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Arabic (Colloquial Levantine) Pre-Intermediate Course

Duration: 1 term per sub-level; 10 weeks per term; 20 hours blended learning.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Course Aims

Levantine Arabic is the dialect of Arabic spoken in the Levant region of the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan). 

This Levantine Pre-Intermediate course is for students who have completed the full Elementary course at SOAS or an equivalent number of hours of formal Arabic language study (approximately 120 hours). (If neither of these apply to you but you think this may be your level, an online assessment can be conducted, please book here.)

Learners will be able to converse with confidence, give presentations and engage actively in discussions about the topics they have covered. They will be able to conduct interviews and report on these using the vocabulary and grammar they have learned, read longer and more complex texts in different genres and speak with some fluency about a variety of articles and topics of interest to them.


The course is taught in Arabic with support in English and includes a healthy exposure to Arabic grammar and vocabulary which will be need to develop the skills of comprehension in listening and reading, and the skills of expression in speaking and writing. This course places a greater focus on speaking skills for communicative purposes.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. The lessons are supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page for the Collaborate Session Preparation and Checklist, Required Equipment & Software.


Our course materials page explains what you will need to buy for this course. Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop

Entry Requirements and Progression Route

This course is aimed at students who have completed the full Levantine Elementary Course (Arabic Levantine Elementary 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent (approximately 120 hours of formal study). After completing Levantine Pre-Intermediate 1, students progress onto Levantine Pre-Intermediate 2, and then Levantine Pre-Intermediate 3. After this, students can begin the Levantine Intermediate level.

Please note, that each term, classes are subject to quorum requirements.

For course dates and information, please see our timetable Information: