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Arabic (Modern Standard) Beginners 1 - Intensive

Duration: 1 week, 20 hours

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

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

Arabic MSA Beginners 1 Intensive is aimed at complete beginners and is designed to enable learners to communicate in Modern Standard Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations.

Duration: 20 hours, 1 week, 13th - 17th August

Mode of attendance: Monday - Friday 10:00-15:00 (including a one-hour lunch break)


The course introduces the students to the Arabic alphabet: their shapes, sounds and articulation points, and enables them to read and write basic words and sentences.
Modern Standard Arabic is the recognised means of formal spoken and written communication. It is used throughout the Arabic speaking world on official occasions, in education and the media.
The course covers reading, speaking and listening using contemporary printed and audio material. An appropriate balance is struck between communicative activities, structure, practice and grammar.
By the end of the course participants will have a thorough grasp of the Arabic writing system. They should have a vocabulary of around 200 words and be able to use most elementary sentence patterns. Students are expected to undertake about 1-2 hours of self-study on top of contact hours.


The course is taught in English. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow for intensive practice.


Wightwick, J, and Gaafar, M. (2014) Mastering Arabic 3rd Edition. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Extra supplementary 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 introductory 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 intensive course is equivalent to the regular Beginner 1 course; students who completed this course should will be able to join any Beginners level 2 course at a later stage of the summer programme or in the Autumn or Winter Term of the academic year 2018-2019.


You can book this course in the Online Store.


Course Outline
Monday 10:00-15:00
  • Introduction to Arabic Language

  • Alphabet and Pronunciation Group 1 & 2

  • Greetings

  • Introducing Oneself: Name, Nationality and Job

  • Writing Simple Sentences

  • Male and Female Gender Forms

  • Talking About Your Family

Tuesday 10:00-15:00
  • Alphabet and Pronunciation Group 3 & 4

  • Feminine Words

  • What's This? Identifying Things

  • Talking About Your Job

  • Making Words Plural

  • Describing Things

  • Talking About Everyday Objects

Wednesday 10:00-15:00
  • Alphabet and Pronunciation Group 5 & 6

  • Possessive Endings

  • Polite Requests

  • Indefinite and Definite

  • Describing Places

  • Arabic Prepositions

  • Sun Letters

Thursday 10:00-15:00
  • Asking Questions (Where, How, What, etc.)

  • Introduction to Dialect Form of Asking Questions

  • Idafa Construction

  • Forming Sentence Structures

  • Further Types of Adjectives Forms

  • Further Types of Plural Forms

  • Describing Your Town

Friday 10:00-15:00
  • Writing and Listening Activities

  • Review and Test

Continuing Your Study

Upon the completion of the Arabic (MSA) Beginners 1 Intensive course, you can progress to any Beginners level 2 course at a later stage of the summer programme or in the Autumn or Winter Term of the academic year 2018-2019.