Islamic Studies

Quran and Arabic  classes are offered to all Gateway Virtual Academy Students on a first come first serve basis. Parents are required to choose either Arabic or Quran for their child upon registration. Once 15 seats are filled in each course, the courses will no longer be available.

We have an improvement plan set in place for the 2019- 2020 Academic Year to be able to employ additional Islamic Studies teachers to provide an opportunity for more students to benefit from these courses.


Iqra  – This course is for students who have very minimum or no knowledge of how to read. Students will learn from the Qaaidah Noorania which consists of 31 lessons. Since students at this level are at the beginning stages of reading, this course will be taught at a slow pace for the duration of the academic year, to ensure proficiency. Students are expected to complete the course by the end of the school year.


Tajweed – Students who have completed a beginners reading course will read a portion of the quran applying the rules of tajweed. The teacher will correct students and review the rules learned in the previous Qaaidah course. Students will complete portions from Juz Amma (30) and Juz Tabarak (29) during this course in preparation for their advancement to the Hifz class in the next school year upon successful completion.


Hifz Al Quran Students who are proficient in reading will memorize portions of the Qur’an according to their entry level and capabilities. Students may be required to take a proficiency test for entry into this course.

*Students required to obtain a copy of Tafsir Ibn Katheer 



Level One

Course Material: Gateway ll Arabic Level One

Description: Designed for non- Arabic speakers. Exercises introduce and reinforce vocabulary and the understanding and application of grammar.

This book covers:

  • The necessary skills for reading and writing the language
  • Recognition of Arabic letters in their isolate form
  • Formulation of letters in their written isolate form, with clear arrows to indicate the correct writing direction
  • The three short vowels: fatha, kasra and damma
  • The recognition and formulation of letters in their joined forms
  • Nunation (al-tanween)
  • The three long vowels (al-madd)
  • Al-sukun
  • Al-shadda
  • The sun and moon letters (al-huruf al-shamsiyyah wa’l-qamariyyah), and their associated rules
  • Al-alif al-maqsura
  • Al-hamza

Level Two

Course Material: Gateway ll Arabic Level Two

Description: Builds on the basic reading and writing skills acquired in Book One (Starter Book). With a vocabulary of over 350 words and easy-to-follow explanations, supported by 250 illustrations, Book Two provides learners with a basic knowledge of Arabic grammar, enabling them to take their first steps in understanding and using non-verbal sentences.

This book covers:

  1. Gender of nouns and agreement of adjectives.
  2. Asking and answering simple questions.
  3. Use of the definite article.
  4. Some prepositions and conjunctions.
  5. Use of singular personal and attached pronouns.
  6. The dual forms of nouns and adjectives.
  7. Sound and broken plural nouns and adjectives.
  8. Singular, dual and plural demonstrative pronouns.
  9. Numbers from 1 to 10 and associated rules.
  10. Simple dialogue.
  11. A broad vocabulary grouped according to subject, including the home, the school, animals, shapes, colours, fruit and vegetables, transport, clothing, parts of the body, the family, occupations and nationalities.

Level Three

Course Material: Gateway ll Arabic Level Three

Course Description: Grammar is reinforced through sample conversations that offer the student the chance to use the language in a meaningful context and develop confidence in self-expression.

This book covers:

Over 60 past and present tense verbs The imperative and negative imperative The nominative, accusative and genitive cases, including the genitive of possession (idafa) Comparative and superlative adjectives Attached and detached pronouns Word roots and word patterns Cardinal numbers from 1 to 19 and ordinal numbers from 1 to 10, and the rules governing their usage. Prepositions Dialogue practice and a comprehensive listing of the nouns used in the book, together with their plural forms. Book Three offers a step-by-step approach to learning past and present tense verbs, with plenty of opportunity for practice. Each point of grammar is reinforced through sample conversations that offer the student the chance to use the language in a meaningful context and develop confidence in self-expression.