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SOAS Language Centre

Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language

Start of programme: Monday 12 January 2015

2 Academic Terms: 12/01/15 - 02/04/15 and 13/04/15 - 10/07/15

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


SOAS Language Centre is pleased to offer this programme of professional development leading to a post-graduate qualification (Certificate and Diploma) in teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language. These awards have contributed substantially to the professionalising of Arabic teaching in the UK and elsewhere and to the recognition of the expertise of teachers of Arabic as a Foreign or Second Language.

The Certificate in Teaching Arabic is designed:

  • to meet the rapidly growing demand in the UK and elsewhere for trained and qualified teachers of Arabic as a foreign language.
  • to equip trainees with the knowledge and skills which will enable them to teach Arabic to a broad spectrum of Arabic learners in UK, European and worldwide educational contexts.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Arabic is designed to:

  • equip trainees to be able to deal professionally with the teaching of Arabic in different contexts and through the integration of different varieties of the Arabic language.
  • familiarise trainees with the theoretical principles underlying the content and design of instructional materials and teaching/testing techniques.
  • provide trainees with the knowledge and skills and the supported teaching practice to enable them to teach Arabic using the latest communicative methods.
  • show trainees how to create coherent and progressive schemes of work and design effective and efficient lesson plans that are adapted to students’ learning needs.
  • show trainees how to analyse empirical data in order to evaluate second language learners’ performance objectively and how to describe achievement and proficiency levels using appropriate terminology.
  • enable trainees to fulfil supervisory and pedagogical lead roles such as those of syllabus designer, course co-ordinator, teacher mentor and materials developer.
Arabic Teacher Training Class with Najwa

Graduates will be qualified and well-prepared for teaching Arabic in higher education in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world, for teaching Arabic at private institutions or companies, for fulfilling administrative or consultative roles in educational organisations and for undertaking commissioning and editing in companies which create and market Arabic language courseware.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Arabic is equivalent to 3 post-graduate level course units carrying 135 CATS credits.
The Postgraduate Certificate in teaching Arabic is equivalent to 1.5 post-graduate level course units carrying 67.5 CATS credits.
Trainees take compulsory courses in two main areas.

1. Principles and Practice in Communicative Language Teaching for Arabic:

  • Arabic Applied Linguistics (0.5 unit)
  • Language Awareness, Methods and Techniques in Teaching Arabic (1 unit)

2. Knowledge and Skills for Second Language Teaching:

  • Theories of Language Learning and Acquisition (0.5 unit)
  • Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching and Language Assessment (1 unit)

Teaching Practice

A key component of the course is the opportunity for live observation of experienced teachers, followed by teaching practice of Arabic with different types of student groups, covering a range of levels. Trainees will observed and assessed in teaching Arabic, including the quality of lesson plans and teaching materials they have created, competencies in using a range of different communicative teaching techniques and ability to create rapport and establish a co-operative learning environment.

All our teacher trainers are expert classroom teachers themselves. Have a look at one of them teaching and see the kinds of classroom skills you will learn to use yourself.


The following is the timetable for the first (Certificate) stage of the programme in the Winter Term. Details of the second (Diploma) stage, which takes place in the Spring Term, will be available later. Classes in the Certificate stage run from 12th January till 2nd April. Attendance is required at all weekly sessions. On non-teaching days, trainees will work on independent assignments and readings and attend tutorials.

Feedback Tutorial and Arabic Applied Linguistics
Knowledge and Skills for Second Language Teaching
Teaching Practice
Language Specific Points

Student Evaluation

Eman - Student Profile Image

Our teacher trainees are always very positive about the quality of the teacher training programmes at the Language Centre. This is what Eman, a recent graduate from the Arabic Teacher Training programme, had to say about it:

“When I joined the course, I already had experience in teaching Arabic. However, this course has shown me a completely different approach to teaching Arabic. It made me re-think my teaching methods and strategies and helped me when designing my courses and syllabuses and preparing my teaching materials. Our studies consisted of lectures, seminars, workshops, peer teaching sessions and research activities. During the course, you will have the chance to teach students at SOAS and gain experience of using different kinds of equipment and teaching strategies."


PG Diploma in Teaching Arabic: £6,600.00. The Diploma programme fees can be paid in two termly instalments:

  • Term 1: £3,300.00
  • Term 2: £3,300.00

We offer a 5% discount to those who pay the full course fee at the start of term.

PG Certificate in Teaching Arabic: £3,900.00.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally have a first degree or equivalent, preferably in Arabic language or a related area. Candidates must pass a SOAS Language Centre test of Arabic language competency. Candidates must have a command of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5. The SOAS Admissions page gives more information about English language requirements.

Candidates will be accepted onto the programme subject to a satisfactory interview with the programme convenor. The English level of non-native English speaker applicants can be assessed as part of the interview. Arrangements can be made for telephone/Skype interviews.

Applying for the Programme

Enrolment onto our Teaching Certificate/Diploma programmes is by PG Application Form (pdf; 108kb) The completed form and supporting documentation (personal statement, transcripts or certificates from relevant previous study, evidence of English Language level and at least two references) should be sent to the Language Centre by post or e-mail.

We cannot accept payment in cash, or credit/debit card payment by telephone.

Closing Date for Applications: 

UK and EU Applicants - Wednesday 7th January 2015 
Overseas Applicants - CLOSED

If you need any further information please contact the Course Officer:

EMail: mp38@soas.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)20 7898 4595