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Arabic (Levantine) Beginners 1 - Semi-intensive

Duration: 2 weeks (20 hours)

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Fees for this 20-hour semi-intensive course is £299, payable in advance.

Arabic (Levantine) Beginners 1 Semi-intensive is designed to enable learners to communicate in Levantine Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations.

Levantine Arabic is the recognised means of spoken communication used throughout the Levantine region, including Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan.

Duration: 20 hours, two weeks, Monday 2nd July - Friday 13th July 2018

Mode of attendance: 18:00-20:00 on weekday evenings, Monday to Friday


This semi-intensive course at SOAS Language Centre is aimed at complete beginners. The course is designed to enable learners to communicate in Levantine Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations. The course covers reading, speaking and listening using contemporary printed and audio/visual material. An appropriate balance is struck between communicative activities, structure, practice and grammar. Students are introduced to the Arabic alphabet - the shapes, sounds and articulation points of letters - and taught how to read and write very basic words and sentences. Students will acquire a vocabulary of around 200 words and be able to use very basic sentence patterns and expressions in simple everyday conversation.


The course is taught in Arabic and English.

Class size is limited to fifteen to allow for intensive interactive practice and individual support.


All materials will be provided by the teacher.


All courses will take place on the Bloomsbury campus of SOAS. Click here for a map of the Bloomsbury campus.

Room locations will be notified once the Registration Period for the course has closed.


There are discounts available for SOAS staff and students and also for staff and students of a number of University of London colleges. Please check here to see the list of colleges of which membership would qualify an applicant for a discount.

Terms and Conditions

Before applying, please be sure that you have read the SOAS Language Centre Terms and Conditions.

How to Apply

Since beginner courses presuppose no knowledge of the language, there are no assessments offered for this course. To apply, simply click on the relevant product in the Online Store (If a discount applies, please contact the relevant Administrator).

Important Note

Please note that, if you wish to progress smoothly to the next level of study, you should expect to devote enough time out of class to self-study and revision. Although the summer courses are designed to ensure that you make progress regardless of how much self-study you do, we strongly recommend that you put sufficient private study time aside to support the in-class tuition you receive. Please be aware that the pace of the summer courses is fast-moving. You are strongly advised not to over-commit yourself for the duration of a course that contains the word ‘intensive’ in its description. For those who wish to study at a more leisurely pace (one contact session of 2 hours a week), our term-time courses are ideally suited.

Continuing Your Study

This semi-intensive course is equivalent to Levantine Arabic Beginner 1. Students who complete this course should be able to join any Beginners 2 course either in a later cycle of the summer programme or in the Autumn or Winter Term of the academic year 2018-2019.


You can book this course in our Online Store.