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Arabic (Colloquial Egyptian) Beginners Course

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

The course is aimed at complete beginners and is designed to enable learners to communicate in spoken Egyptian Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations. The course introduces the students to the Arabic writing system and enables them to read and write basic words and sentences.


The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, though greater emphasis is placed on the learner’s ability to speak and listen.


Our course materials page shows you what you 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

For the first stage of this course in Egyptian Arabic (i.e. Egyptian Arabic Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Egyptian Arabic Beginners 2, you should have completed an Egyptian Arabic Beginners 1 course at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (approximately 20 hours). The progression route from Egyptian Arabic Beginners 1 is to Beginners 2, from Beginners 2 - to Beginners 3.

Related Information

See the full list of short evening courses and accredited programmes in Arabic on the Arabic Section Homepage.

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