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Arabic (Colloquial Levantine) Intermediate Course

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

Course overview

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

This Intermediate course is for students who have completed the full Pre-Intermediate course at SOAS or an equivalent number of hours of formal Arabic language study (approximately 180 hours). (If neither of these apply to you but you think this may be your level, an online assessment can be conducted, please book an assessment.

Learners will be able to converse with more confidence, give presentations and engage actively in discussions about various topics they have covered. They will be able to take part in a variety of role-plays, read longer texts and be able to understand and discuss the main ideas of complex texts on both informational and abstract topics. This course is delivered by the Language Centre


The course is taught in Arabic with support in English and includes an increased exposure to Arabic grammar and vocabulary, while further developing the skills of comprehension in listening and reading, and the skills of expression in speaking and writing. This course places a greater focus on speaking skills for communicative purposes.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher and supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning which is supported by complementary material. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.


Our course materials page shows you what you need to buy for this course.

Entry requirements and progression route

This course is aimed at students who have completed the full Levantine Pre-Intermediate Course (Arabic Levantine Pre-Intermediate 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent (approximately 180 hours of formal study). After completing Intermediate 1, students progress onto Levantine Intermediate 2, and then Levantine Intermediate 3. After this, students can begin the Levantine Upper Intermediate level.

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

For course dates and information, please see our timetables


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

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