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Arabic 1 Pre-Intermediate

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2020-2021

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.
For this course a minimum number of 8 participants is required. If the minimum number of participants is not met, the course will be cancelled.
You need to contact your coordinator of studies in order to check your language level and to do the entry test.

Description

This is the first of a three-course sequence that is designed for students who already have some experience with Arabic. This course balances the use of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the written variety common to the 22 Arab countries, and Egyptian Arabic, the most widely used variety of spoken Arabic. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in Arabic, aimed at communication with people in the region in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region via various media.

Course objectives

Students will use relevant grammatical and lexical Arabic structures to perform language functions typical of pre-intermediate level: such as giving reasons, referring to past and present events, negation in a variety of time frames, and expressing opinion and habits.

Skill CEFR Level
Reading A1+
Writing A1+
Listening A1+
Speaking A1+

Timetable

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Mode of instruction

Tutorials

Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. With online education, it is more important than ever to maintain communication and stay in touch with your study groups. For this reason, if you are unable to attend a session, it is required that you inform your tutor in advance. Please note that being absent at any tutorial session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the tutor.

Assessment method

Assessment

  • The final grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the following:

Weighing

Partial grade Weighing
Oral Project 10%
Homework 10%
Quizzes 20%
Midterm 25%
Final Exam 35%

End Grade

  • To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.

  • The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.

Resit

If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 60% of the exam material (Midterm and Final Exam). No resit for the tutorial (homework, quizzes or project) is possible.

Exam review 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

Required:

  • Al-Kitaab Part One, Third Edition (Book + DVD), Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi.

Recommended:

  • Companion website to Al-Kitaab.

Additional material as deemed appropriate by instructor, made available via Brightspace.

Registration

  • Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials is mandatory.

  • Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.

  • General information about uSis is available here.

Contact

Dr. H.I.A.A. Ahmed

When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
Please use your University email-address (uMail) when communicating with any person or department within Leiden University.

Student Affairs Office for BA International Studies

Remarks

Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.

This course uses an integrated communicative language learning approach. Therefore, active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.