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Spoken Arabic: Moroccan


*In 2018-2019 wordt deze cursus niet aangeboden

Admission requirements

Successful completion of MSA 4 and Arabic Texts 1 & 2, or a comparable level – to be endorsed by the examination committee.


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


Time table

Mode of instruction

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenors 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.

Course Load

Total course load: 140 hrs (5 ECs).

  • Classroom lectures: 26 hrs.

  • Preparation and homework: 112 hrs.

  • Exam : 2 hrs

Assessment method

To be able to register for the final exam, you need to fulfill the following requirements with a passing grade:

| Classroom participation | 20% | | Quizzes | 30% | | Homework assignments | 30% | | Project | 20% |

Only students who satisfy these requirements with a satisfactory grade (60%) are given access to the final exam of the course. They serve a double-purpose: a skill-screening procedure, and will be used as progress-indicators to help you learn and prepare for the final exam.

Classroom participation is determined by how much a student is actively engaged in the learning process in the classroom. Is (s)he trying to communicate in Arabic in class? Are they on-task of the various activities, are they cooperative with their colleagues to help the group learn?

Quizzes and final exam: There are three quizzes, one at the end of each unit of the book. These quizzes focus on vocabulary, grammar and listening skills in specific units. The final exam covers all units and consists of listening, grammar, and vocabulary questions. If you receive a failing grade for the course, you will be allowed to take a resit exam.

Homework: most of the homework assignments are assigned via BlackBoard. There will also be assignments to hand-in in class. No late assignments will be accepted.

Reading list

  • Chekayri, A. (2011). An Introduction to Moroccan Arabic and Culture, Georgetown University Press. ISBN: 978-1589016934.

  • Additional material as deemed appropriate by instructor.


Registration in uSis.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.



Course rules

  • The use of cell phones is not allowed in the class. If you have an emergency and must receive a call, speak with me at the beginning of the class, set your phone to vibrate, sit next to the door, exit the room quietly when the call comes, and re-enter quietly after you finish your call.

  • All students are expected to maintain professional behavior in the classroom setting. It is the staff responsibility to enforce responsible classroom behaviors, and I will do so as mandated by university regulations.

Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accomodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).

Note on the teaching language

Since students in this class have completed one Arabic year, they are expected at the end of the semester, hopefully, to deal with a fully Arabic Class; this will help you improve your language.
For that reason, the main language in this course is the Moroccan Colloquial. We will refer to MSA to get the idea more clear or to make connection between MSA and Colloquial. When needed, English is used in order to ensure your totally understanding.