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Arabic Conversation

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September, Februari
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Online course

This is an online course. To be able to participate in this course, you are advised to use a headset with microphone. To check that everything is working properly, please use: Quick Tech Check

Course description

The Arabic Conversation course is intended for participants who have taken the course in Arabic 8 or have a comparable level (B1). 

In this course you will learn Modern Standard Arabic. This is the variant of the Arabic language that is used in newspapers and books and on radio and television.
Speaking skills are practised on the basis of articles from newspapers, magazines or TV. The following topics are covered: literature, traditions, politics, music. During the lessons, the topics highlighted in the articles are discussed.
Attention is paid to pronunciation, expanding vocabulary and, if necessary, grammar. The course aims to help students grow in their knowledge of both the foreign language and the specific culture.

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

The course is concluded with a test. A certificate will be awarded if the student attends 80% of the lessons and successfully completes the final test.

Course material

  • to be announced

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

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. Participants who have successfully completed the Arabic 7 course of the Academic Language Centre, or who can prove in some other way that they possess the required entry level can sign up.

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for an online course is 14 and a classroom course is 16.
  • 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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