This course is only open to students in the BA Midden-Oostenstudies and the MA Middle Eastern Studies.
Completion of the intensive script course in the week before the start of the 1st semester (September 5-9)
This is the first of a three-course sequence that aims at helping students learn and use Modern Standard Arabic, the mainly written variety of Arabic. This course will take students through the beginning steps in understating and using the Arabic language and culture.
At the end of this course, students will produce short memorized phrases in Modern Standard Arabic. Students will be able to understand and express basic information about familiar topics. Students will be able to identify basic morphological and syntactic structures of Modern Standard Arabic.
The timetables are available through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The course is offered as part of a full-time program of studies, and therefore work commitments, holidays, or overseas travel do not constitute valid reasons for absence. The lecturer should be informed in writing of any classes to be missed for a valid reason (i.e., due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the student’s control, such as documented illness, family bereavement, problems with residence permits, victim of crime, or railway delays). In case of a justified absence, it is up to the Lecturer to decide whether the missed class should be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Please note that you are required to provide documentation that supports your case for absence where possible. Absence without notification and approval could result in a grade deduction, or in work not being marked and a failing grade for the course.
The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average of the following:
If the final grade is below 6.0 there is the possibility to resit for 65% of the grade (which will replace the grades for the quizzes and final exams). The grades for homework and participation 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.
Alif Baa, Third Edition with companion website Access, Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi.
Al-Kitaab Part One, Third Edition with companion website, Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi.
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 will be registered by the Education Administration Office de Vrieshof.
For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.
For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: De Vrieshof.