The SINARC Spring Program offers four levels of intensive courses in Arabic language and culture:
|Levels *||Elementary||Upper Elementary||Intermediate||Advanced||Credits|
|Courses offered||Modern Standard Arabic - Fusha (fuṣḥá)||6|
|Additional courses||Arabic Writing Skills||3|
|Principles of Translation||3|
|Total credits||Credits transferable to the student’s home institution||14 credits|
* Placement exams will be administered at the beginning of the program to determine each student’s appropriate course levels.
Formal instruction in language is enriched by immersion in an authentic cultural context. Cultural activities are abundant on campus during the fall semester including lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture. Students will receive invitations to attend when available. SINARC also organizes a series of excursions to historic, touristic and cultural sites throughout Lebanon.
All classes are held in air-conditioned classrooms and lecture halls, Monday through Friday. A complete schedule will be given at the beginning of the term.
Elementary Arabic was added to the SINARC program in 1998 to meet the needs of students in between novice and low intermediate levels. Students in this course have studied approximately one semester of Arabic (or the equivalent), and have acquired the ability to read and write using Arabic script. They have a limited working vocabulary, and a basic understanding of sentence structure and other basic grammatical concepts, such as adjective agreement and some verb conjunction.
The course aims at bringing students up to intermediate-level competency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Students placed in the intermediate level should have taken at least one year of Arabic in college (or the equivalent) and have acquired a basic knowledge of the structure of modern standard Arabic. This course aims at enabling students to read, write, speak, and listen at a competency level equivalent to intermediate-mid on the ACTFL scale. Classroom instruction focuses on basic Arabic morphology, syntax and vocabulary building, as well as on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students are asked to comment on most daily life situations, write descriptions and argumentation and read a variety of styles. Students at this level study units 11 through 20 of Al-Kitab, Part One, and the first two chapters of Al-Kitab, Part Two, as well as suitable authentic materials related to various aspects of Lebanese, Arab, and Middle Eastern culture.
Students registering for Intermediate Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.
Students placed in the advanced level should have completed the equivalent of two or more years of Arabic in college. They have acquired a broad vocabulary and have mastered basic Arabic syntax and morphology. Class sessions aim to help students attain proficiency in expository and argumentative discourses and to handle a variety of communicative tasks. Reading, writing, and listening activities combine lessons from the textbook Al-Kitab, Part Two, with readings of various styles dealing with language, literature, culture, history, and the social sciences. Students registering for Advanced Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.
Students placed in this level have no previous knowledge of the Lebanese dialect. The aim of this course is to provide students of modern standard Arabic with an opportunity to learn the basics of the Lebanese dialect. Students in this level will learn to communicate with native speakers in various daily situations.
This course is designed for students who have had some exposure to the Lebanese dialect. The classes will enable students to practice their speaking skills and improve their pronunciation and fluency. Students will converse on topics involving description, narration and argumentation.
This course deals with the principles of translation, translation from English into Arabic and vice versa. It trains students to write correctly in several styles, especially styles that are proper for literature and the mass media. Chosen texts and selected excerpts are analyzed and translated by taking into consideration common grammatical and syntactic mistakes.
Students placed in this intermediate-level course will work on improving their Arabic language writing skills and sentence structure through the use of enriched vocabulary and terminology, with correct and adequate syntax, as well as journal writing activities, narratives and translations.
|Tuition ($360 per credit)||5,040|
|Excursions (touristic entrance fees, transportation, and one overnight stay)||331|
|Student Association fee||88|
|School Personal Accidents and Insurance Policy||15|