Mode of Attendance: Part-time
Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.
Levantine Arabic is the dialect of Arabic spoken in the Levant region of the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan).
This course is designed for complete beginners of Levantine Arabic and will teach them to apply the language within a limited range of everyday situations using the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will learn to express themselves at a basic level of communicative interaction. They will also be introduced to the essentials of the Arabic writing system and learn to read and write basic words and sentences.
The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes an appropriate exposure to Arabic grammar and vocabulary, while developing the skills of comprehension in listening and reading, and the skills of expression in speaking and writing. The course places a greater focus on speaking 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. This is 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
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Entry Requirements and Progression Route
For this course, Levantine Beginners 1, no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Levantine Beginners 2, you need to have completed the Levantine 1 course at SOAS Language Centre, or have an equivalent level of guided learning hours (a minimum of 15 hours).
The progression from Levantine Beginners 1 is to Levantine Beginners 2, and then to Levantine Beginners 3. Upon successful completion of Levantine Beginners 3, learners can progress to an Elementary level course in Arabic.
Often at Beginners 1 and 2 level it is possible to transition from MSA to Levantine, or vice versa, as at this stage the difference is minimal.
Please note, that each term, classes are subject to quorum requirements.
Levantine Beginners 1, 2 and 3 are schedule for our Oct-Dec 21 courses. Please see our timetable for more information: https://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecentre/enrolment/
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