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Moroccan Arabic (10 EC)


course description to be updated

Admission requirements

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


During this course, students are introduced to Moroccan Arabic (darija), the common everyday language of Morocco. During the first lectures, the phonology is discussed. After that, the basic grammar will be dealt with, followed by expanding the vocabulary and practicing more with conversational skills. All this will be done on the basis of theory and exercises from the handbook by Jan Hoogland.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to have simple conversations in Moroccan Arabic on familiar topics such as personal identification, housing and houses and food and drink.


The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

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%)

To complete the course, students carry out research on a (socio-)linguistic subject. The subject matter is determined in consultation with the teacher. This research ultimately results in a report of 2000 to 3000 words, depending on the subject.
Students may also choose to conduct a set of interviews in Moroccan Arabic. These interviews need to be recorded, transcripted and translated. The approach of conducting these interviews (choosing appropriate interviewees and interview subjects) is also done in consultation with the teacher.


The final mark related to the working groups counts for 75%.
The research/interview report counts for 25%.


If the final grade is 5.5 or less students may take a resit once.

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

Hoogland, J. (2017). The Routledge Introductory Course in Moroccan Arabic. Milton: Taylor & Francis Group.
Hoogland, J., & Otten, R. (1996). Marokkaans Arabisch : een cursus voor zelfstudie en klassikaal gebruik. Amsterdam: Bulaaq.


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 Herta Mohr


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