Introduction to Moroccan Arabic (Darija) Summer

ISA Meknes Study Center

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Moroccan Arabic (Darija) Summer

  • Host University

    ISA Meknes Study Center

  • Location

    Meknes, Morocco

  • Area of Study

    African Studies, Arabic, Indigenous Languages, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Modern Languages, Moroccan Culture

  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description:

    Moroccan Arabic differs from standard written Arabic in many ways. Vocabulary, grammar and morphology differ substantially. Moroccan Arabic is rarely written, and when it is, it is usually to depict, in writing, people communicating orally. Moroccan Arabic is the language of daily life, and as such is much more closely tied to local culture and thought, and to everyday existence. Each chapter in this course covers the following components: Listening comprehension, Reading, (oral practice), Grammar, Interactive exercises, and Additional materials. Thus, most of this course will focus on oral production and comprehension, and tests, presentations, and homework will, for the most part, be delivered orally and not in writing.  
    Course Objectives:  

    The main objective of this course is to help students to develop basic skills in the areas of listening, speaking in the Moroccan Arabic at a basic level. The skills they learn from this course will enable them to engage in simple yet useful conversations. Their ability to understand and communicate will develop along with their knowledge of the vocabulary and grammatical structures of the language. At the end of this course, students should be able to do the following:

    • Speak about oneself, life, and environment.
    • Initiate and sustain conversations on daily life topics.  
    • Create simple essays and dialogues on familiar topics connected to daily life, and many traditions related to family life and society.
    • Understand the general aspects of Moroccan Arabic culture connected to everyday life 

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Arabic courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations