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SOAS Language Centre

Accelerated Communicative Arabic Course

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

2017 Entry requirements

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

The course duration is one year consisting of three terms each of which is ten weeks long. Classes will take place on two evenings a week –Tuesdays and Thursdays 18:00 to 20:00. The first evening will be in MSA and the second in Colloquial Arabic.

The course in Advanced Communicative Arabic is designed for students who have completed the Diploma in Communicative Arabic at the Language Centre (add hyperlink to diploma page) or have reached a level equivalent to B2 level in the Common European Framework (add hyperlink to the CEFR ‘Can Do’s page). The course will enable students to maintain and further improve their Arabic in order to progress to Advanced level. If you are not sure if you are at a suitable level to join the course, please contact the Course Convenor, Ilham Salimane.


The course is taught in Arabic using contemporary authentic. It includes in-depth coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing with a good balance of increased competence in accurate language usage and further development of the skills of comprehending and producing standard and colloquial Arabic in speech and writing. Class size is limited to twelve to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

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As this is an Advanced course, based specifically on students’ evolving learning needs, the syllabus will be negotiated in discussion with the course participants.

Syllabus Aims

This course is designed to:
• Reinforce communicative ability in both Modern Standard and Colloquial Arabic
• Provide an in-depth approach towards understanding, interpreting and evaluating information delivered through contemporary media
• Enhance the ability to comprehend in detail current affairs and other topics of interest
      and to engage in fluent discussions about these
• Enable student to analyse and discuss complex texts from different genres of writing
• Develop more insight into the culture of the contemporary Arabic-speaking world
• Acquire the skills of using Colloquial Arabic with native-speaker like fluency and appropriacy of expression

Intended Syllabus Outcomes

Upon completion of Advanced Communicative Arabic, students should be able to:

• Contribute effectively to meetings and seminars within their own area of work
• Keep up a casual conversation with a good degree of fluency in both colloquial Arabic and MSA, coping with abstract expressions
• Read quickly and with accurate understanding a range of information in the Arabic media for
• Read and respond appropriately to messages conveyed in non-standard Arabic correspondence
• take reasonably accurate notes in professional meetings and prepare/draft professional correspondence,
• Write an essay in MSA which shows an ability to communicate clearly for a specific purpose.




 Brustad, K., Albatal, M. & Al-Tonsi, A. (2005) Al-Kitaab Fii Ta Allum Al- Arabiyya, Part 2 (2nd Ed.). Washington: Georgetown University Press
 Al-Tonsi, A., Salem, H. & Sullivan, N. K. (2012) Umm Al-Dunya: Advanced Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Cairo: American University at Cairo Press.
 Other materials specially compiled and created by the teacher (e.g. newspaper articles, online blogs, videos, documentaries, etc.)

Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop

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