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MENA LANGUAGES PROGRAM

Welcome to our unique Program

 

Learn Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, or Persian

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Our students and our faculty welcome new and current students to our unique language and culture program. We hope you will choose to begin or continue studying with us. In addition to scheduling an array of interesting language and culture courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Persian every quarter,  we offer tutoring services to help you advance your language skills and regular cultural programming such as language tables, movie nights, and guest speakers (we regularly collaborate with the MENA Student Association and the MENA Studies Program).  If you study with us, you will acquire important language skills and a fresh perspective on the cultures and people of the MENA region.  The MENA region stretches from Morocco to Iran and includes the following countries: 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.

 

FALL 2022 SCHEDULE

ARABIC COURSES
ARABIC 111-1
FIRST-YEAR
MWF
9:30-10:40
Fatima Khan
MWF
11:00-12:10
Fatima Khan
MWF
2:00-3:10
Fadia Antabli
ARABIC 121-1
SECOND-YEAR
MWF
11:00-12:10
Rana Raddawi
MWF
2:00-3:10
Ragy Mikhaeel

 

ARABIC 211-1
THIRD-YEAR
MWF
11:00-12:10
Fadia Antabli

 

 

ARABIC 245 
Current Events in the Middle
East:  Arab Society through
Online News Media
MWF
11:00-12:20
Ragy Mikhaeel

 

ARABIC 304
Translation in Practice:
A Bridge to the Future
MW
1:00-2:20
Rana Raddawi

 

HEBREW COURSES
HEBREW 111-1
FIRST-YEAR
MWF
9:30-10:40
Ronit Alexander

 

HEBREW 121-1
SECOND-YEAR
MWF
11:00-12:10
Hanna Tzuker Seltzer

 

 

HEBREW 211
THIRD-YEAR
Language and Culture
MW
2-3:20
Hanna Tzuker Seltzer

 

 

TURKISH COURSES
TURKISH 111-1
FIRST-YEAR
MWF
9:30-10:40
Oya Topçuoğlu

 

 

TURKISH 121-1
SECOND-YEAR
MWF
12:30-1:40
Oya Topçuoğlu

 

 

We have a unique program

 

PROGRESSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

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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ENGAGING STUDY-ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

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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AWARD WINNING INSTRUCTORS

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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News and Events

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 
MENA Languages Welcomes Fulbright Teaching Assistant Fatima AlhammadiCharlene Mitchell and Dean Randolph
MENA Languages Welcomes Fulbright FLTA

Northwestern University was chosen to host three Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for the 2022-23 Academic Year.  MENA Languages is excited to welcome one of them: Fatima Alhammadi who will work closely with the instructors and students in the Arabic Language program.  Read more about Fatima here.  The others Fulbrights are Katya Mironenko and Faith Chebet, who will be working with Russian and Swahili language students respectively. 

The Fulbright FLTA Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  The Program is designed to develop Americans' knowledge of and exposure to foreign cultures and languages by supporting teaching assistantships.  This year, the FLTAs were chosen from 55 countries, and they will be teaching 35 languages at hundreds of United States institutions of higher education.  

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

 
Nov
18
2022
Hebrew Language Table

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Evanston

Practice spreaking Hebrew in a supportive and fun environment.  Speakers of all abilities are welcome!

Nov
21
2022
Mariela Shaker Concert and Lecture

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Evanston

Mariela Shaker presents "My Bow Bends for Peace." Syrian American Mariela Shaker is an international award-winning violinist and motiva...

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Latest MENA Languages News

 
Two MENA Languages Instructors Make the ASG Honor Roll
Professor Ragy Mikhaeel Leads a Discussion in the Evanston Community
Professor Hanna Tzuker Seltzer Moderates a Discussion with Author Matthew Teller
MENA Languages Students are Eligible for the Critical Language Scholarship
CBS News features Northwestern's MENA Student Association during Arab-American Heritage Month

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