UM Offers Intensive Summer Arabic Courses to High School Students

May 13, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Arabic Studies Program will offer two intensive Arabic language courses to high school students during the Montana Arabic Summer Institute at UM from June 22 to July 10.

The courses are funded through a STARTALK grant from the National Security Agency to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important foreign languages.

Twenty-five students will be recruited and enrolled in two levels: Level one is for students with no previous knowledge of Arabic; level two is for students who have been introduced to the basics either during the summer 2014 program or in high school.

The course aims to develop and improve students’ Arabic-language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – and cultural knowledge in a fun and academic environment. Students will cook, dance and sing using Arabic. They also will learn how to enable and use Arabic (a right-to-left language) on their computers, iPads and smartphones.

The grant covers the cost of tuition and instruction materials: textbooks, flash drives, notebooks, etc. Upon completion of the courses, each student will earn five college credits.

For more information call UM Assistant Professor and head of the Arabic Studies Program Khaled Huthaily at 406-243-6602 or email khaled.huthaily@umontana.edu. Registration forms are available at http://cas.umt.edu/mcll/arabic.

Contact: Khaled Huthaily, assistant professor and head of the Arabic Studies Program, UM Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, 406-243-6602, khaled.huthaily@umontana.edu.