back, relax, take part in and enjoy the discussions! • There are no refunds for missed class. • If, however, this course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolments please note that your registration fee will either be refunded in full or you may select to receive a course credit. Your choice!