Language Centre

Arabic (Levantine) Advanced Course

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

Course overview

Course aim

The Levantine Advanced course is for students who have completed the full Levantine Pre-Advanced course at SOAS or an equivalent number of hours of formal Arabic language study (a minimum of 360 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 understand a wide range of complex texts in both Levantine and Modern Standard Arabic, and be able to express ideas fluently and spontaneously in the Levantine dialect. Students will also be able to use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. 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.


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-Advanced Course (Arabic Levantine Pre-Advanced 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent (approximately 360 hours of formal study). After completing Levantine Advanced 1, students progress onto Levantine Advanced 2, and then Levantine Advanced 3. After this, students can begin the Levantine Proficiency 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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