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Intensive Language Instruction Moroccan Arabic Beginners


Admission requirements

There are no specific admission criteria. But, in view of the final attainment levels envisaged, minors are most suitable for third-year bachelor's students.


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.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Assessment method


  • Classroom participation: 20%;

  • Quizzes and assignments: 20%;

  • Final test: 60%.

Quizzes and tests mainly consist of speaking and listening exercises.


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighed average.


If the final grade is 5.5 or less students may take a resit once (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.

Hoogland, Jan. 2017. The Routledge Introductory Course in Moroccan Arabic: An Introductory Course. Routledge.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.



Important: this course is taught at NIMAR in Rabat, Morocco.

The coordinator is K. Laaraj