Arabic Language Programs
About the Program
The Arabic program is open to beginners. It combines the two existing varieties of Arabic: Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), mainly used in written texts and formal settings, and colloquial Arabic (Palestinian Arabic, or PA), which refers to various spoken dialects used among different Arab countries and communities. The course aims to introduce students to the basic foundations of speaking an Arabic dialect and reading in MSA.
Students will learn how to:
- Understand the basic grammar and vocabulary of both MSA and PA. The course focuses on the shared aspects of these two varieties of Arabic, as well as on the differences between them. The first lessons are dedicated to learning the Arabic alphabet and introducing basic vocabulary and structures.
- Understand and actively participate in simple conversations.
- Read and translate basic texts.
The Arabic program focuses on communication and developing proficiency in the language by using it in meaningful contexts: greetings, education, home and family, work, politics, and culture. The course awards 4 academic credits.
For more information, please see the Arabic Program description June 16-July 21, 2016 (suitable for complete beginners).
The Arabic Program: June 16-July 21, 2016
The Advanced Arabic Program:
Upon case of applicable requests we will consider opening a special class for the Advanced Arabic Program.
About the Program
Students are required to have studied Arabic for one year before enrolling in this program.
The Advanced Arabic program aims to provide students with advanced skills in speaking, reading, and writing Arabic. It combines both Modern Standard Arabic and colloquial (Palestinian) Arabic, reflecting how the language is used by native speakers. Students focus on acquiring more vocabulary and understanding fundamental, grammatical structures so that they may attain a higher level of comprehension and communication.
The program teaches communication skills in different areas, such as culture, politics, and daily activities. Students will acquire advanced skills to read and understand a variety of texts from different fields.
For more information, please see the intermediate and advance Arabic program descriptions here.
Tuition for all programs: $1, 450 (USD)