SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 1 (UG)

Module Code:
155906732
Credits:
30
FHEQ Level:
5
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
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 beginner's course in Modern 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.

Prerequisites

None

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will:

  • have a solid beginner level of competence in both productive (speaking/writing) and receptive (reading/ listening) skills in Arabic.
  • have some knowledge of cultural issues in relation to uses of the language, which also forms 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 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 a beginner's level.

Workload

A total of 10 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

Assessment for this module consists of:

  • 1 x 1-hour term test (30%)
  • 1 x 2-hour end-of-term test (70%)

Disclaimer

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