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Welcome to MENA Languages


Study Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish

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.


Learn more about MENA Languages, our Program, our Mission, our progressive teaching-tools, and our award-winning faculty.  Please contact the Director of the MENA Languages Program, Professor Franziska Lys, with any questions by scheduling a zoom meeting. You can also meet the MENA Languages faculty in this fun video




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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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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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