SOAS University of London

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

Arabic 4 A (PG)

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This is a lower advanced language acquisition course that will reinforce competence in grammar and synatx, widen active vocabulary, and simultaneously develop listening and speaking skills.Letter writing skills will be introduced. Oral competence is developed in conversation classes and by using audio-video material.


Arabic 4A (PG)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

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

  • Knowledge and understanding of lower advanced Arabic grammar and syntax 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 and to produce passages written in Arabic of medium length on everyday and some specialized topics.
  • The ability to understand spoken Arabic and to engage in short spoken discourse on everyday and some specialized topics.
  • The ability to translate from and to Arabic of medium length with use of appropriate language on everyday and some specialized topic.


This module will be taught over 10 weeks with 5 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The module provides a written language competence in the form prose translation, text comprehension and prose composition with particular emphasis on developing mastery of syntax and widening active vocabulary.  Oral competence will taught in conversation classes.

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 the 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 studies.

Method of assessment

  • A twenty-minute oral examination (30%)
  • A one-hour in-class written and spoken mid-term test (30%)
  • One two-hour written examination (40%)


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