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Arabic (Colloquial Levantine) Upper 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 Levantine Upper Intermediate course is for students who have completed the full Levantine Intermediate course at SOAS or an equivalent number of hours of formal or informal Arabic language study (approximately 240 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 (MS form)

Learners will be able to deploy a wide range of grammatical patterns as well as to use fairly sophisticated vocabulary and expressions. It also develops students’ ability to speak confidently and fluently so that they can talk about and discuss a range of topics with ease. This course is delivered by the Language Centre


The course is taught in Arabic with very little use of English and includes a further increase in exposure to Arabic grammar and vocabulary. It also further develops the skills of comprehension in listening and reading, and the skills of expression in speaking and writing. This course focuses mostly 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 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

This course is aimed at students who have completed the full Levantine Intermediate Course (Arabic Levantine Intermediate 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent (approximately 240 hours of formal study). After completing Levantine Upper Intermediate 1, students progress onto Levantine Upper Intermediate 2, and then Levantine Upper Intermediate 3. After this, students can begin the Levantine Pre-Advanced level.

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

For course dates and information, please see our timetables



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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