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Modern Standard Arabic 1


Admission requirements

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

  • Completion of the intensive script course in the week before the start of the 1st semester (September 4-8)


This is the first of a three-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.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


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%


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.


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


Students will be registered by the Education Administration Office de Vrieshof.


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

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


Please note that the additional course information is an integral part of this course description.