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SOAS Language Centre

Introduction to Malay Course

Duration: One-year course with 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week


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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.

This SOAS Language Centre course in Malay is designed to give participants a basic conversational ability in the language. The course takes the form of a series of situation contexts in which participants will be asked to understand what is taking place around them and to respond in comprehensible and clear Malay.


The course is taught in English and Malay. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

Summary of course contents (by session)
  • Greetings and introductions
  • Getting around (1): the basics for travellers
  • Getting around (2): sightseeing
  • Getting around (3): the market place
  • Getting around (1-3): consolidation
  • Social contexts (1): an invitation to a Malay home
  • Social contexts (2): speaking about religion and the Malay culture
  • Social contexts (3): using Malay in formal situations
  • Social contexts (1-3): consolidation
  • Overview of vocabulary and grammar

Continuing your study

Subject to demand, the Language Centre may be able to schedule Introduction to Malay 2 later in the academic year. Speaking and comprehension skills continue to be developed, allowing students to progress with confidence. The use of Malay in formal contexts will also be covered.




The text that has been prescribed for the course is as follows:
Othman, Z. (2012) Colloquial Malay (2nd Ed.). London: Routledge.

Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop bookshop@soas.ac.uk. You are advised not to purchase course materials until your course has been confirmed.

Language Centre How To Apply


You can view our short course timetables here.

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; 35kb) , 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.