Language Centre

Arabic (Modern Standard) Advanced 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 Advanced course is for students who have completed the full 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 (MS form).

Learners will be able to understand a wide range of complex texts, express ideas fluently and spontaneously, use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes, and produce clear, well-structured and detailed texts on fairly complex subjects. This course is delivered by the Language Centre


The course is taught in Arabic with very little to no use of English and includes great 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 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 Pre-Advanced Course (Arabic MSA Pre-Advanced 1, 2, and 3) or equivalent (approximately 360 hours of formal study). After completing Advanced 1, students progress onto Advanced 2, and then Advanced 3. After this, students can begin the Proficiency level.

Please note, that each term, classes 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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