SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Certificate & Diploma in Communicative Arabic

Programme Code: UOFD0001

Start of programme: Monday 26 September 2016

Duration:
This is a one-year programme with three syllabus units taught over three terms in one academic year.

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Description

The Diploma in Communicative Arabic programme at SOAS Language Centre in London is designed to prepare students with no previous knowledge of Arabic to live and work in an Arabic-speaking environment.

Students who successfully complete Unit 1 may progress to Unit 2. Students who successfully complete Units 1 and 2 are awarded the Certificate in Communicative Arabic and may progress to Term 3. Students who successfully complete Units/Terms 2 and 3 are awarded the Diploma in Communicative Arabic. 'Successful completion' means that the student has met the attendance requirements for the term, has submitted satisfactory course work and passed the end-of-unit oral and written exams.

A student awarded the Certificate will be able to communicate effectively in Arabic in a limited range of situations and be able to read and write basic Arabic with ease. S/he will have a good command of the language used in survival situations, social conversations, everyday transactions, discussions of current affairs and in various job-related contexts.

A student awarded the Diploma will be able to communicate effectively in Arabic in a wide range of social and professional situations and be able to read and write Arabic of considerable complexity, ranging across a wide variety of topics. S/he will have an assured command of the grammar and vocabulary of the language and be able to participate confidently in conversations that cover more sophisticated topics and/or involve mixed registers.

How do these awards compare with other standards?

Approximate equivalents with other recognised standards of language proficiency are given below for general guidance only.

AwardLanguage LevelCEFR CategoryCEFR BandAl-Arabiyya  Test
Certificate Intermediate Threshold B1 Intermediate
Diploma Upper Intermediate Vantage B2 Upper Intermediate

Progression to a SOAS Degree

It is possible, in some cases, for Diploma holders who pass with a merit grade (60%) and can demonstrate that they have the required academic standard, to progress to the second year of the SOAS BA Arabic degree. For other students, it may be possible to progress to the first year of the degree, if they take an additional language test. Further details about progression requirements will be posted here shortly. Meanwhile, applicants interested in progression options should, in the first instance, before they enrol, seek the advice of the Programme Convenor, Ms Ilham Salimane, Email: is23@soas.ac.uk

Structure

The course is scheduled to run Monday to Friday daytime, with classes typically being held either in the late morning or early afternoon. In addition to the classroom contact hours and scheduled online sessions, some small group or individual tutorials will be available by appointment. The programme is very demanding and students will be expected to spend at least 20 hours of study outside class every week.

The programme is based on the communicative approach to teaching Arabic and develops the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a balanced way. Students will also learn to activate grammatical patterns and acquire a wide range of vocabulary which they can use to express their meanings accurately and appropriately. The programme is continually adapted to students’ learning needs and so the pattern of learning activities varies from session to session.

Materials

In addition to audio-visual materials and a variety of original materials supplied by the teachers, the course is based on a number of core textbooks such as:

  • Brustad, K., Albatal, M. & Al-Tonsi, A. (2010) Alif Baa Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds. 3rd Ed. Washington: Georgetown University Press
  • Brustad, K., Albatal, M. & Al-Tonsi, A. (2004) Al-Kitaab Fii Ta Allum Al- Arabiyya: Pt. 1. 2rd Ed. Washington: Georgetown University Press
  • Brustad, K., Albatal, M. & Al-Tonsi, A. (2005) Al-Kitaab Fii Ta Allum Al- Arabiyya: Pt. 2. 2rd Ed. Washington: Georgetown University Press

The required materials may be obtained from the Language Centre.

Other Learning Opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to attend relevant seminars and lectures available in the School, such as those organised by the Centre of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Centre Of Islamic Studies, Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Law and the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of termly written and oral examinations and continuous assessment.

Student Evaluation

Our students are very positive about the quality of the learning experience at the Language Centre. This is what Ahmed, a former student, had to say about his language diploma course:

Ahmed Bobat

"Whether it be in learning a language or baking a cake, when looking to create success, one must have a recipe to follow. The Diploma in Communicative Arabic is that recipe. From incredibly motivating and inspiring teachers who go far beyond what can ever be expected of them, to a course curriculum that could not have been better structured - the foundations of excellence are very well laid. And then you add course materials which seem to understand the difficulties of Arabic learners, and last but not least an amazing group of class mates to keep that motivation going. Blend together with a year of solid personal effort and there you have it - success."

Timetable

Term Dates for 2016-2017

Term 1: 26 September - 16th December 2016

Term 2: 9th January - 31st March 2017

Term 3: 18th April - 16th June 2017

NOTE: Students must be present also during the following exam week as 2 Mondays lost to Bank Holidays will be made up and exams will take place between 19th and 23rd June.

Fees for the Diploma

Home/EU Students: £9,000.00

The course fees for Home/EU students can be paid in three termly instalments:

  • Term 1: £3,000.00
  • Term 2: £3,000.00
  • Term 3: £3,000.00

Overseas Students: £10,995.00

To qualify for a Tier 4 VISA, all overseas students must pay their course tuition fees in full upon accepting their offer.

Students who enrol on this programme may apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) to cover fees. For further information on this, please follow the link below:

Career Development Loans

* For Self-Funding students only, we offer a 5% discount to those who pay the full course fee at the start of the first term.

How to Apply

To apply for a Language Centre Certificate/Diploma programme you can download our application and payment forms or contact us for the forms. Please read the terms and conditions before filling in the forms. Completed application forms, accompanied by the course fee, made payable to SOAS, should be returned to SOAS Language Centre.

For Overseas applicants, you will need to apply for a student visa. To start this process, see our guidelines page.

Application Deadlines

Overseas applicants who require a Tier 4 study visa should begin the via application process as soon as possible. They should start gathering the necessary documents and financial statements at the same time as they apply to us so that they are ahead and ready to quickly complete the visa process as soon as they receive our written unconditional offer.

To allow for this, the final deadline for applications from overseas students, accompanied by the course fee, made payable to SOAS, is Friday, August 26th . Late applications from overseas students may be considered if there are places left and only if it is likely that the visa can be obtained in time.
Please note: if there any hold-ups with the visa, students may be accepted onto the course up to two weeks after the start date only. Last joining date: Monday 10th October. If the visa is not obtained in time, students cannot join the course and their place may be allocated to an applicant on the waiting list.

Students not requiring a visa should also apply as early as possible to be sure of getting a place but by Friday September 9th at the latest. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Programme Convener and only if there are places remaining.

The Language Centre contact for this programme is Ms Ilham Salimane, Arabic Language Specialist:

Ilham Salimane