Studying Arabic language at UCL Watch

ranut
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Hello there peeps. I may well be going to UCL hopefully if I get an offer soon and I was wondering has anyone here studied Arabic language at the language centre part-time courses from 7-9 in the evenings? I want to start as a beginner as I may well have free time on my hands and it would be useful to learn this language as I may well be returning back to the middle-east when I finish my masters. What can I be expect to learning? Is it difficult? Any feedback would be helpful!
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Anecdotally (I don't do arabic) the teaching at SOAS is much better.
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(Original post by The Blind Monk)
Anecdotally (I don't do arabic) the teaching at SOAS is much better.
Why do you think so? (I'm asking because I hold an offer for Language and Culture at UCL, with a module in Arabic, and students of the course have an access to SOAS's facilities - not sure about teaching though.)
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(Original post by The Blind Monk)
Anecdotally (I don't do arabic) the teaching at SOAS is much better.
Do current UCL students have an option of taking courses from SOAS?
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If I were to take an Arabic course the times surely wouldn't interfere with my master's studies would they?
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UCL students in most courses have electives that they're allowed to take at SOAS. Not 100% sure about engineering departments but definitely for history, ESPS etc.

I've been told by a friend who's done Arabic at both UCL and SOAS that the teaching is much better at SOAS. I can't comment too much more than that.
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Can someone tell me how easy it is to adapt to this language course? What the times are like?
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Can someone tell me how easy it is to adapt to this language course? What the times are like?
I know people who take courses in the evenings... One of my friends is doing Russian at the language centre. Other do them during the day... I guess it depends...
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Ive had my offer for Archaeology and would also be interested in starting a beginners course in Arabic if anyone has any information.
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I want some info too Katie, we may be on the same course!
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(Original post by KatieRhiannon)
Ive had my offer for Archaeology and would also be interested in starting a beginners course in Arabic if anyone has any information.
It is probable that you will have an elective module. You can take arabic with this. If not, there are evening classes at the UCL language centre.
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Any idea how much these evening course would cost? I would love to learn a language while I'm at UCL
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Any idea how much these evening course would cost? I would love to learn a language while I'm at UCL
I was looking at doing French and Japanese as evening courses (I have polyglotal aspirations) in 2011/12, and I'm fairly certain for UCL students it's £130 for 10 weeks of evening classes per language, one class a week.
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