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Arabic (Modern Standard) Advanced

An advanced course in Modern Standard Arabic

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

A weekday evening course in Modern Standard Arabic for Advanced students who have completed the Pre-Advanced level course or its equivalent.

The course aims to enable students to start using authentic materials and work towards greater fluency in different types of Arabic discourse and to reinforce and expand the skills of communicating in Modern Standard Arabic acquired on the Pre-Advanced course or other similar courses. Having completed the course, students should be able to:

•understand a wide range of  complex sentences with longer clauses and recognize implicit meaning

•express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions

•use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes

•produce clear, well-structured and detailed text on fairly complex subjects, showing good control of connectors, cohesive devices and a good range of lexical phrases


The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Arabic grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Arabic in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.


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

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