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Spoken Arabic: Moroccan


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 Moroccan 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.


The timetables are available 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 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.

Assessment method

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

Partial Assessment Weighing
Homework assignments 20%
Classroom participation 20%
Quizzes 15%
Project 15%
Final exam 30%

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.


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.


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

Reading list

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

  • Jan Hoogland, Marokkaans Arabisch, een cursus voor zelfstudie en klassikaal gebruik.

  • Additional material as deemed appropriate by instructor.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


  • 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.


This course will be taught online.

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.