SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Arabic (Modern Standard) Lower Intermediate Course

3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week. Each term courses are subject to quorum requirements.

2018 Entry requirements

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

The course builds on the skills acquired on an Arabic beginners course comprising 60-80 hours of classroom learning. The course aims to enable learners starting from lower intermediate level to use Modern Standard Arabic in a range of frequently encountered situations across the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course teaches students to express themselves effectively in common communicative interactions beyond basic survival requirements. It enables students to use a range of phrase and sentence structures as well as frequent vocabulary and expressions. It also develops students’ ability to process the Arabic writing system so that they can successfully read and write simple texts.


The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Arabic grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Arabic in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

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