SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 3 A (UG)

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This module is expected to run every other year
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Term 1

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

This is an intermediate language acquisition module that builds on Arabic 1 and Arabic 2, providing students with a firmer foundation in Arabic grammar, and training students in the active use of the language through writing exercises that draw on and reinforce a number of skills including knowledge of grammar, syntax, phraseology and general and specialised terminology. Writing skills will also be further built through targeted translation exercises. The module also includes an oral component where students are trained in speaking the colloquial register of the language.


Satisfactory completion of Arabic 2 or equivalent.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

Upon completion of this module, students will have a broader knowledge of Arabic grammar, and will be able to produce the Arabic language more correctly and in a more authentic way, having been trained in how to use their grammatical knowledge when structuring longer, more sophisticated segments of text, and having enhanced the idiomatic aspect of their language. They will also have improved their ability to converse in the spoken dialect.


Total of 10 weeks teaching with 5 hours classroom contact per week

Scope and syllabus

The School's own grammar-based textbook, with additional training in composition.

Method of assessment

  • 1 x 1hr in-class test (30%)
  • 1 x 2hr in-class test (70%) 


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