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Why Choose The Parramatta College?

  • Not for profit
  • Locally based training for those who live or work in Western Sydney
  • Quality trainers and facilities
  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Flexible and custom training programs

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      • Languages - Arabic Stage 1

        EARLY BIRD FEES apply for some courses!

        COURSE DESCRIPTION

        This is an introductory Arabic course in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It is not in dialectical Arabic. The course will begin by providing students with an understanding of the importance of and key areas where Arabic is spoken, and the differences between MSA and dialectal Arabic. Each lesson is basically split into two halves: the first half is focused on acquiring a comprehensive grounding in the Arabic alphabet and numbering system (and by the end of the course students will have learned the entire Arabic alphabet) and learning to identify, reproduce and join the letters; the second half is focused on conversational Arabic for leisure, social, work and family purposes. The tutor will train students to use transliterations (and translations) which aid the learning of conversational Arabic before students have fully acquired the Arabic alphabet. The course will also cover foundational grammatical concepts from which to form basic sentences, enabling students to be well-equipped and confident to progress to higher levels of Arabic. Students will be encouraged to actively participate in oral and written exercises with both the tutor and their classmates. The learning environment is sociable and relaxed, but focused. The course is for absolute beginners. No prior knowledge is required.

        Great course for business travelers or for those working in the hospitality and tourism industries, or for leisure travelers.

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        COURSE CONTENT
        • Arabic alphabet – alif, baa, taa, thaa etc. (initial, medial, final and independents forms of all letters)
        • Short vowels and diacritical markings: fatHa, kasra, damma, shadda, sukuun, hamza, laam alif, dagger alif etc.
        • Connecting and non-connecting letters
        • Long vowels – aa, ii, uu
        • Numbers 1-10
        • Tanween (e.g. double damma)
        • Greetings and basic conversation e.g. feelings, travel, social
        • Nationalities
        • Addressing people
        • Genders
        • Basic verbs e.g. to study, to write, to understand
        • Discussion of the Middle East and North Africa region e.g. history, dialectal Arabic etc.
        • Difference between al-fusHa and al-aamiyya
        • Nouns and possessive adjectives e.g. ‘my sister’ and 'his house'
        • Noun-adjective construction e.g. ‘the man is tall’ versus ‘the tall man’ versus 'a tall man'
        • Idaafa
        • Sun and moon letters
        • Regular letter-joining training
        • Training in the use of transliterations

        COURSE OUTCOMES
        By the end of the 8-week course students should:
        • Be able to read, recognise and reproduce all letters of the Arabic alphabet
        • Have basic skills in writing in Arabic (joining letters)
        • Be able to converse at a basic level in Arabic with friends, family and colleagues
        • Be able to recognise and reproduce basic grammatical structures in Arabic

      • Languages - Italian Stage 1

        EARLY BIRD FEES apply for some courses!

        COURSE DESCRIPTION
        Introducing students to basic principles of Italian grammar, keeping a practical and short vocabulary, memorising dialogue, allowing students time for questions they may want to ask. Great course for business travellers or for those working in the hospitality and tourism industries, for leisure travellers and those wishing to communicate better with relatives and friends.

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      • Yoga - Sundays Rest & Renew Yin Yoga

        EARLY BIRD FEES apply for some courses!

        A gentle yoga, known as Yin Yoga, which is suitable for everyone (pregnant women are also welcome). At the end of the class will be a short relaxation to help you relax and rejuvenate for the week ahead!

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        Did you know there is a possibility that you can get a rebate from your private health fund if you do one of our fitness or health related courses?

        Some health funds will give you a rebate for exercise programs or health management programs that your doctor has prescribed to address or improve a specific medical condition. The health fund may ask you if the provider of the exercise program is qualified, the answer is that all of our tutors have either qualifications and or experience in the field in which they teach. Your medical practitioner may also be required to fill out a form provided by your health fund. Also it will depend on your level of coverage with your health fund.

        Additionally the rules vary between health funds, therefore you would need to check with your health fund as to your eligibility, and also ask them what documentation they require.

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