Summer Arabic 2018

The Summer Language Institute is offering intensive summer Arabic courses at three levels in 2018, as well as a course in colloquial Egyptian Arabic:

Students with previous experience studying Arabic will complete a diagnostic assessment on the first day of the program to ensure correct placement, and so that our instructors can address the specifc needs of the students in the class and provide the best possible learning experience. The assessment will include reading, writing, grammar, and listening, along with a brief oral assessment.

All students enrolled in the summer Arabic program will conclude the summer by participating in an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. Each student will then receive an independent, certified rating that documents the student's speaking ability.

Summer Intensive Arabic Level 1

Dates Days and Times Credits Tuition and Fees Instructor(s)
June 18-August 10 M-F 9-12, 1:30-3:30 300 units $7,370 TBD

Summer Intensive Arabic Level 1 is an 8-week course designed to introduce complete novices to the fundamentals of Arabic in the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Classes are small and use  the Alif Baa' and al-Kitaab textbook (2nd edition), supplemented by authentic materials both to learn the language and to experience the culture. Cultural proficiency is an integral part of the language instruction (forms of address, youth phrases, phrases used among intimate friends,etc.). Students will spend 4-5 hours per day practicing using Arabic in classroom activities, and should plan on studying an additional 3-4 hours most afternoons and evenings. In addition to class time, a full day trip to an Arab neighborhood in Chicago provides an opportunity to use Arabic in an authentic cultural context. Cultural exposure will also be supplemented through guest speakers, songs, and films. At the conclusion of the course, students can expect to have mastered the sounds and shapes of the Arabic alphabet, to be able to speak about themselves and their world in Modern Standard Arabic, as well as to engage in conversations about familiar topics with native speakers,  to comprehend basic texts, and to use some common phrases in colloquial Egyptian and Shaami. After the 8-week course, students can expect to advance to the Intermediate Low level on the ACTFL scale.

Summer Intensive Arabic Level 1.5

Dates Days and Times Credits Tuition and Fees Instructor(s)
June 18-August 10 M-F 9-12, 1:30-3:30 300 units $7,370 TBD

Summer Arabic Level 1.5 is designed for the student who has begun studying Arabic, but who is not yet fully comfortable in speaking, listening, and/or writing on a wide range of common topics. In this 8-week course, students will consolidate and advance their Arabic language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) to move confidently into the Intermediate range. The class materials (al-Kitaab Part 1, 2nd edition,  children’s stories, popular songs, film excerpts) as well as a number of extra activities (a field trip to an Arab neighborhood, guest lecturers) will be geared to integrating language and culture and encouraging students to communicate in culturally rich ways. At the conclusion of the sequence, students should be able to speak about themselves and their world in Modern Standard Arabic, as well as to engage in conversations about familiar topics with native speakers, to comprehend basic texts, and to use some common phrases in colloquial Egyptian and Shaami. At the end of the sequence, students should advance to the Intermediate Low/Intermediate Mid level on the ACTFL scale.

Summer Intensive Arabic Level 2

Dates Days and Times Credits Tuition and Fees Instructor(s)
June 18-August 10 M-F 9-12, 1:30-3:30 300 units $7,270 TBD

Summer Intensive Arabic Level 2 is designed for students who have completed the equivalent of Alif Baa' and al-Kitaab Part One, or attained a minimum Novice High proficiency on the ACTFL scale. In this 8-week summer course in Arabic, students will improve and refine their language skills using al-Kitaab part 2 (2nd edition), along with authentic stories, poems, and articles. Cultural proficiency is an integral part of the language instruction, as students immerse themselves in readings (literary and journalistic) and engage in conversations with their classmates and with the Arabic-speaking community in Chicago and with guest lecturers/presenters. Students will also extend their language and cultural skills by working on songs and film extracts. The class will help students develop their ability to initiate and sustain discussion on topics of general interest and to present information and simple narratives in Modern Standard Arabic; to understand a wide range of written genres in Arabic, including formal writing, journalistic texts, and less formal styles; to write and speak with increasing accuracy and fluency; and to carry out basic research with non-technical texts. After the 8-week course, students can expect to reach the Intermediate Mid or Intermediate High level on the ACTFL scale.

This course provides 175 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for Summer Arabic Level 2.

Colloquial Egyptian Arabic

Dates Days and Times Credits Tuition and Fees Instructor(s)
June 18-July 12 M-Th 9-11:30 100 units $2,750 TBD

Colloquial Egyptian is a proficiency-based course designed to develop the linguistic skills used in personal day-to-day life. The course focuses on spoken Egyptian Colloquial Arabic rather than Modern Standard written Arabic, and will thus primarily involve oral proficiency and listening comprehension activities. The course will build on students' familiarity with Modern Standard Arabic to introduce colloquial variations as well as vocabulary, expressions, and constructions particular to Egyptian usage. Students will work with contemporary media from Egypt to improve their conversational fluency in one of the major colloquial versions of the Arabic language. Prerequisite: minimum of one year of college-level study of Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent placement.