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Prospectus

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Modern Standard Arabic 4

Course
2016-2017

Admission requirements

Successful completion of MSA3 or equivalent.
This course goes in parallel with Teksten Arabisch 1: verhalen and Media Arabic, all courses must be taken simultaneously.

Description

This is the culminating language course of the first year. In this course studens build skills and knowledge acquired in the previous coursesz to complete their basic training in Arabic. This course also helps students become independent learners and take control of their further progress in becoming proficient in the Arabic language and culture.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be comfortable understanding sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance. (e.g. basic personal and family information, local geography, employment). They will be comfortable communicating in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. They will be able to describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. Furthermore, they will be able to perform more complex linguistic tasks in Arabic if well-rehearsed, or spontaneously produced with some difficulty or less accurately. They will be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, university, etc. they will be able to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. They will be able to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Timetable

Timetable

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and participation are obligatory. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the conveners and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

  • Lectures: 48 hrs.

  • Preparation and homework assignments: 90 hrs.

  • Assessment: 2 hrs.
    Total: 140 hrs.

Assessment method

To be allowed to sit for the final exam, students must satisfy the following skills requirements throughout the course:

  • Classroom participation: 20%

  • Quizzes: 30%

  • Homework assignments: 30%

  • Project: 20%

Students who achieve at least 60% of the above skills requirements may register for the final exam, which counts for 100% of the course grade.

Students who do not receive a passing mark for the final exam may take a resit exam.

Blackboard

Blackboard

Reading list

  • Al-Kitaab Part Two, Third Edition Bundle: Book + DVD + Website Access Card, Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi, ISBN: 1626161232.

  • Additional material as deemed appropriate by instructo, to be made available via BlackBoard.

Reference:
One of the following:

  • Badawi, E.-S., Carter, M. G., & Gully, A. (2003). Modern written Arabic: a comprehensive grammar. London: Routledge.

  • Ryding, K. C. (2005). A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Registration

BA 1 Midden-Oostenstudies students will be registered by the administration.
Other student who are interested in this course as an optional, are requested to send an email to the study coordinator including their name, student ID number, course title MSA 3, and motivation to take this course.
Depending on the availability of places, the study coordinator will register these students after January 15. By January 31at the latest the student will be able to see in uSis whether (s)he is registered or not.
Not registered, means no permission to attend this course.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact

H.I.A.A. Ahmed

Remarks

Students with disabilities The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accomodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol. Academic Integrity
Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).