Moroccan Arabic and Culture Courses

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Open Educational Resources

In an effort to promote the creation and sharing of educational content available as Open Educational Resources (OER), the course development team at the University of Hawai’i and the University of Arizona converted the original two Moroccan Arabic courses designed for the Flagship Program into two OER textbooks: Beginning Moroccan Arabic and Culture and Advanced Moroccan Arabic and Culture. These two OER courses are offered as exported Moodle courses, primarily designed for installation in a Moodle course system.


The Moroccan Arabic and Culture OER Multimedia Textbooks aim to provide both beginning and advanced learners of Moroccan Arabic with curated authentic and interactive multimedia resources in Moroccan Darija, and contextualized learning experiences for developing region-specific communicative skills and cultural awareness. The downloadable file can be imported into a Moodle course system, or other Learning Management Systems (LMS).

The files we provide are for institutions to download and install in their own course management systems (primarily Moodle, or other course systems with proper plugins). Currently, this course cannot be used by individual learners. Instructors or administrators who intend to use this course first need to work with their course management system administrator to download and install the course(s). We are in the process of developing another version of the OER course for individual users.

Instructor / Administrator Use

Instructors and administrators intending to use these courses should, at a minimum, be familiar with the body of knowledge covered in these courses – the Moroccan Arabic dialect (Darija) used in typical sociocultural contexts in Morocco. The course is intended to be used in the blended/hybrid format. This means that learning materials and assignments that are available online will be combined with instructor-led interactive sessions, whether online or in person. For example, learning of related vocabulary and completing the listening comprehension activities can be assigned in advance of the class and students are expected to be fully prepared to participate in activating the language through role play and discussions in class, whether online or in person. After the class interactive activities, it’s recommended that the instructor create and assign speaking assessment/s of each lesson. Speaking (not included in the course) and listening assessment after finishing each module to assess the students understanding and absorption of the provided content and the appropriate use of it.

Course Content and Structure

Beginning Moroccan Arabic and Culture contains seven modules, and each module has three lessons; Advanced Moroccan Arabic and Culture contains seven modules and two Lessons under each module. Each Module starts with an overview that provides a brief summary of the learning objectives in that particular module. Each of the lessons focuses on a subtopic related to the module theme. Each lesson contains two types of activities: vocabulary learning through Quizlet digital flashcards and listening comprehension activities based on authentic videos using H5P. Once installed, course instructors can further customize the course content by adding assessments or other activities. See below for an overview of the Modules, Lessons and their corresponding themes in each course.

Beginning Moroccan Arabic

Modules and Themes

Lessons and Topics

1- Greetings and Introductions

1.1 Greetings

1.2 Introduction

1.3 Family

2- Hobbies and Daily Activities

2.1 Hobbies

2.2 Telling Time and Ordering Events in Time

2.3 Daily Schedule

3- Food

3.1 Eating at Home and Cooking

3.2 Ordering Food

3.3 Fast Food

4- Shopping

4.1 At the Store

4.2 At the Market

4.3 Traditional Clothing

5- Transportation and Traveling

5.1 Weather

5.2 Traveling

5.3 Transportation

6- Health

6.1 Body Parts and Describing People

6.2 At the Doctor’s Office

6.3 Pharmacy and Medicine

7- Professional Life

7.1 Forms of Address and expressing Requests

7.2 Organizations and Associations

7.3 Internships

Advanced Moroccan Arabic

Modules and Themes

Lessons and Topics

1- Complex Greetings and Introductions

1.1 Complex Greetings and Introductions

1.2 Expressing Aspirations and Interests in Introductions

2- Building Social Relations

2.1 Making Conversation and Sharing Experiences

2.2 Future Plans

3- Foods and Celebrations

3.1 Family Celebrations (e.g., weddings)

3.2 Religious Celebrations (e.g., Ramadan, Eid)

4- Shopping and Cost of Living

4.1 Shopping for Special Occasions

4.2 Credit and Cost of Living in Morocco

5- Hotel Reservations and Housing

5.1 Hotel Reservations

5.2 Renting an Apartment

6- Health

6.1 Health Emergencies and Special Pharmacies

6.2 Alternative / Integrative Medicine in Morocco

7- Professional Life

7.1 Work Environment and Meeting Etiquette

7.2 Internships and Volunteering

Creative Commons Licensing

The content in this exported Moodle course is licensed to you by the course authors from the University of Arizona and the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center at the University of Hawaiʻi, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. This means that you are free to reuse this material as-is, or to edit it to create a derivative product, as long as (1) you include accurate and appropriate attributions on pages of this or any derivative product; (2) you use this product or offer any derivative product only for noncommercial purposes, i.e., you are not permitted to profit from this product; and (3) you grant the same license and usage rights to any users of any product derived from this one.

Installation Instructions

Please note: The authentic materials used in both of these courses are delivered through an interactive content authoring tool called H5P. Regardless of which LMS you are using, the LMS needs to have the H5P plugin installed and enabled in order to properly deliver the content. For more information about H5P, please visit their website


  1. Ask your institution’s Moodle administrator to create a course in Moodle.
  2. Use Moodle’s Import function to import the downloaded content into your course (see gear icon on main course page).
  3. Edit course content and course settings to suit your needs. As an example, if you wish to create additional activities or assessments in each lesson or module, you will need to use the “Add an activity of resource” function where you see fit.
  4. Enroll users and run the course.

Other Learning Management Systems

Moodle course content can be imported to other Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Canvas and D2L. Below are instructions for Canvas and D2L users. You may consult your institution’s LMS administrator for more information.


  1. Navigate to the new shell.
  2. Select “Settings”.
  3. Click on “Import Content into This Course” from the buttons on the right.
  4. Select “Moodle…” for the “Content Type”.
  5. Next to “Source”, click the “Choose File” button and browse the Moodle backup file.
  6. Click “All Content”.
  7. Click “Import”.


  1. Go to the D2L course site you want to import materials TO and click “Course Admin”.
  2. Select “Import/Export/Copy Components”.
  3. Select “Import Components”.
  4. Verify “from a course package” is selected.
  5. Click “Start”.
  6. Drag and drop the package file exported out of the prior Learning Management system or click Upload and navigate to the file on your computer. Depending on the size of the package it could take some time for the file to upload.
  7. Click “Import All Components”.

Survey and Download

To download your copy of the Moroccan Arabic and Culture OER Multimedia Textbooks, please complete the following brief survey for each textbook you wish to download. After you finish, you will be provided with the link for download.

This course was created with support from The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center. The development of this course was funded under a grant from the Institute of International Education (IIE), acting as the administrative agent of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) for The Language Flagship.

The Language Flagship is a national initiative to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education through a network of programs at institutions of higher education across the United States. The Language Flagship graduates students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of ten languages critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

This website has been developed and is maintained by The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center. The content of this website and of the Moroccan Arabic Course do not necessarily reflect the position of policy of the U.S. government. No official government endorsement should be inferred.


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