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Arabic (Modern Standard) Beginners 1 - On Campus Intensive August 2022

An on campus intensive course in Modern Standard Arabic for complete beginners

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Arabic (MSA) Beginners 1 on campus is a 1-week daytime on campus course aimed at complete beginners and is designed to enable learners to communicate in Modern Standard Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations.

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) 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.

Duration: 20 hours of classes, 1 week

Arabic (MSA) Beginners 1 On Campus Intensive (42877)
August 2022 Timetable:

(1 hour lunch break each day from 12:00-13:00)

Day Date Time
Monday 1st August 10:00-12:00 + 13:00-15:00
Tuesday 2nd August 10:00-12:00 + 13:00-15:00
Wednesday 3rd August 10:00-12:00 + 13:00-15:00
Thursday 4th August 10:00-12:00 + 13:00-15:00
Friday 5th August 10:00-12:00 + 13:00-15:00

The course is taught in Arabic and English and covers listening, speaking, reading and writing, using contemporary printed and audio/visual material. An appropriate balance is struck between learning the grammar and vocabulary for accuracy and communicative activities for fluency practice. Students are introduced to the Arabic alphabet - the shapes, sounds and articulation points of the most frequently used letters - and taught how to read and write fairly basic words and sentences. Students will acquire a vocabulary of around 200 words and be able to use fairly basic sentence patterns and expressions in simple everyday conversation.


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

Extra supplementary materials will be provided by the teacher.

Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop


£329. Please see our Fees Page for full information and discounts available.


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Room details will be provided once the enrolment period for the course has closed.

Terms and Conditions

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

How to Apply

This MSA Beginner 1 course is aimed at complete beginners, no previous knowledge is required. Click here to enrol for Arabic (MSA) Beginners 1 (42877) on campus intensive. ​Please note that places are first come first served. Enrolments are taken until the course is fully booked, or up to midnight 17th July, whichever is soonest.

Continuing Your Study

This MSA Beginners 1 course is equivalent to the 10 week MSA Beginners 1 level; students who complete this course may be able to join a Beginners 2 for our term starting October 2022, or a future term at SOAS Language Centre.


Arabic MSA Beginners 1

In this course you will:

● Recognise and use the Arabic alphabet
● Be comfortable with the pronunciation of the letters
● Understand the difference between feminine and masculine forms
● Use common greetings
● Introduce yourself
● Share your nationality, profession, and family
● Form simple sentences
● Describe things like your town and objects
● Make polite requests
● Explain what belongs to who
● Ask basic questions
● Understand features of dialects
● Understand the iḍafa structure

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.