SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Arabic Communicative Post-Beginners Level 1 Course

Duration: (Consolidation Holiday Course) 15 hours of classes over 5 weeks, 3 hours per week

  • Overview
  • Structure


Featured events

Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Course Aims

This Communicative Arabic Post-Beginners Course is for students who are currently between Beginners 3 and Elementary 2 levels, or for students who have completed at least 60 hours of formal Arabic language study. (If neither of these apply to you but you think this may be your level, an online assessment can be conducted, please book here.)

The course has a communicative focus on activating students' conversational skills and their confidence in using Arabic for a range of real-world scenarios.


The course is taught in both English and Arabic. It is purely topic based in order to support students’ learning and practising the use of widely communicative language through role-play activities.

Our online courses are delivered through a blended learning model: this is composed of 15 hours of live online structured lessons with the teacher, plus a minimum of 5 hours of blended learning. This is a guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the course.

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page.


Materials for this course are authentically created and sourced by the teacher, so no materials need to be purchased for this course. If you wish to read about which materials were used for the preceding courses, please visit our course materials page and any enquiries about availability can be forwarded to SOAS bookshop

Entry Requirements and Progression Route

This course is aimed at students who have completed the full Beginners Course (Beginners 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent (approximately 60 hours of formal study) and wish to further develop what they learnt before continuing in the Elementary. We recommend this course for students who wish to maintain their skills over the holidays.

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

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

Back to the Language Centre Homepage


Arabic Communicative Post-Beginners (1 Level)

In this course you will:

● Understand and use the following forms in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person, (singular and plural):
  ○ Interrogative
  ○ Affirmative
  ○ Negative
● Reinforce skills of introductions (jobs, place of residence and nationalities)
● Navigate a shopping scenario and learn about the tradition of haggling
● Confidently read currencies and consolidate numbers 1 to 1000
● Know how to navigate in Arabic the different elements of travelling (filling in landing cards, answering immigration questions, booking transport at the airport)
● Be able to book a holiday
● Know how to politely make requests
● Be familiar with the names of popular Arab cities and tourist attractions
● Know how to ask for and give directions
● Deal with unexpected incidents: reporting a crime, losing a passport
● Be able to apply for an Arabic course abroad and speak about your skills
● Learn how to navigate a job application and interview

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.