SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 200

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year

This module is a continuation of Arabic 100. It completes the coverage of the grammar and syntax of Modern Standard Arabic and trains students in reading, comprehending and writing with the help of a dictionary more complex Arabic sentences and passages.


Satisfactory completion of Arabic 100 or equivalent.

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 intermediate Arabic grammar 
  2. knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Arabic vocabulary 
  3. knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Arabic structures and expressions in a given context 
  4. the ability to understand passages in written Arabic of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics 
  5. the ability to produce passages in written Arabic of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics 
  6. the ability to understand spoken Arabic and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics


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

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination in May-June (60%); an oral examination of 15 minutes duration (20%); a two-hour test  the end of term 1 (10%), a two hour test at the end of term 2 (10%).

Suggested reading

  • Arabiyyat Al-Naas - Part two - Munther Younes and Hanada Al-Masri

The module convenor will also provide additional texts from contemporary Arabic media.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules