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Arabic 2

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Type of course

The course can be taught in-person or online. At 'timetable & registration' you find an overview of our courses.

In a classroom course, the teacher and all students are present in the classroom. To be able to participate online, you are advised to use a headset with microphone.To check that everything is working properly, please use: Quick Tech Check.

It is not possible to switch between courses once the course has started.

Course description

The Arabic 2 course is intended for those who have completed the Arabic 1 course or have a comparable level (A1.1) of Arabic. In this course you will learn Modern Standard Arabic . This is the variant of Arabic that is used in newspapers and books and on radio and television. The course starts with a number of lessons about the Arabic script. In this course the topics covered include: geography, nationalities, asking and telling where someone is from, counting from 1-10, describing what you (don’t) own, shopping, colours, ordering in a restaurant, talking about food and expressing preferences. The necessary grammar is explained and ample attention is paid to vocabulary. All skills are covered: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Attention is also paid to the cultural context of the countries in which the language is spoken.

After completing this course, you will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. You can introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details. You can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

The course makes use of the digital learning environment BrightSpace. Within this learning environment you will find the homework and additional learning materials. Course participants are expected to prepare the lessons at home (approximately three hours per lesson).

The course is concluded with a test. A certificate is awarded if the test is completed successfully and the participant has attended 80% of the lessons.

Course material

  • Wightwick, J. en Mahmoud Gaafar, Mastering Arabic 1, (fourth edition, with audio and video ‘free-to-access’ online) Unit 8 - 12. ISBN 9781350367265
  • Wightwick, J. en Mahmoud Gaafar, Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book, Third Edition. Unit 8 - 12. ISBN 9781350370685.

Please note that these are new versions of the book. Students continuing from Arabic 1 will continue to use the old version, or you can consider buying the new editions.

The course book Mastering Arabic 1 consists of 20 chapters and corresponds to 2 complete levels of the CEFR/ERK. The aim of this book is to guide you to level A2. The content is divided into four courses. After the course Arabic 1 you will reach level A1.1 and after following Arabic 2 level A1.2 (A1). After Arabic 3 you will reach level 2.1 and after Arabic 4 level 2.2 (A2).

The course material is not included in the registration fee. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves; well in advance.

Target group and admission requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education diploma, including both students and staff members of Leiden University, as well as interested parties who have no connection to Leiden University. The course is open to any person aged 17 or older with a completed secondary school education. 

You can register for this course if you have successfully completed the Arabic 2 course of the Academic Language Centre, or if you can demonstrate in some other way that you possess the required entry level. A basic knowledge of English is required.

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for an online course is 16 and a classroom course is 18.
  • The course load is 56 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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