SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 1 (PG)

Module Code:
15PNMC413
Credits:
30
FHEQ Level:
7
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Term 1

IMPORTANT! New students - before applying, please refer to the Arabic Module Choices guide to determine your appropriate entry level for Arabic.

This is a Beginners 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 the module, a student should . . .

  1. Have a solid biggner level of competence in both productive (speaking/writing) and receptive skills (reading/ listening) in Arabic
  2. Have some knowledge of cultural issues in relation to uses of the language also form part of the course requirements
  3. Begin learning the basic structures of Modern Standard Arabic as a means of written communication, particularly in relation to journalism
  4. Develop 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
  5. Be able to handle basic materials in Arabic and communicate in Arabic at beginner's level.

Workload

This module is taught over 22 weeks with 10 hours of 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

One two-hour written examination (50%); a two-hour mid-term (written and spoken) examination (50% 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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