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Levantine Arabic Beginners Course

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

Duration: This is a one-year course with three ten-week terms


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Mode of Attendance: Part Time

A one-year course in Levantine Arabic for beginners.

The course is aimed at complete beginners and is designed to enable learners to communicate in spoken Levantine Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations using the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The course introduces the students to the Arabic writing system and enables them to read and write basic words and sentences. Emphasis is placed on the learner’s ability to speak and listen.

The course is taught in English and Arabic using contemporary printed and audio/video material. There is a balance between communicative activities, structure practice, grammar and vocabulary. Class size is normally limited to fifteen students to allow intensive practice.


Not a total beginner? See our page on course assessments.




Our course materials page shows you what you need to buy for this course.


Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London on one evening a week or Saturday daytime. Participants receive 20 hours of language tuition over a ten-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.