Offered :

Every Term, pending sufficient student enrolment. This course is currently offered on Monday evenings 7:30-8:30pm during 2023 Term 1 beginning on Monday 13 February 2023.

Date & Time:

Conversational Arabic 300 meets all year during school Terms (provided sufficient enrollment) on Mondays from 7:30 -8.30pm. 2023 Term 1 classes begin on Monday 13 February 2023 and run for eight successive weeks, with the last class of the Term held on Monday 3 April 2023. Our Conversational Arabic course is held in the same time slot each Term. Please note that this is a live-streamed Zoom-only course and is available from anywhere in the world.

Time Zone equivalents:

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Sun 12 Feb 2023, 8:30-9:30pm

  • US Pacific: begins Sun 12 Feb 2023, 10:30-11:30pm

  • US Eastern: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 1:30-2:30am

  • London, UK: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 6:30-7:30am

  • Paris, France: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 7:30-8:30am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 12:00-1:00pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 1:30-2:30pm

  • Singapore: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 2:30-3:30pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 3:30-4:30pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 5:30-6:30pm

Description :

Our Arabic 300: Conversational Arabic course for continuing students is specifically designed for those who have completed our first and second year Arabic courses, or for those whom our Arabic instructors deem ready for additional conversational practice. This course is also designed for those who wish to continue their language learning through conversational practice, and for those who already understand basic Arabic grammar, can read and write in Arabic, and who wish to practice speaking in a safe and comfortable format with native speakers. This continuing course focuses on teaching conversational fluency, additional Modern Standard Arabic grammar, and reinforces reading through working with some Arabic literary works, such as short stories, poems and listening to Arabic music.

Meet our Instructor

Arabic & Arabic Literature Instructor Dr Leen Al - Hadban, PhD

Dr Leen Al-Hadban, is originally from Iraq, and her mother tongue is Arabic. She came to New Zealand to do her PhD in English Literature and ended up staying in beautiful Aotearoa. Leen is passionate about women’s rights, education and comparative literature, she enjoys working with learners and assisting them in their learning. She also works with Arab refugees and migrants as an interpreter/translator. She considers language diversity a significant bridge connecting people from different ethnicities and views literature and education as important tools in the fight against racism, and the progression of women’s rights. Leen teaches the Arabic Literature courses and Conversational Arabic for EarthDiverse (beginning in 2021 Term 3). When Leen is not interpreting for the Arab community in Hamilton, there is a good chance that she is hiding somewhere with a book, or getting her hands dirty doing pottery!


Please note that this course is offered as a live-streamed Zoom-only course. There is no in-person component.

Distance Learning:

This course has two distance-learning options once you have registered:

  • 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 option:

  • 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 are in New Zealand 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

Additional course info:

  • Video and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboards notes are uploaded weekly after each live sessions.
  • Begins on Mon 13 Feb 2023
  • NZ Time: Mondays 07.30 -08.30pm


Those who cannot attend the live-streamed 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 300 course Introductory Arabic 101-104 and Intermediate Arabic 201-204, 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.

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