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Egyptian Arabic Beginners 1 Online - semi-intensive course August 2024

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Start of programme
6 August - 5 September 2024
Attendance mode
Part-time, online/blended learning

Course overview

This 5 week course is aimed at complete beginners and is designed to enable learners to communicate in spoken Egyptian Arabic within a limited range of everyday situations. 

The course introduces the students to the Arabic writing system and enables them to read and write basic words and sentences. This course is delivered by the Language Centre.

Egyptian Arabic Beginners 1 Online Semi-Intensive (43574) August 2024 timetable:

Tuesday6 August7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday8 August7pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday13 August7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday15 August7pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday20 August7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday22 August7pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday27 August7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday29 August7pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday3 September7pm - 8:30pm
Thursday5 September7pm - 8:30pm


The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, though greater emphasis is placed on the learner’s ability to speak and listen.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning 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. Course materials are not included in the course fee. 


  • £299

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


Egyptian Arabic Beginners 1

In this course you will:

  • introduce yourself and exchange greetings
  • exchange simple information like nationality, residence, and professions
  • describe family members and places
  • learn how to offer food and drink and learn about some Egyptian dishes
  • learn how to accept and refuse politely
  • describe objects including household items
  • ask for the quantity and cost of items using numbers up to 100
  • name some Egyptian souvenirs
  • give descriptions of items including colours
  • recognise the Arabic alphabet and its transliteration
  • read simple words in an Egyptian accent

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 Egyptian Beginners 1 course is aimed at complete beginners, no previous knowledge is required. 

​Please note that places are first come first served. Enrolments are taken until the course is fully booked, or up to midnight 23 July, whichever is soonest.

Continuing your study

This semi-intensive Beginners 1 course is equivalent to the 10 week Egyptian Arabic Beginners 1 course. Students who complete this course may be able to join a Beginners 2 for our term starting October 2024, or a future term at SOAS Language Centre.

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