SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 100

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge and understanding of basic Arabic grammar
  2. knowledge and understanding of essential Arabic vocabulary
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of basic Arabic structures and expressions in a given context
  4. the ability to understand short passages in written Arabic on everyday topics
  5. the ability to produce short passages in written Arabic on everyday topics


A total of 22 weeks teaching with 5 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

This module is an introductory module in Modern Standard Arabic. It provides basic grounding in Arabic grammar and syntax and trains students in reading, comprehending and writing, listening and basic conversation and simple Arabic sentences and passages.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination in May-June (50%); an oral examination of 15 minutes (20%); and one two-hour test at the end of term 1 (15%), one two-hour test at the end of term 2 (15%).

Suggested reading

Teaching is principally based on the course book:

  • Brustad K., M. Al-Batal & A. Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, Third Edition, Georgetown University Press, 2010
  • Kristen Brustad, Mohmoud Al-Batal & Abbas Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-Arabiyya, Part one, 3rd Edition,Georgetown University Press, 2011


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