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Modern Standard Arabic 4

Course 2018-2019

Admission requirements

Successful completion of MSA3.
This course goes in parallel with Teksten Arabisch 1: verhalen and Media Arabic, all courses must be taken simultaneously.

Description

This is the culminating language course of the first year. In this course studens build skills and knowledge acquired in the previous coursesz to complete their basic training in Arabic. This course also helps students become independent learners and take control of their further progress in becoming proficient in the Arabic language and culture.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be comfortable understanding sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance. (e.g. basic personal and family information, local geography, employment). They will be comfortable communicating in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. They will be able to describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. Furthermore, they will be able to perform more complex linguistic tasks in Arabic if well-rehearsed, or spontaneously produced with some difficulty or less accurately. They will be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, university, etc. they will be able to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. They will be able to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Timetable

Timetable

Mode of instruction

Seminar
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

5 EC x 28 hrs = 140 hrs
Lectures 56
Preparation and homework assignments 82
Assessment 2

Assessment and weighing

To be allowed to sit for the final exam, students must satisfy the following skills requirements throughout the course:

Partial Assessment Weighing
Classroom participation 20%
Quizzes 30%
Homework assignments 30%
Project 20%

Students who achieve at least 60% of the above skills requirements may register for the final exam, which counts for 100% of the course grade.

Resit

Students who do not receive a passing mark for the final exam may take a resit exam.

Exam review

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized

Reading list

  • Al-Kitaab Part Two, Third Edition Bundle: Book + DVD + Website Access Card, Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi, ISBN: 1626161232.
  • Additional material as deemed appropriate by instructo, to be made available via BlackBoard.

Reference:
One of the following:

  • Badawi, E.-S., Carter, M. G., & Gully, A. (2003). Modern written Arabic: a comprehensive grammar. London: Routledge.
  • Ryding, K. C. (2005). A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Registration

BA 1 Midden-Oostenstudies students will be registered by the administration.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact

H.I.A.A. Ahmed

Remarks

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).