Leaving Cert Arabic can be studied as a one or two year programme as a full-time day school student or as an extra-subject.

Subject Group: Humanities

Leaving Certificate Arabic is based on the Arabic curriculum taught at secondary school level in the state system of an Arabic-speaking country. The curriculum includes a number of prescribed texts, both religious and secular.

Leaving Cert Arabic Teacher Ali Selim

Teacher Profile

Dr. Ali Selim
BA (Hons) Faculty of languages and translation Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt, 1993, MSc Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College,Dublin

Subject: Arabic

Since 1999, Dr Selim has been teaching Arabic to native and non-native speakers and lectures in Arabic studies at Trinity College. Dr Selim also taught the International Arabic Baccalaureate for several years and many his students received student’s award at UCD. He taught Arabic for a number of Irish politicians e.g. John Gormley, Secretary of the Green Party and Irish Diplomats such as Patrick Sammon, First Secretary. Some of his publications have been published by Cambridge Scholar press and currently he is preparing his book “Arabic for Leaving Certificate”.

With Ali Selim we finished a one year course in just over six months and it was exam questions from there. Ali simplifies things in such a way that you get the most done in the least amount of time

Abdul Roshdi, Leaving Cert

Leaving Cert Arabic Subject Content

The Leaving Cert Arabic course consists of the study of a variety of aspects of Arabic under the following headings:

  • Understanding and conveying information
  • Recognising and responding to linguistic devices
  • Communicating effectively and appropriately
  • Exercising control of grammar structures
  • Evaluating material
  • Recognising implicit meanings
  • International environment

Exam Structure

Leaving Cert Arabic is assessed by a written examination at both Ordinary and Higher levels. There is also an aural and an oral examination at both levels. The written exam is divided into Reading comprehension 20%, Literature 35%, Usage 20%  and Continuous writing 25%.

To discuss whether Arabic would be a good choice for your Leaving Certificate call 01 490 4050 and talk to one of our subject experts.

Data Source: Department of Education and Science and www.education.ie – data correct as of 27/7/2015