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Arabic for Native Speakers

Part of the range of Arabic language learning courses and activities at SOAS Language Centre in London

Duration: Two levels, both comprising three terms of ten weeks, involving 20 hours of tuition per term (one session of 2 hours, once a week).

Overview

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This is a course aimed at developing skills in the reading, comprehension and writing of Arabic, for Arabic speakers who have been brought up in non-Arabic speaking countries. The course is currently taught at two levels, giving a total of six terms (10 weeks/20 hours per term), spanning one academic year per level.

Stage 1 (Level 1 to 3) aims to provide intermediate competence in reading and writing Arabic, with the emphasis on basic grammar, improving spelling and handwriting. Speaking and listening are enhanced throughout the course. Through a selection of straightforward texts, the course serves as an introduction to Arabic Media. Level 1 involves focusing on reading and writing alongside the development of speaking skills.

Stage 2 (Level 4 to 6) aims to provide professional competence in reading and writing Arabic. The emphasis is on acquiring complex grammar, accurate spelling skills and good handwriting. Speaking and listening continue to be improved throughout the course. Through a selection of carefully selected texts, the course serves as an introduction to Arabic literary forms and norms. It covers media and literature and provides an excellent training for interviews, public talks and confidence in media and business environments.

Stage 1 and Stage 2 are taught predominantly in Arabic, with explanations in English where necessary. Regular reading and writing exercises are set. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

Who is this programme aimed at?

Stage 1 is aimed at students who did not have the opportunity to study Arabic at school, or who were brought up in Arabic countries but not educated within Arabic-medium schools. Knowledge of the Arabic script is required.

Stage 2 is aimed at students who are seeking a professional career in Arabic-speaking countries or who want to continue their postgraduate studies in Arabic. A higher degree of ability in spoken and written Arabic is assumed than for students registering for Level 1.

Learning outcomes

  • Stage 1 learning outcomes (tbc)
  • Stage 2 learning outcomes (tbc)

Assessment for Course Placement

Entry to the course is by assessment only. Applicants are required to fill out a standard application form with and contact the Language Centre to arrange an assessment at least three weeks prior to the start of the course.

Fees for this Course

  • Stage 1: the fee for each 10-week term is £345 payable in advance
  • Stage 2: the fee for each 10-week term is £345 payable in advance

Terms and Conditions

Please see our terms and conditions before enrolling on the course.

Application Procedures

Contact us for an application form or use our downloadable form (see also Assessment for Course Placement, above).

Syllabus

Materials

Timetable

Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London on one evening a week or Saturday daytime. In each term participants receive 20 hours of language tuition over a 10-week period (with additional weeks where public holidays displace a class session). 

See our online store to book a place on this course.

Language Centre How To Apply

You can enrol:

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; 187kb) 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; 462kb) , 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.