SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Arabic 300

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Year 3
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Full Year

This is a language-use course, and builds on knowledge acquired in Arabic 100 and 200. Students study authentic Arabic texts of various literary genres and gain further knowledge of grammar (syntax and structure). The course develops students' competence not only in reading and understanding but also in written composition.


Satisfactory completion of Arabic 200 or equivalent.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

This course is a continuation of Arabic 200. It will reinforce the skills taught in Arabic 100 and Arabic 200 and introduce authentic Arabic texts. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to read authentic texts of various genres in Modern Standard Arabic with the help of a dictionary.


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 5 hours contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

Teaching is principally based on the course book:

  • Arabiyyat Al-Naas - Part two - Munther Younes and Hanada Al-Masri. The course convenor will also provide additional learning materials.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination in May-June (60%). One 15-minute oral examination (10%). Two term tests at the end of term 1 and in the middle of term 2 (15% each).

Suggested reading

  • Modern Standard Arabic Grammar, A learner Guide, Mohammed T. Alhawary


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