Language Centre

Arabic (Colloquial Egyptian) Beginners Course

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Key information

1 term per sub-level; 10 weeks per term
Attendance mode
Part-time, online/blended learning

Course overview

Course aim

The course is aimed at complete beginners and is designed to enable learners to communicate in spoken Egyptian Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations. The course introduces the students to the Arabic writing system and enables them to read and write basic words and sentences. This course is delivered by the Language Centre


The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, though greater emphasis is placed on the learner’s ability to speak and listen.

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 learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.

Online course requirements

Please ensure you have checked the learner support page


Our course materials page shows you what you need to buy for this course. Course materials are not included in the course fee and can be purchased from the SOAS bookshop (email or any other source you can find.

Entry requirements and progression route

For the first stage of this course in Egyptian Arabic (i.e. Egyptian Arabic Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Egyptian Arabic Beginners 2, you should have completed an Egyptian Arabic Beginners 1 course at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (approximately 20 hours). The progression route from Egyptian Arabic Beginners 1 is to Beginners 2, from Beginners 2 - to Beginners 3.

Please note, that each term, courses are subject to quorum requirements.

For course dates and information, please see our timetables


Arabic Egyptian Beginners 1

In this course you will learn how to:

  • introduce yourself and exchange greetings
  • exchange simple information like nationality, residence, and professions
  • describe family members and places
  • offer food and drink and learn about some Egyptian dishes
  • learn how to accept and refuse politely
  • describe objects including household items
  • ask for the quantity and cost of items using numbers up to 100
  • name some Egyptian souvenirs
  • give descriptions of items including colours
  • recognise the Arabic alphabet and its transliteration
  • read simple words in an Egyptian accent

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.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules

Related information

See the full list of Language Centre short courses in Arabic on the Arabic language homepage

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