Mode of Attendance: Part-time
Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.
This course is designed for complete beginners of Modern Standard 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.
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
Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page for the Collaborate Session Preparation and Checklist, Required Equipment & Software.
Entry Requirements and Progression Route
For this course, Arabic MSA Beginners 1, no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Arabic MSA Beginners 2, you need to have completed the Beginners 1 course (regular or intensive) at SOAS Language Centre, or have an equivalent level of guided learning hours (a minimum of 15 hours).
The progression from Arabic MSA Beginners 1 is to Beginners 2, and then to Beginners 3. Upon successful completion of Arabic MSA Beginners 3, learners can progress to an Elementary level course in Arabic.
Please note, that each term, classes are subject to quorum requirements.
Arabic MSA Beginners 1, 2, and 3 are scheduled as part of our Spring Term courses. For course dates and information, please see our timetable information:
- How to Apply
- Term Dates and Course Fees
- Terms and Conditions
- Learner Support (incl. SOAS account, SOAS library card, BLE/Moodle access)
See the full list of short evening courses and accredited programmes in Arabic on the Arabic Section Homepage.
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