SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 1 (PG)

Module Code:
15PNMC413
Credits:
60
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Full Year

The module provides a thorough grounding in Modern Standard (or Literary) Arabic. This is the universally accepted written form of the language throughout the modern Arab world, used in official correspondence, formal address, news and current affairs broadcasting, though not in everyday conversation.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the module, a student should . . .

  • have a solid elementary level of competence in both productive (speaking/writing) and receptive skills (reading/ listening) in Arabic
  • be acquiring translation skills both to and from Arabic/English 
  • have some knowledge of cultural issues in relation to uses of the language also form part of the module requirements
  • begin mastering the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic as a means of written communication, particularly in relation to journalism. 
  • gain 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 produce elementary Arabic

Workload

This module is taught over 22 weeks with 10 hours of classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

A graded internally-produced module is followed. This provides grammar, vocabulary, exercises, passages for translation and comprehension, and language laboratory materials.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination (60% each); an oral examination (20%); two mid-term examinations (10% each).

Suggested reading

A graded internally-produced module is followed. This provides grammar, vocabulary, exercises, passages for translation and comprehension, and language laboratory materials.

Background reading (already available at the Library)

  • Crystal, David. 2004. Rediscover Grammar. Third edition. London: Pearson Longman. [Recommended as a general introduction to the kind of grammatical concepts that will be employed on this module].  
  • Ryding, Karin C. 2005. A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Weninger, Stefan ed. 2011. The Semitic Languages: An International Handbook. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton. [Gives an overview of the family of languages to which Arabic belongs. Students are advised to begin by reading Part VI, which deals with Arabic specifically].

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