This course is only open to students in the BA Midden-Oostenstudies.
Successful completion of Modern Standard Arabic 2
This course has the following co-requisites: ‘Arabic Texts 1: Stories’, ‘Modern Standard Arabic 3,’ and ‘Modern Standaard Arabisch 4: gevorderde grammatica’. Students who wish to join this course without the other courses should contact the course instructor by 15-01-2023.
This course familiarizes students with the vocabulary, structure, and usage of the variety of Arabic used in the written and spoken news. It also helps improving reading, listening, and presentation skills at the lower intermediate level.
By the end of the course, students will be able to read short texts from current-affair pages in Arabic written media and listen to current affair news-related broadcast media, identify the main ideas and key details. They will show familiarity with vocabulary and grammar structures related to demonstrations, elections, violence and terrorism, etc. and they will be able to give a short presentation summarizing media reports on a given event or series of related events.
The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.
Mode of instruction
Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The course is offered as part of a full-time program of studies, and therefore work commitments, holidays, or overseas travel do not constitute valid reasons for absence. The lecturer should be informed in writing of any classes to be missed for a valid reason (i.e., due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the student’s control, such as documented illness, family bereavement, problems with residence permits, victim of crime, or railway delays). In case of a justified absence, it is up to the Lecturer to decide whether the missed class should be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Please note that you are required to provide documentation that supports your case for absence where possible. Absence without notification and approval could result in a grade deduction, or in work not being marked and a failing grade for the course.
The course grade is calculated as the weighted average of the following components:
If the final grade is below 5.5 there is the possibility to resit for 70% (which will replace the grades for the quizzes, midterm, and final exams). The grades for homework, participation and presentations 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.
Alaa Elgibali, Nevenka Korica, Media Arabic, A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News, (The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo-N.Y., 2014).
Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Arabic-English). Edited by J. Milton Cowan. Fourth Edition, considerably enlarged and amended by the author. (Ithaca, N.Y., 1994).
Additional material as deemed appropriate by instructor.
Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.
For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.
For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: De Vrieshof.