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Modern Standard Arabic 1

Course
2021-2022

Admission requirements

  • This course is only open to students in the BA Midden-Oostenstudies and the MA Middle Eastern Studies.

  • Intensive course: in the week before the start of the 1st semester (September 6-10), details to be found on the Brightspace programme module (BA and MA).

Description

This is the first of a four-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.

Course objectives

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.

Timetable

The timetables are available 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 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, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In such 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 four. Being absent without notification and/or more than four times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course. there will be no resits for quizzes missed due to absence.

Assessment method

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

Partial Assessment Weighing
Classroom participation 10%
Quizzes 15%
Homework 25%
Final exam 50%

Resit

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.

Reading list

  • 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.

Reference

  • Ryding, K. C. (2005). A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Registration

Students will be enrolled in uSis.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Contact

  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office Vrieshof

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