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Spoken Arabic: Egyptian


Admission requirements

Modern Standard Arabic 2


This course aims at helping students prepare for some of the situations that they may encounter during their study abroad semester in Cairo. Using different situational interactions as the starting point, students are introduced to vocabulary and structures of Egyptian Arabic. Students are also introduced to the Egyptian culture and aspects of similarity and difference between Egyptian Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, students should start using short, memorized phrases to interact in simple predictable situations. Students will be able to understand and express basic information about familiar topics like self, family, likes or dislikes. The course focuses on situations such as shopping, describing places and objects, requesting, and giving directions.


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
Homework assignments 30%
Classroom participation 10%
Quizzes 15%
Project 15%
Final exam 30%


Students who do not earn a passing grade (6.0) for the course may take a resit exam. The grade for the resit exam replaces that for the final exam and quizzes (45% of the course grade). No resit for the other components (project, participation, or homework) is allowed.

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

Louis, S., & Soliman, I. A. (2007). Kallimni'Arabi: an intermediate course in spoken Egyptian Arabic. American University in Cairo Press


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.