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Modern Standard Arabic 4

Course
2021-2022

Admission requirements

  • This course is only open to students in the BA Midden-Oostenstudies.

  • Successful completion of Modern Standard Arabic 3

  • This course goes in parallel with Teksten Arabisch 1: verhalen and Media Arabic, all courses must be taken simultaneously.

Description

This is the culminating language course of the first year. In this course students build skills and knowledge acquired in the previous courses to complete their basic training in Arabic. This course also helps students become independent learners and take control of their further progress in becoming proficient in the Arabic language and culture.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be comfortable understanding sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance. (e.g. basic personal and family information, local geography, employment). They will be comfortable communicating in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. They will be able to describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. Furthermore, they will be able to perform more complex linguistic tasks in Arabic if well-rehearsed, or spontaneously produced with some difficulty or less accurately. They will be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, university, etc. they will be able to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. They will be able to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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 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 10%
Project 10%
Homework 20%
Final exam 50%

Resit

If the final grade is below 6.0 there is the possibility to resit for 60% 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

  • Al-Kitaab Part Two, 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 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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