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Reading Modern Arabic Texts


Admission requirements

This course is only open to students in the Arabic track who – upon written request – were granted access by the Board of Examiners to the Shadow Programme.

All preceding Arabic language acquisition courses from the first semester: Arabic Literature, Research Analysis through Arabic Sources and dialect or equivalent knowledge of MSA.


This lower intermediate level course aims at introducing students to spoken and written texts from different genres such as literature, religion, art, economics, politics, etc.
All the required Arabic texts will be posted on Brightspace.

Course objectives

This course is proficiency-driven. It aims at raising students’ proficiency within the intermediate level.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Read Arabic texts in their original language with the aid of a dictionary.

  • Identify the structure of an article, main ideas, and supporting details of short texts written in Modern Standard Arabic.

  • Identify and appreciate cultural constructs and practices underlying a given text.

  • Analyze, summarize, and evaluate short texts (1-6 pages or 5 – 15 minutes spoken).

  • Give a presentation with factual information based on written or spoken materials.

  • Write short text (1 – 3 pages) of factual information on familiar topics.


The timetables are available 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 convener(s) need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Assessment method

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average of the following:

Partial Assessment Weighing
Presentations 10%
Classroom participation 15%
Midterm 20%
Homework 25%
Final Exam 30%


Students who do not earn a passing grade (6.0) for the course are allowed to resit the midterm and final exam for 50% of the course grade. No resit for the other components (presentation, 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

  • Weekly reading texts on Brightspace.


  • • 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.