SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 1 Foundation

Module Code:
155905005
Credits:
60
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Full Year

This module provides a thorough grounding in Modern Standard (or Literary) Arabic. This is the universally accepted written form of the language throughout the modern Arab world, used in official correspondence, formal address, news and current affairs broadcasting, though not in everyday conversation. The main emphasis is on mastering the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic as a means of written communication, particularly in relation to journalism. News broadcasts are introduced in the second term, and oral competence is developed through extensive use of media resources as well as in small-group conversation classes, where some elements of colloquial Arabic are also introduced.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will . . .

  • have a solid elementary level of competence in both productive (speaking/writing) and receptive skills (reading/ listening) in Arabic 
  • be acquiring translation skills both to and from Arabic/English 
  • have some knowledge of cultural issues in relation to uses of the language also form part of the course requirements
  • begin mastering the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic as a means of written communication, particularly in relation to journalism
  • gain oral competence which is developed through extensive use of language laboratory facilities as well as in small-group conversation classes, where some elements of colloquial Arabic are also introduced
  • be able to handle basic materials in Arabic and produce elementary Arabic

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 10 hours classroom contact per week consisting of 5 hours lectures, 4 hours seminars and 1 hour language class.

Scope and syllabus

A graded internally-produced syllabus is followed. This provides grammar, vocabulary, exercises, passages for translation and comprehension.

Method of assessment

Two three-hour written examinations, consisting of passages for translation and comprehension, various substitution drills and other exercises, and questions on grammar (60%); one 20 minute oral examination (20%) and two mid-term tests (20%).

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