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Spoken Arabic: Egyptian


Admission requirements

Modern Standard Arabic 2


This course aims at helping students prepare for some of the situations that they may encounter during their study abroad semester in Cairo. Using different situational interactions as the starting point, students are introduced to vocabulary and structures of Egyptian Arabic. Students are also introduced to the Egyptian culture and aspects of similarity and difference between Egyptian Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, students should start using short, memorized phrases to interact in simple predictable situations. Students will be able to understand and express basic information about familiar topics like self, family, likes or dislikes. The course focuses on situations such as shopping, describing places and objects, requesting, and giving directions.


The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

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.

Assessment method


The course grade is calculated as the weighted average of the following components:

Partial Assessment Weighing
Homework assignments 30%
Classroom participation 10%
Quizzes 15%
Project 15%
Final exam 30%


Students who do not earn a passing grade (6.0) for the course may take a resit exam. The grade for the resit exam replaces that for the final exam and quizzes (45% of the course grade). No resit for the other components (project, participation, or homework) is allowed.

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.

Reading list

  • Abbas al-Tonsi, Laila al-Sawi, & Suzanne Massoud (2010) Kalaam Gamiil: An Intensive Course in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic: Volume American University Press. Cairo, Egypt. ISBN 9789774163159.

  • Additional material as deemed appropriate by instructor.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


  • 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.