Introduction to Moroccan Arabic (Darija)
ISA Meknes Study Center
Area of Study
African Studies, Arabic, Indigenous Languages, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Modern Languages, Moroccan Culture
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.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits1
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units1
Hours & Credits
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.
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