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Intensive language instruction

Vak 2017-2018

Admission requirements

Having completed the first year of a BA.


The aim of this course is to familiarise students with Moroccan Arabic (darija), the spoken dialect of Morocco. The course provides students with basic grammar and vocabulary in order to practice their speaking skills in Moroccan Arabic. Theory and exercises are taken from Marokkaans Arabisch, een cursus voor zelfstudie en klassikaal gebruik by Jan Hoogland which is the handbook for this course.

Course objectives

Students are expected to be able to express themselves and take part in conversations on topics of everyday life such as personal identification, living and housing, and food.



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 etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

The total course load is 140 hours (5 EC), allocated as follows:

  • Tutorial attendance: 8 × 6= 48 hours
  • Preparation of tutorials and assignments, and test preparation: 91 hours
  • Quizzes and tests: 1 hours

Assessment method


  • Classroom participation
  • Quizzes and assignments
  • Final test

Quizzes and tests mainly consist of speaking and listening exercises.


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average:

  • Participation: 20%
  • Quizzes and assignments: 20%
  • Final test: 60%


If the final grade is 5 or less students may take a resit once, which will count for 100%.

Exam Review

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

Jan Hoogland, Marokkaans Arabisch, een cursus voor zelfstudie en klassikaal gebruik, Amsterdam 2008 (Bulaaq, ISBN 987 90 5460 019 0). Also available in English, German, French.