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OUR COURSES - Spring Quarter 2021


Spring 2021 Offers Eleven Courses, Including Three New Courses

Four Languages offered

Welcome to the MENA Languages Program.  We offer an array of courses to help you gain proficiency in any of the four languages we currently teach and deepen your interest in the Middle East.  You will find class descriptions as well as titles for required books below and we hope you will check us out. During this quarter, our office will be open at certain times each week. In the meantime, please contact the Director of the MENA Languages Program with any questions by scheduling a zoom meeting. You can also meet the MENA Languages faculty in this fun video


In order to keep you and our instructors safe and to insure an uninterrupted and sophisticated educational experience, we will be teaching all of our courses synchronous online. We are confident that we can deliver a high-impact and deep learning experience and bring students closer as a learning community despite the virtual environment.  Data from language learners tested at the end of Spring 2020  suggest that synchronous on-line  learning experiences are as effective as in-class experiences and students reach the same proficiency

ARABIC - Spring 2021

First-year  |  Second-year  |  Third-year  |  Language and Culture: CairoReading Modern Arabic Prose  

HEBREW - Spring 2021

First-year  |  Second-year  |  Topics in Hebrew Literature: Jerusalem

PERSIAN - Spring 2021


TURKISH - Spring 2021

First-year  |  Second-year: Istanbul 


our courses - SUMMER 2021

First-year Arabic and Second-year Arabic, each following a three-course sequence, are offered this summer in synchronous online format.  Contact MENA Languages Program Director Franziska Lys with any questions about your course placement.  Click here to register by June 20 (late registration closes June 25). 

ARABIC 111-1 First-year Arabic June 21 - July 9 MTWThF 9AM-12PM Raddawi
ARABIC 111-2 First-year Arabic July 12 - July 30 MTWThF 9AM-12PM Raddawi
ARABIC 111-3 First-year Arabic August 2 - August 20 MTWThF 9AM-12PM Mikhaeel
ARABIC 121-1 Second-year Arabic June 21 - July 9 MTWThF 1PM-4PM Raddawi
ARABIC 121-2 Second-year Arabic July 12 - July 20 MTWThF 1PM-4PM Mikhaeel
ARABIC 121-3 Second-year Arabic August 2 - August 20 MTWThF 1PM-4PM Mikhaeel



We have a unique program



Our program recognizes that students are diverse learners from racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse backgrounds. To encourage students to excel, we offer a variety of learning situations and scenarios including the frequent use of new technologies and opportunities to practice with native speakers of the target culture. The goal is for students to acquire the new language efficiently and thoroughly while being engaged.

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Many of our students take advantage of the various study abroad opportunities the University offers and all come back with engaging stories to tell.  Mara Kelly spent her summer in Jordan learning Arabic: "During my time in Amman, Jordan, I lived with a Jordanian host family, which was the highlight of my experience. My host family helped me feel at home and was incredibly welcoming."
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Our program has exceptional teaching faculty who regularly receive awards and accolades for teaching. Every faculty member makes a concerted effort to offer classes that are engaging, motivating, intellectually fulfilling, and have an interactive learning environment.


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Languages With Other Scripts

Languages with different scripts such as for example Arabic, Hebrew, or Persian aren’t as scary as you think.  The best way to learn a new alphabet is to practice the shape of each letter frequently. This will develop the necessary muscle memory to write each letter without having to think about it. There are plenty of apps to help you learn the alphabet of your target language. These are good options since they frequently combine both audio and written learning giving you well-rounded approach and more practical experience using the new letters. 


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