Summer Language Institute - Arabic

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The University of Virginia Arabic Program is pleased to announce its intensive summer language program offered through the Summer Language Institute. This summer we are offering Arabic Level One and Arabic Level TwoArabic Level One students will learn the equivalent of two semesters of Introductory Arabic (8 credits) in an eight-week period. Arabic Level Two students will learn the equivalent of two semesters of Intermediate Arabic (8 credits) plus an introduction to Levantine Colloquial (1 credit), for a total of 9 credits.

The Arabic Program selects only experienced and caring teachers who enjoy the challenges of the program. We offer special conversation and cultural sessions, promoting the Communicative Method of language instruction.

Why Study Arabic?

Studying Arabic at the University of Virginia will give you the ability to communicate with more than 330 million of the world's population and prepare you for an adventure of discovery in the Arab world—a cradle of civilization and birthplace of monotheistic religions. The Arabic language also unlocks the door to a wealth of diverse literature (including fiction, science, philosophy and religion) composed over the past 16 centuries. Unlike most modern languages, after completing 200-level courses, you will be able to access texts dating back a millennium and a half!

Unlike most summer Arabic programs which focus exclusively on Modern Standard Arabic, the Arabic SLI combines instruction in Classical Arabic and Colloquial Levantine. This innovative curriculum is based on the belief that colloquial and classical studies are mututally reinforcing. That is, study of colloquial at once promotes a deeper understanding of classical and unlocks the subtle layers of cultural meaning that permeate everyday life in the Arabic-speaking world.

Whether you aspire to study Arabic for work in government and NGOs, or for higher studies in literature, religion, and political science, or simply for your own personal fulfillment, the SLI will equip you with the language skills and cultural knowledge you'll need.

Level 1 (ARAB 1016 and ARAB 1026)

Level 1 provides instruction in elementary level Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Unlike the diversity of informal Arabic dialects, Modern Standard Arabic (fusha) is the form of Arabic common to all 22 Arab countries of the “League of Arab States” and used in modern literature, government, media, and educational institutions.

The first half of (Level 1 – ARAB 1016) is devoted to learning the Arabic alphabet as well as the basic grammar and vocabulary needed to formulate sentences and more extended discourse. The second half of this level focuses on developing proficiency through expanding knowledge of grammar, acquiring new vocabulary and refining skills in simulated real life situations and cultural contexts.

Please Note that this course is intended for students who have limited or no knowledge of the language. Native speakers of Arabic may not enroll in the Summer Language Institute. Non-native speakers, who have previously received informal instruction in Arabic, should consult with the SLI Arabic Program Director, Bilal Humeidan, (bah7n@virginia.edu)  to determine their level in the program.

Required Texts:

  1. Brustad, Kristen, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi. Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, Second edition. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2004.
  2. Brustad, Kristen, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi. Al-Kitaab fii Ta‘allum al 'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One. Second edition. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2004.
  3. Supplementary material to be distributed in class
  4. This course will cover Alif Baa, and lessons 1 - 13 from Al-Kitaab, Part One.

Level 2:  ARAB 2016, ARAB 2026 and ARAB 2256 (Colloquial I), ARAB 2266 (Colloquial II)

Level two provides instruction in both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and introductory communicative skills in the Arabic dialect spoken in the Levant region (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories). The colloquial component will complement and extend students' understanding and appreciation of classical Arabic, from which much of Levantine vocabulary is derived, as well as equip them with the language of everyday life as spoken across a wide territory in the Arab world. Building on what students learned in ARAB 1010 and 1020, the morning and afternoon sessions will be devoted to Classical Arabic study at the intermediate level, developing and advancing the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). In the evening, students will receive one hour of instruction in basic Levantine colloquial vocabulary and syntax in a dynamic, communicative format.

Please Note: Successful completion of ARAB 1020 or an equivalent proficiency level is required on the part of Level 2 applicants. Students who have NOT completed ARAB 1020 through UVa must consult with the SLI Arabic Program Director, Bilal Humeidan, (bah7n@virginia.edu) prior to applying to Arabic SLI Level 2.

Required Texts and Material:

  1. Brustad, Kristen, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi. Al-Kitaab fii Ta‘allum al-‘Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One. Second edition. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press 2004.
  2. Brustad, Kristen, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi. Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al - ‘Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part Two. Second edition. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2004.
  3. Supplementary material to be distributed in class.
  4. The Level – 2 covers: lessons 14 - 20 from Al-Kitaab, Part One and lessons 1 - 5 from Al-Kitaab, Part Two.
  5. Chouairi, Rajaa. Shou fi ma fi: Intermediate Levantine Arabic (Paperback), edited by Mahdi Aloush. Yale University Press, 2010.

Tentative Program Structure

Program meets five days a week for eight weeks.

Morning Session: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2021 Costs

Students in all SLI programs, including the non-credit option, must pay the Institute Fee of $60.00 and the Comprehensive Fee.

See Summer Session Housing for information on housing costs. See Dining for Information on meal plans.

  Virginia Resident Non Virginia Resident

Required Fees

Institute Fee

Comprehensive Fee

 

$60

$294

 

$60

$354

Level One Undergraduate Student Tuition
(8 credits)
$423 x 8cr = $3,384 $1,552 x 8cr = $12,416
Level One Graduate Student Tuition
(8 credits)
$489 x 8cr = $3,912

$992 x 8cr = $7,936

Level Two Undergraduate Student Tuition
(9 credits)
$423 x 9cr = $3,807 $1,552 x 9cr = $13,968
Level Two Graduate Student Tuition
(9 credits)
$489 x 9cr = $4,401

$992 x 9cr = $8,928

Non Credit Study Option Tuition $5,076 $5,076

Please note that graduate level tuition applies to current UVA students who will graduate in May, before the start of the SLI.

Contact Information: 

Department of Middle East and South Asian Languages and Cultures
Director: Bilal Humeidan
New Cabell Hall
(434) 243-4355

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