SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 300 (PG)

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Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, a student should be able . . . 

  • to understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics
  • to produce simple connected texts in Modern Standard Arabic which describe experiences and events and provide explanations for opinions and plans
  • to demonstrate a good grounding in the grammar Modern Standard Arabic
  • to communicate orally sufficiently well so as to be able to deal with routine situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken
  • to have knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Arabic in particular, in language-based scholarship and research - specific learning outcome for PG students


This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 5 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. 10 research seminars to be taken within SOAS.  Attendance to be proven by signature from chair and to be submitted to the Associate Dean for Masters by the last day of term 2.

Scope and syllabus

This course introduces authentic Arabic texts in a variety of genres in both prose and verse.  A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the studies.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination in May-June (60%). Oral examination (20%). Two term tests (20%).

Suggested reading

This course is based on the course book Arabic 300 specially produced for the purpose by Dr. Sajida Fawzi. The course teacher will supplement this with material from other sources as required.


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