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Welcome to MENA Languages


Study Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish

Four Languages Offered

MENA is an English-language acronym meaning Middle East and North Africa. It refers to the region stretching from Morocco to Iran and includes Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and Yemen. It is one of the most diverse regions with more than sixty languages being spoken throughout.  The four most common languages are Arabic, Persian, Hebrew and Turkish,  the four languages we currently teach in our program. We hope you choose to study with us: you will acquire unique skills and a fresh perspective on the cultures and people of the MENA region. 

In order to accommodate our students' diverse schedules and avoid conflicts with other classes they have to take, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we have changed our schedule for first, second, and third year Arabic language classes to three times a week (M,W,F)  for 70 minutes.   
Arabic 111-1
MWF 9:30 – 10:40
Rana Raddawi
MWF 11:00 – 12:10
Ragy Mikhaeel
MWF 2:00 – 3:10
Fadia Antabli
Arabic 121-1
MWF 11:00-12:10
Fadia Antabli
MWF 3:30-4:40
Fatima Khan
Arabic 211-1
MWF 2:00-3:10
Rana Raddawi
Arabic 216-0
Arab Immigration
MW 5:00-6:20
Fatima Khan
Arabic 316-2
1001 Nights
MW 2:00-3:20
Ragy Mikhaeel
Hebrew 111-1
MTWTH 10:00-10:50
Ronit Alexander
Hebrew 121-1
MTWTH 11:00-11:50
Hanna Tzuker Seltzer
Hebrew 216-1
City of Jerusalem
T TH 2:00-3:20
Hanna Tzuker Seltzer
Persian 121-1
MTWTH 4-4:50 (online)
Taymaz Poor Mohammad
Turkish 111-1
MTWTH 11:00-11:50
Oya Topcuoglu
Turkish 121-1
MTWTH 1:00-1:50
Oya Topcuoglu

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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Arabic alphabet
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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Upcoming Events

Hebrew Language Table

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Online

Join us for bi-weekly Hebrew Table.  Practice speaking Hebrew in a supportive (and fun) environment.  Speakers of all levels are welcom...

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Latest MENA Languages News

The Arabic Language dictionary developed by Professor Fatima Khan helps students in and out of the classroom.
Northwestern Languages Instructors Discuss Teaching New Scripts
The GLO expects Study Abroad Programs to resume in the Fall of 2021

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