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Modern Standard Arabic Nonfiction


Admission requirements

Entry requirements for students in the BA Midden-Oostenstudies:
Propedeutic exam and 15 EC trackspecific courses (BA 2/1st semester)


This course aims to make students more familiar with nonfiction materials in Modern Standard Arabic. After successfully completing this course, students will be better able to deal with nonfiction because they have expanded their vocabulary, learned and developed reading and listening strategies and sharpened their grammatical knowledge. This is done by reading various nonfiction texts (texts from the media and other informational texts) as well as listening to varied listening material in Modern Standard Arabic.

Course objectives

Increasing receptive language skills (in particular reading skills, but also listening skills):

  • Expanding vocabulary

  • Expand and sharpen grammar knowledge

  • Getting acquainted with and further developing reading and listening strategies


The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The course is offered as part of a full-time program of studies, and therefore work commitments, holidays, or overseas travel do not constitute valid reasons for absence. The lecturer should be informed in writing of any classes to be missed for a valid reason (i.e., due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the student’s control, such as documented illness, family bereavement, problems with residence permits, victim of crime, or railway delays). In case of a justified absence, it is up to the Lecturer to decide whether the missed class should be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Please note that you are required to provide documentation that supports your case for absence where possible. Absence without notification and approval could result in a grade deduction, or in work not being marked and a failing grade for the course.

Assessment method


Classroom participation and homework assignments (20%)
Midterm exam (20%)
Final exam (60%)


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


If the final grade is 5.5 or less students may take a resit once (100%).

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

Materials will be provided by the teacher.
Ryding, K. C. (2005). A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University 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 right information bar.

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


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