SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Arabic (Modern Standard) Accelerated Stage 2 Course

One-year course with 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 4 hours per week

2016 Entry requirements

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

The course is aimed at completing the upper intermediate and advanced levels over three terms and is reasonably fast paced. It is designed to improve the skills of communicating in Modern Standard Arabic acquired on the beginners course or similar courses.

Having completed this course, students should be able to:

  • Form and understand a wider range of sentence structures of Arabic;
  • Read texts on familiar topics and understand the main ideas with/without using the dictionary;
  • Speak about themselves and their environment, carry out transactions, and initiate and sustain conversations on a number of familiar topics;
  • Carry out written transactions connected to daily life and simple correspondence

Over three terms, students can expect to complete the upper intermediate and advanced levels according to the following schedule:

Term 1 = Upper Intermediate Terms 1 and 2

Term 2 = Upper Intermediate Term 3 and Advanced Term 1

Term 3 = Advanced Terms 2 and 3


The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Arabic grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Arabic in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.




Our course materials page shows you what you need to buy for this course. Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop

Fees and funding


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Not a complete beginner?

If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.

To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 33kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.

Course Fees and Discounted Rates

An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.

If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 107kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.

Returning students

If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.