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Explore multimedia stories about NSLI-Y Arabic summer and academic year programs on NSLI-Y Interactive!

Arabic Summer Program

Arabic CalligraphyPossible Program Locations: Jordan, Morocco
Program Dates: Summer programs are six to eight weeks in duration and typically start in mid-June to early July, and end in early to mid-August
Language Class Hours: Minimum of 120 hours during the program
Accommodations: Host families or a combination of group housing and host family stays

Academic program: The Arabic summer program seeks to significantly increase students’ Arabic vocabulary and their ability to communicate with confidence in the target language. Program curriculum is designed to facilitate, through immersion and intensive learning, the equivalent of one year of Arabic instruction at a U.S. university. All programs include instruction in Modern Standard Arabic. Classes in the colloquial dialect will also be offered to help students with everyday communication. Depending on program location, participants will be able to apply classroom learning while exploring the ruins at Petra, or bargaining at Marrakech's souks!

Pre- and post-program expectations: All participants will be required to participate in pre-program language learning programs, as guided by their implementing organization. All participants will be required to complete a pre-program survey, pre-program language assessments (if requested),   and several post-program surveys and language tests.

Good to know: In 2017, Ramadan begins on May 27th, so participants on an Arabic summer program will likely have the honor of witnessing the holy month first-hand. Young women do not need to plan to wear a veil or hijab while on program, but should plan to dress conservatively.

Arabic Academic Year Program

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Possible Program Locations: Morocco
Program Dates: Late August/mid-September through May or June
Language Class Hours: Minimum of 10 hours per week
Accommodations: Host families

Academic program: The Arabic academic year program seeks to significantly increase students’ Arabic vocabulary and their ability to communicate with confidence in the target language. Instruction will be offered in reading, writing, listening and speaking Modern Standard Arabic. Classes in the colloquial dialect will be offered to help students with everyday communication with their host families, at school, and in the community. Participants will have opportunities to put their language skills to use through community service, art classes, music performances, and presentations.

Good to know: Morocco offers an exciting mix of culture, situated at the crossroads of three cultures: Arabic, European and Berber. In Morocco, you will often hear people using French, Arabic and Berber all in one sentence!  Young women do not need to plan to wear a veil or hijab while on program, but should plan to dress conservatively.

Pre- and post-program expectations: All participants will be required to participate in pre-program language learning programs, as guided by their implementing organization. All participants will be required to complete a pre-program survey, pre-program language assessments (if requested),   and several post-program surveys and language tests.

Fun fact! Nearly all Arabic words have a root of three letters. The same root will be found in words of a common meaning or theme. For instance, the word for "book" has the same root letters as the words for "library" and "to write."