This course is only open to students in the BA Midden-Oostenstudies.
Successful completion of Modern Standard Arabic 3
This course goes in parallel with Teksten Arabisch 1: verhalen and Media Arabic, all courses must be taken simultaneously.
This is the culminating language course of the first year. In this course students build skills and knowledge acquired in the previous courses 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.
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.
Mode of instruction
Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In such cases, it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is four. Being absent without notification and/or more than four times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course. there will be no resits for quizzes missed due to absence.
The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average of the following:
If the final grade is below 5.5 there is the possibility to resit for 65% of the grade (which will replace the grades for the final exam). The grades for projects, quizzes and homework cannot be retaken and will count towards the final grade.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized
Al-Kitaab Part Two, Third Edition, Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi, Georgetown University Press.
Additional material as deemed appropriate by instructor, made available via Brightspace.
- Ryding, K. C. (2005). A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
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.
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).