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Arabic (Modern Standard) Beginners 2 On Campus - 1 week intensive course August 2024

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19 August - 23 August 2024
Attendance mode
Daytime, on campus

Course overview

This is a 1-week daytime intensive on campus course aimed at students who have completed MSA Beginners 1 or equivalent, and is designed to enable learners to communicate in Modern Standard Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations.

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the recognised means of formal spoken and written communication. It is used throughout the Arabic-speaking world on official occasions, in education and the media. This course is delivered by the Language Centre.

If you are a complete beginner, please see our timetable for the Beginners 1 courses available.

Arabic (MSA) Beginners 2 Intensive On Campus (43582) August 2024 timetable: 

*There is a 1 hour lunch break each day. 

Monday19 August10am - 3pm 
Tuesday20 August10am - 3pm
Wednesday21 August10am - 3pm
Thursday22 August10am - 3pm
Friday23 August10am - 3pm


The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes an appropriate exposure to Arabic grammar and vocabulary, while developing the skills of comprehension in listening and reading, and the skills of expression in speaking and writing.


Our course materials page shows you what you need to buy for this course. Course materials are not included in the course fee. 


  • £399

Please see our course fees for full information and discounts available.


SOAS, University of London. See SOAS campus map.
Room details will be provided in the course confirmation correspondence. 


Arabic (Modern Standard) Beginners 2

In this course you will:

  • talk about people and countries
  • describe nationalities
  • be familiar with MENA countries and their capitals
  • recall the numbers 1-10, then 11-100
  • understand conjugation and use of numbers
  • navigate a shopping situation
  • describe what you have and what you want
  • use gender agreement between nouns and adjectives
  • know the colours and how to use them
  • navigate a party situation
  • talk about holidays
  • use the days of the week
  • describe your daily routine
  • learn basic media-related vocabulary
  • understand the introduction to the dual and some plural patterns
  • understand and recognise past tense verbs

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

Terms and conditions

Before applying, please be sure that you have read the SOAS Language Centre terms and conditions

How to apply

This course is suitable for students who have completed the MSA Beginners 1 course at SOAS, or equivalent. Note that students are responsible for self-assessing and checking their level using the course overview/structure PRIOR to enrolling on this course.

Please note that places are first come first served. Enrolments are taken until the course is fully booked, or up to midnight 12 August, whichever is soonest.

Continuing your study

This course is equivalent to completing MSA Beginners 2 level.  Students who complete this course may be able to join a Beginners 3 for our next term starting October 2024, or a future term at SOAS Language Centre.

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