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Modern Standard Arabic 2


Admission requirements

This course is only open to students in the BA Midden-Oostenstudies and the MA Middle Eastern Studies, who took Modern Standard Arabic 1.
Students who failed Modern Standard Arabic in October, may continue with Modern Standard Arabic 2. They need, however, to pass the resit in December to be allowed to take the exam of Modern Standard Arabic 2 in January.


This is the second of a three-course sequence that aims at helping students learn and use Arabic. This course builds on skills and knowledge gained in MSA 1 to reach an advanced beginner level. This course will take students from repeating individual words and memorized phrases, to the beginnings of creating sentences, and further develops their appreciation of Arab cultural perspectives, practices, and products.

Course objectives

In addition to memorized simple words and phrases, students will be able to construct simple sentences. Students will be able to understand and express information about familiar topics like self, family, habits, daily schedules, etc. in a culturally appropriate manner.


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

  • 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.