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Arabic (Levantine) Advanced 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

The Levantine Advanced course is for students who have completed the full Levantine Pre-Advanced course at SOAS or an equivalent number of hours of formal Arabic language study (a minimum of 360 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 understand a wide range of complex texts in both Levantine and Modern Standard Arabic, and be able to express ideas fluently and spontaneously in the Levantine dialect. Students will also be able to use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.


The course is taught in Arabic with very little to no use of English and includes great exposure to Arabic grammar and vocabulary. It also further develops 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: 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher and supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning which is supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.


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 Pre-Advanced Course (Arabic Levantine Pre-Advanced 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent (approximately 360 hours of formal study). After completing Levantine Advanced 1, students progress onto Levantine Advanced 2, and then Levantine Advanced 3. After this, students can begin the Levantine Proficiency level.

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

Please check our timetable for the term:

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Arabic Levantine Advanced 1:
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Arabic Levantine Advanced 2:
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Arabic Levantine Advanced 3:
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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.