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Levantine Arabic Beginners 1 - Online Intensive Aug-Sept 2022

An online intensive course in Levantine Arabic for complete beginners

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Arabic (Levantine) Beginners 1 online intensive is designed to enable learners to communicate in Levantine Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations.

Levantine Arabic is the dialect of Arabic spoken in the Levant region of the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan). 

This course is designed for complete beginners of Levantine 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 (Levantine) Beginners 1 Online Intensive (42876)
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. The course places a greater focus on speaking for communicative purposes. Students are expected to undertake about 1-2 hours of self-study on top of the class contact hours.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent/group learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the course.


Our course materials page shows you what you need to buy for this course. Course materials are not included in the course fee.
The first chapter which you will cover is provided for free from the companion site:

All other materials will be provided by the teacher. 

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked the 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

For this Levantine Arabic Beginners 1 course, no previous knowledge is required. Click here to enrol for Levantine Arabic Beginners 1 (42876) 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 Beginners 1 course is equivalent to the 10 week Levantine Arabic Beginners 1 level. Students who complete this course should be able to join a Beginners 2 for our next term starting October 2022, or a future term at SOAS Language Centre.


Levantine Arabic Beginners 1
In this course you will:

● Recognise the Arabic alphabet and its transliteration
● Be comfortable with the pronunciation of the Arabic letters
● Read words and short familiar sentences
● Understand the difference between feminine and masculine forms
● Use common greetings
● Introduce yourself and exchange pleasantries
● Use adjectives to describe family members and places
● Count numbers up to 99 and tell the time
● Exchange simple information like nationality and interests
● Make polite requests and order beverages
● Talk about your daily activities
● Ask basic questions about professions and social status
● Compare uses of Levantine to Modern Standard Arabic
● Use possessive and personal pronouns effectively

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