SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 5 B (UG)

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Term 2

IMPORTANT! First Year students: before applying, please check the Arabic Module Choices guide to determine your appropriate entry level for Arabic.

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.

This is an advanced language acquisition course.


Satisfactory completion of Arabic 4A and Arabic 4B or equivalent


Total of 10 weeks teaching with 5 hours classroom 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

  • 1 x 2hr in class written and spoken test (30%) 
  • 1x 20min oral exam (30%) in May/june
  • 1 x 2hr unseen written exam (40%) in May/June
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page


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