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

Advanced Standard Modern Arabic

Course Code:
15PNMC402
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  1. Knowledge and understanding of higher intermediate Arabic grammar
  2. Knowledge and understanding of a substantial range of Arabic vocabulary
  3. Knowledge and understanding of a substantial range of Arabic texts
  4. Ability to produce written Arabic at a higher intermediate level
  5. Ability to understand and operate at a substantial range of Arabic registers
  6. Ability to communicate in Arabic at a higher intermediate level
  7. Knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Arabic in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. 10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS.  Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides teaching and learning of higher intermediate level Arabic language. It covers a wide variety of texts covering literature, politics, religion, science etc…
Teaching will cover reading, analysing, writing listening and speaking.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the study.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (45%); a 3,000 word (or equivalent) translation to be submitted on day 1, term 3 (30%); one 20 minute oral examination (15%); one two-hour test taken in term 2 (10%).