SOAS University of London

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

Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic

Module Code:
15PNMC435
Credits:
30
FHEQ Level:
7
Year of study:
Year 1
Taught in:
Full Year

Introduction to Standard Modern Arabic is an intensive grammar-based course open to postgraduate students. The course trains students in reading comprehension, writing and the use of the dictionary, and mainly aims to cover all the basics of Arabic grammar so that by the end of the course, students who need to use Arabic texts in their research are able to read and understand these texts independently, with the help of the dictionary. The course also comprises an oral component that aims to provide students with basic conversation skills that would help them in conducting field research in Arabic-speaking countries.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of basic grammar, of essential vocabulary and of the appropriateness of basic structures and expressions in a given context
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand sentences and short passages in written language on certain everyday topics, produce sentences in written language on certain everyday topics, produce sentences in spoken language on certain everyday topics and understand spoken sentences on certain everyday topics.

Workload

The module will consist of weekly language classes.

Scope and syllabus

This is an intensive grammar-based course open to postgraduate students. Students attend three hours of lectures, a one-hour grammar tutorial and a one-hour speaking tutorial per week- a total of five hours per week. The course aims to train students in reading, comprehension and writing covering most of the basics of Arabic grammar so that by the end of the course, students who need to use Arabic texts in their research are able to read and understand these texts independently, with the help of a dictionary. The oral component aims to provide training in colloquial Arabic and to teach basic conversation skills that would help students conduct field research in Arabic-speaking countries. 

Method of assessment

  • One 15-minute oral exam (15%)
  • Two mid-term tests (20%)
  • One 3-hour exam (65%)

Suggested reading

Standard Arabic: An Elementary-Intermediate Course by Eckehard Schulz et al., Cambridge University Press, 2000.

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