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SOAS Language Centre

Arabic (Modern Standard) 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 Advanced course is for students who have completed the full 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, express ideas fluently and spontaneously, use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes, and produce clear, well-structured and detailed texts on fairly complex subjects.


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 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.

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page 


Our course materials page shows you what you 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 Pre-Advanced Course (Arabic MSA Pre-Advanced 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent (approximately 360 hours of formal study). After completing Advanced 1, students progress onto Advanced 2, and then Advanced 3. After this, students can begin the Proficiency level.

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

For course dates and information, please see our timetable Information:

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