Summer Intensive Arabic Program

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.  

Program Highlights

  • 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

Please click below to learn more about each level and textbook(s) used.

Elementary Arabic

The elementary level of Arabic is designed for students with no or minimal knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. The elementary level begins with an introduction to the sounds and script of the language using the text Arabiyyat al -Naas (part One). Students will be exposed to authentic reading and listening materials, learn to speak at the survival level, give oral presentations, and prepare short written assignments. Supplementary authentic materials from newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and television are provided to enhance both reading and listening skills. Students should expect to spend an additional 4-5 hours per day outside class to complete homework assignments and prepare for class.

Students with knowledge of Arabic letters and sounds, but very limited exposure to the language, will have to take a placement test to determine their language proficiency.

Elementary-Level Textbook

The Arabic Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required:

Students with no knowledge or experience learning Arabic and/or with minimal knowledge of Arabic will use the following textbook:

Arabiyyat al -Naas  (part One):  An introductory course in Arabic
Munther Younes, Makda Weatherspoon and Maha Saliba foster

Oxford Picture Dictionary English-Arabic: Bilingual Dictionary for Arabic-speaking teenage and adult students of English [Paperback]
Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (August 15, 2008)

Intermediate Arabic

The intermediate class is designed for students with at least one year of recent college level Arabic studies. Students are required to take a placement test at the start of the program. Placement is determined by students' language proficiency level, not the length of their previous studies.

The class uses a communicative approach to engage students in the learning process. Students participate in interactive and functional activities such as dialogues, role plays, and presentations to practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Instruction is designed to improve students' overall ability to understand and use the language accurately and appropriately. Arabiyyat al -Naas (part two) will be used for the Intermediate class. The text is supplemented with DVDs and authentic materials from newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and television for listening and reading practice. Students should expect to spend an additional 4-5 hours per day outside class to complete homework assignments and prepare for class.

Intermediate-Level Textbook

The Arabic Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required:

Arabiyyat al -Naas (part two); An intermediate Arabic course in Arabic
Munther Younes and Hanada al- Masri

The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic
Edition: 4th
Publisher: Spoken Language Services Inc.

Advanced Arabic

The advanced level Arabic course is a content-driven course with limited grammatical support. Upon enrollment at this level, students should be able to sustain an involved discussion of considerable length, talk about a variety of topics, and initiate, sustain and conclude a social interaction or a conversation involving a complex situation. Students will be engaged in extensive reading and listening activities based on authentic materials on topics such as politics, society, economics and culture, followed by discussions and written responses to the content.  Students in this class should be able to write using a limited but sufficient range of structures with general control over grammar, and should expect to spend an additional 4-5 hours per day outside class to complete homework assignments and prepare for class.

Advanced-Level Textbook

The Arabic Coordinator will provide instructions for ordering textbooks. Please wait to order a textbook until you receive this confirmation.

Required:

Arabiyyat al -Naas (part three); An advanced Arabic course in Arabic
Munther Younes and Yomna Chami

The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic
Edition: 4th
Publisher: Spoken Language Services Inc.