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Arabic (Modern Standard) Pre-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 Pre-Advanced course is for students who have completed the full Upper Intermediate course at SOAS or an equivalent number of hours of formal Arabic language study (a minimum of 300 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 the meaning of written and spoken input contextualised in 'real world' settings using lexical and grammatical clues, initiate and sustain conversations on a variety of topics, and be familiar with some key differences between formal and spoken Arabic.


The course is taught in Arabic with very little to no use of English and includes a greater increase in 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 SOASbookshop

Entry Requirements and Progression Route

This course is aimed at students who have completed the full Upper Intermediate Course (Arabic MSA Upper Intermediate 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent (approximately 300 hours of formal study). After completing Pre-Advanced 1, students progress onto Pre-Advanced 2, and then Pre-Advanced 3. After this, students can begin the Advanced 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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