To all teachers and students of Arabic:


The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) is pleased to announce that it will be offering its intensive summer Arabic programs in Beirut between June 21 and August 9, 2017. CAMES offers two separate programs:


1)      A seven-week program in Arabic language and culture that is designed for students interested in developing overall proficiency in Arabic in both its Standard and Lebanese varieties. Emphasis is placed on the development of the various skills within a communicative, proficiency-based framework, and special attention is given the development of intercultural competence in Arabic. The program provides instruction at different levels of proficiency from Elementary to Superior and students receive 9 credit hours that can be transferred to their home institution.


2)      A seven-week program in Lebanese Arabic (LA) that offers intensive instruction in LA at the intermediate level. The program is designed for those students who want to devote their attention to the development of proficiency in LA and thus places heavy emphasis on the speaking and listening skills and on building intercultural competence in LA. The program has a prerequisite of one year of prior study of Arabic and offers students 6 credit hours.  


In Summer 2017 the CAMES Arabic programs will be directed by Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal, one of the coauthors of al-Kitaab Arabic textbook series and will feature an outstanding team of instructors from AUB and other educational institutions in Lebanon, Europe, the US, and the Arab world. In addition, the programs will provide students with opportunities to engage in cultural and community-service activities. 


The application deadlines are February 15, 2017 for early admission and April 12, 2017 for regular admission.


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