As the Arab World continues to play a critical role in geo-politics, economics, and culture, there is a pressing need for fluent speakers of Modern Standard Arabic in journalism, business, education, banking and finance, development, consulting, and the Foreign Service.
The Arabic language, derived from the Quran, is used and understood in 22 historically and culturally rich countries across the Arab World—from Morocco to the Persian Gulf (and beyond)—molded by one of the world’s great religions, Islam.
Our summer Arabic program encompasses seven skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing, grammar, pronunciation, and intercultural awareness. At all levels it exposes learners to Arabic grammar, syntactical structure, and script while teaching communicative strategies that allow learners to perform common tasks and handle social interactions. The program’s cultural component familiarizes learners with everything from Arabic calligraphic art to bartering in the souk.
The program’s goal is help students meet the challenge and reap the academic, professional, and cultural rewards of learning Arabic.
- Eight weeks of classes from June 16 to August 8, 2014
- 21.5 hours of in-class instruction per week
- Elementary, intermediate, and advanced sections available depending on enrollment
- Two components for each level: a Core Component that focuses on structure and vocabulary, and a Fluency Component that is devoted to real-world speaking, listening, reading, and writing
- Free tutoring to support classroom learning
- Conversation partner program, which offers a chance to interact with native-speakers from the Institute’s graduate programs
- Co-curricular activities designed to enhance formal study
- Instructors with native-level fluency, advanced teaching degrees and years of experience
- Career advising to support students’ career paths related to the Arab world