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Media Arabic


Admission requirements

Modern Standard Arabic 2.
This course is taught parallel with MSA 3 & 4 and Teksten Arabisch 1: verhalen. All courses must be taken simultaneously.

Course description

This course familiarizes students with the vocabulary, structure, and usage of the variety of Arabic used in the written and spoken news. It also helps improving reading, listening, and presentation skills at the lower intermediate level.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to read short texts from current-affair pages in Arabic written media and listen to current affair news-related broadcast media, identify the main ideas and key details. They will show familiarity with vocabulary and grammar structures related to demonstrations, elections, violence and terrorism, etc. and they will be able to give a short presentation summarizing media reports on a given event or series of related events.



Mode of instruction

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for these seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convener needs 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 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 - 13 x 4 52
Preparation (including homework, quizzes, presentation and exams) - 13 x 6,5 84
Exams 4

Assessment and weighing

Partial Assessment Weighing
midterm 30%
quizzes 10%
homework 10%
presentation 10%
final exam 40%

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


If the final grade is below 5.5 there is the possibility to resit for 80% (which will replace the grades for the quizzes, midterm, and final exams). The grades for homework, presentation, and quizzes cannot be retaken and will count towards the final grade.

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

  • Alaa Elgibali, Nevenka Korica, Media Arabic, A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News, (The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo-N.Y., 2014).

  • Hans Wehr, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Arabic-English). Edited by J. Milton Cowan. Fourth Edition, considerably enlarged and amended by the author. (Ithaca, N.Y., 1994).

  • Additional materials (reading and listening) will be made available via BlackBoard.


Via Usis


Dr. H.I.A.A. Ahmed


This course will be given in English and Arabic.

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).