SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 600 (PG)

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
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Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate . . . 

  • knowledge and understanding of Advanced Arabic grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Arabic vocabulary
  • knowledge and Understanding of a wide range of Arabic texts
  • ability to produce written Arabic at an advanced level
  • ability to understand and operate at a wide range of Arabic registers
  • ability to communicate in Arabic at an advanced level


This module will be taught over 22 weeks with 5 hours classroom contact per week consisting of 3 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials. 

Scope and syllabus

The module provides teaching and learning of advanced level Arabic language. It covers wide variety of texts covering literature, politics, religion, science etc… Teaching will cover reading, analysing, writing listening and speaking.

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 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 study.

Method of assessment

  • Two mid term tests (20%)
  • An in class reading and conversation test of 30 minutes duration (20%)
  • One three hour written examination taken in May/June (60%)


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