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Arabic Texts 2: Media Arabic


Admission requirements

  • 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’.


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.

Course objectives

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


Assessment method


The course grade is calculated as the weighted average of the following components:

Partial Assessment Weighing
Midterm Exam 30%
Homework assignments 10%
Classroom participation 10%
Quizzes 10%
Presentation 10%
Final Exam 30%


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.

Reading list

  • 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 MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.


  • 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.