Arabic 4

Practical information

No. of lessons: 12 sessions
Preparation: Approximately 2 hours per session
Language of instruction This course is taught in English only.
Course load: 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.
Start courses: See Course programme on this page.
Advice: You are advised to register in good time. A week before the start of the course the decision will be taken whether or not the course will take place, depending on the number of participants.

Course Fees

Course Programme and Enrolment

For information on the current programme and in order to enrol, please follow the link below. You can enroll until a week before the start of the course. Individuals can pay by Credit Card (Mastercard or VISA) or iDeal. 

                            current programme - lesson times - enrolment

If classes are canceled 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.

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 3 course of the Academic Language Centre, or who can prove in some other way that they possess the required entry level can sign up.

Course Material

- Mastering Arabic 1, Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar. ISBN 9781352001280. unit 18-20
- Mastering Arabic 2, Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar. ISBN 9781352001297. unit 1-3 

You are requested to arrange your own purchase of the course material. The books are available at most good bookstores.


The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For our courses, the  level is divided into level  and . In this course you will start working on the competences that belong to.

Skills Starting level Target level
Listening A2.1  A2.2
Reading A2.1  A2.2
Speaking production A2.1  A2.2
Speaking interaction A2.1  A2.2
Writing A2.1  A2.2

Click on the skills for further clarification.

Course Description

The Arabic 4 course is a language acquisition course which requires some prior knowledge of the language. All skills are addressed in the course: speaking, listening, writing and reading. In addition, the course also focuses on vocabulary and grammar. Making use of practical situations, participants can practice both informal and professional language use. Furthermore, society and culture are also covered. You should take into account that every lesson involves a preparation time of approximately three hours.
The course is concluded with a written test. A certificate is awarded if the test is completed successfully and the participant has attended 80% of the lessons.

Last Modified: 15-11-2017