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Modern Standard Arabic Reading


Admission requirements

Modern Standard Arabic 2.


This course aims to make students more familiar with nonfiction materials in Modern Standard Arabic. After successfully completing this course, students will be better able to deal with nonfiction because they have expanded their vocabulary, learned and developed reading and listening strategies and sharpened their grammatical knowledge. This is done by reading various nonfiction texts (texts from the media and other informational texts) as well as listening to varied listening material in Modern Standard Arabic.

Course objectives

Increasing receptive language skills (in particular reading skills, but also listening skills):

  • Expanding vocabulary

  • Expand and sharpen grammar knowledge

  • Getting acquainted with and further developing reading and listening strategies


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 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


Classroom participation and homework assignments (20%)
Midterm exam (20%)
Final exam (60%)


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


If the final grade is 5.5 or less students may take a resit once (100%).

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

Materials will be provided by the teacher.
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: Vrieshof


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