Summer Arabic 2018

Summer Intensive Arabic Level 2 

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.

Dates Days and Times Credits Tuition and Fees Instructor(s)
June 18-August 10 M-F 9-12, 1:30-3:30 300 units $7,381 Osama abu Eledam

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.