SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 500

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This module aims to utilize students' knowledge of syntax to develop their ability in comprehension and grammatical analysis as well as composition and translation into Arabic. The module is based on the reading and discussion of three types of written language: various literary texts, Arabic journalism and selected texts for translation. The module also caters for the oral aspect of language learning.


Successful completion of Arabic 2 or equivalent standard.


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

Scope and syllabus

Attention is paid to aspects of reading, comprehension, grammar, syntax and style. Throughout the teaching year students present unsupervised work in Arabic in the form of translations and composition. This work is usually graded and commented upon by the teacher.

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).


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