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Arabic (Modern Standard) Beginners 1 - Online Intensive Aug-Sept 2022

An online intensive course in Modern Standard Arabic for complete beginners

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Arabic (MSA) Beginners 1 online intensive 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.

This course is designed for complete beginners of Modern Standard Arabic and will teach them to apply the language within a limited range of everyday situations using the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will learn to express themselves at a basic level of communicative interaction. They will also be introduced to the essentials of the Arabic writing system and learn to read and write basic words and sentences.

Duration: 15hrs of classes, 5 weeks

Arabic (MSA) Beginners 1 Online Intensive (42875)
August-September 2022 Timetable:

Day Date Time
Tuesday 2nd August 19.00-20.30
Thursday 4th August 19.00-20.30
Tuesday 9th August 19.00-20.30
Thursday 11th August 19.00-20.30
Tuesday 16th August 19.00-20.30
Thursday 18th August 19.00-20.30
Tuesday 23rd August 19.00-20.30
Thursday 25th August 19.00-20.30
Tuesday 30th August 19.00-20.30
Thursday 1st September 19.00-20.30


The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes an appropriate exposure to Arabic grammar and vocabulary, while developing the skills of comprehension in listening and reading, and the skills of expression in speaking and writing.

Our online courses are delivered through a blended learning model: this is composed of 15 hours of live online structured lessons with the teacher, plus a minimum of 5 hours of blended learning. This is a guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the course.


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

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked our Learner Support page.


£299. Please see our Fees Page for full information and discounts available.

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 (42875) online 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 Course Contents

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.