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Arabic 1 Beginners


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


Arabic is the common language in the 22 Arabic countries, and is widely spread in the Arab media. This course will take you through the beginning steps in understating and using the Arabic language and culture.
This course balances the use of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the written variety common to the 22 Arab countries, and widely spread in inter-Arab media (such as al-Jazeera) and Egyptian Spoken Arabic, the most widely used variety of spoken Arabic.

Course objectives

This elementary course familiarises students with Arabic script and phonetics and aims at giving them the possibility to understand basic structures of MSA. 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.
This course aims at the A1 level of the Common European Framework.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Three two hour tutorials every week

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:

  • Atending classes: 72 hours (6 hrs per week over 12 weeks)

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 192 hours

  • Assessment hours (midterms, quizzes, oral project, and final exam): 16 hrs

Assessment method

  • There is no re-sit test during the course.

assessment and weighing

Course grades: The grade for this course is determined as follows:

Classroom participation 5%
Oral Project 10%
Homework assignments 20%
Quizzes 25%
Midterm exam 20%
Final exam 20%


If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of a resit. The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. The grade for the resit will replace the grade for the quizzes, midterm and final exam.


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis

Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

  1. Alif Baa, Third Edition Bundle (Book + DVD + Website Access Card), Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi, ISBN: 9781626161221.
    1. Al-Kitaab Part One, Third Edition Bundle: Book + DVD + Website Access Card, Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi, ISBN: 1626161240.
    2. Additional material as deemed appropriate by instructor.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Drs. R.E. Kon
Dr. H.I.A.A. Ahmed


For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason have to be discussed with the language instructor BEFORE the class takes place. Frequent absence will inevitably lead to lower participation grades, or denied access to the final exam.
Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.