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Basic Literacy in Arabic Semi-intensive

A semi-intensive course literacy skills for reading and writing the Arabic script

Duration: 1 week, 10 hours

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: The fee for this course is £150, payable in advance

Basic Literacy in Arabic Semi-intensive is designed to enable learners to develop basic literacy skills for reading and writing the Arabic script.

Duration: 1 week, 10 hours, Monday 10th September - Friday 14th September 2018

Mode of attendance: 18:00-20:00, five weekday evenings, Monday to Friday


This is a course aimed at developing basic skills for reading and writing the Arabic script. This can be useful for those who can speak already but want to continue learning Arabic beyond simply speaking and for heritage learners and new Muslims who would like to learn the basics with the eventual aim of reading the holy Quran.

Students will learn Arabic letters, their shapes and sounds and will be able to read short, simple texts by the end of the course. They will be also learning how to write and will be exposed to the different writing fonts/styles including the Usmani (Quranic script).

In class, students are encouraged to interact with each other in pairs or in small groups. Outside of the class, participants are asked to put in sufficient effort between sessions to undertake the necessary consolidation of in-class learning so that progress targets can be achieved. This means about 2 hours of guided self-study each day.


The course is taught in English and Arabic and materials will be provided by the teacher. No previous knowledge of Arabic script is needed.

Class size is limited to fifteen to allow for intensive interactive practice and individual support.


All 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 beginner 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

There are several options after completion of the course: those with good speaking skills will be able to join our ‘Native Speakers’ course in the Autumn Term starting in October; those interested in studying Quranic Arabic can also join this specific course in October; those who wish to go on with Modern Standard Arabic will be placed in the correct course for their level considering both their speaking and their writing skills.


You can book this course in our Online Store.