[skip to content]

SOAS Language Centre

Media Arabic


Featured events

Part of the range of Arabic courses at SOAS Language Centre

Level 1 (3 terms)

Media Arabic offers students the tools to access news information without any prior knowledge of media jargon. It introduces students to the vocabulary, style and content of the Arabic press and broadcast media, focusing largely on news-related material.

The course systematically covers current affairs in Arabic language mass media, and includes topics such as diplomacy, elections, economics, trade and industry, and interviews with prominent Arabic speakers.  

Students receive practical training to learn how to comprehend specialized vocabulary, style and subject content through texts by reading, analysing, translating, listening, debating and summarising.

Students will be using a wide range of resources and materials such as newspaper articles, interviews and political speeches. Students will enhance their knowledge of MSA and learn new structures.

If your knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic is at the intermediate level, Media Arabic offers the opportunity to widen your reading and comprehension of the language used in Arabic newspapers and broadcasts.

Please see the following link for assessments.

Level 2 (3 terms)

After completion of Level 1, students can progress to Further Media Arabic (3 terms). Details of this course will be available later this year.


The course is taught in English and Arabic Language and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Arabic Language grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Arabic Language 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.


Language Centre How To Apply

You can enrol:

Not a complete beginner?

If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.

To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.

Course Fees and Discounted Rates

An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.

If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 462kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.

Returning students

If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.