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Modern Standard Arabic 2


Admission requirements

Modern Standard Arabic 1.
This course is only open to students in the BA Midden-Oostenstudies and the MA Middle Eastern Studies.


This is the second of a four-course sequence that aims at helping students learn and use Arabic. This course builds on skills and knowledge gained in MSA 1 to reach an advanced beginner level. This course will take students from repeating individual words and memorized phrases, to the beginnings of creating sentences, and further develops their appreciation of Arab cultural perspectives, practices and products.

Course objectives

In addition to memorized simple words and phrases, students will be able to construct simple sentences. Students will be able to understand and express information about familiar topics like self, family, habits, daily schedules, etc. in a culturally appropriate manner.



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

5 EC x 28 hrs = 140 hrs
Lectures (7 X 8) 56
Preparation and homework assignments 82
Assessment 2

Assessment and weighing

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average of the following:

Partial Assessment Weighing
Classroom participation 10%
Quizzes 15%
Homework assignments 10%
Project 15%
Final exam 50%


If the final grade is below 5.5 there is the possibility to resit for 65% of the grade (which will replace the grades for the quizzes and final exams). The grades for homework, project, and participation 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

  • Al-Kitaab Part One, Third Edition Bundle: Book + DVD + Website Access Card, Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi, ISBN: 1626161240.

  • Additional material as deemed appropriate by instructo, to be made available via BlackBoard.


  • Ryding, K. C. (2005). A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


BA 1 Midden-Oostenstudies and MA Middle Eastern Studies (tracks Modern Middle East or Islamic Studies) students will be registered by the administration.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. H.I.A.A. Ahmed


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 accommodations 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). It is also unacceptable for students to reuse portions of texts they had previously authored and have already received academic credit for on this or other courses. In such cases, students are welcome to self-cite so as to minimise overlap between prior and new work.