SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 200 (PG)

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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 intermediate Arabic grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Arabic vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Arabic structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand passages in written Arabic of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  • the ability to produce passages in written Arabic of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  • the ability to communicate in Arabic at a basic level


Total of 22 weeks of teaching with 5 hours classroom contact per week, consisting of 3 hours of lectures per week and 2 hours of tutorials.

Scope and syllabus

The module provides teaching and learning of intermediate level Arabic language with emphasis on reading and writing skills.  The module covers complex points of word and sentence structure as well as textual relations in Arabic writing and discourse.  Communicative practice and structural knowledge is established through reading and discussing different topics and of different lengths and complexity.  The module will also provide basic training in conversation and listening skills.

The module provides students with intermediate knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic, as well as a basic knowledge of conversational Arabic.  Specialised topics, particularly of political and cultural relevance, will be covered in order to enable students to interact with Arabic speakers and use original Arabic language sources within the level covered in the module.  This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Arabic language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Arabic. 

Method of assessment

  • Two mid-term tests (20%)
  • One 3-hour written exam in May/June (60%)
  • An oral presentation (20%)


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