SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 1 (UG)

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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 a Beginners course in Modearn Standard Arabic.The main emphasis is on mastering the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic as a means of communication, particularly in relation to journalism, with equal emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and hearing.



Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Have a solid biggner level of competence in both productive (speaking/writing) and receptive skills (reading/ listening) in Arabic
  • Have some knowledge of cultural issues in relation to uses of the language also form part of the course requirements
  • Begin learning the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic as a means of written communication, particularly in relation to journalism
  • Develop 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 communicate in Arabic at beginner's level.


A total of 22 weeks teaching with 10 hours classroom contact per week

Scope and syllabus

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

Method of assessment

  • 1x 2hr in class mid term test (50%)
  • 1x 2hr unseen written exam (50%) in May/June


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