Summer Program

June 10 - July 19, 2019

Application deadline: May 24

The SINARC summer 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 Lebanese Dialect  (with sufficient enrollment) 2
Total credits Credits transferable to the student’s home institution 8 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 include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture, as well as excursions to historic, touristic and cultural sites in Beirut and throughout Lebanon.

Courses 

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. 

Textbooks

  • Alif-Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds (Brustad, et. al.)
  • Al-Kitaab fil Ta’allum al-’Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Parts One, Two and Three (Brustad, et. al.)

Course descriptions

SIN 101 - Elementary Arabic (6 credits)

This elementary course is designed for students who have no knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. It offers a unique opportunity for descendants of Arabic- speakers to revive their lost language and cultural ties with their ancestors’ land. The course is open to the general public, students of Middle Eastern studies, business people, embassy officials and children of foreign nationals stationed in the Middle East. In this course, Arabic language instruction aims for basic proficiency in the four language skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. By the end of the course, students are able to handle many daily life situations, such as identifying the self and others, naming familiar objects and people, telling time, asking for directions, describing places of residence and national origins, ordering food and drink.

Students registering for Elementary Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 111 - Upper Elementary Arabic (6 credits)

Students must have completed approximately one semester of Arabic (or the equivalent) to be able to join this class. They must have the ability to read and write using Arabic script, have a limited working vocabulary and a basic understanding of sentence structure and other basic grammatical concepts. This course is a continuation of Elementary Arabic and expands on all four skills of language learning; reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Students registering for Upper Elementary Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.SIN 201 - Intermediate Arabic I (6 credits)

SIN 202 - Intermediate Arabic II (6 credits)

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Arabic I and expands on students’ acquisition of vocabulary and grammar skills. At the end of this course, students will be able to read longer authentic Arabic texts with greater ease. They will be able to write short essays and give short presentations.

SIN 301 - Advanced Arabic  (6 credits)

Students placed in the advanced level should have completed the equivalent of two or more years of Arabic in college. They will have acquired a broad vocabulary and mastered basic Arabic syntax and morphology. Class sessions aim to help students attain proficiency in expository and argumentative discourse and to handle a variety of communicative tasks. Reading, writing, and listening activities address various styles of texts covering areas of literature, culture, history, and the social sciences.
Students registering for Advanced Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 302 - Advanced Arabic II (6 credits)

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 discourse and to handle a variety of communicative tasks. Reading, writing and listening activities address various styles of language texts covering areas in literature, culture, history, and the social sciences.

Students registering for Advanced Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 211 - Intensive Lebanese Dialect (8 credits) 

Enrollment permitting, the SINARC program will offer an intensive, eight-credit course in the Lebanese dialect. This course is designed for students who have attained intermediate to advanced level proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. Students are regularly given practice assignments that involve using the dialect outside the classroom throughout Lebanon.

Course requires sufficient enrollment.

SIN 105 - Lebanese Dialect, Level I (2 credits)

Students placed in this level have no previous knowledge of the 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.

SIN 106 - Lebanese Dialect, Level II (2 credits)

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 using description, narration and argumentation.

SIN 107 - Lebanese Dialect, Level III (2 credits)

The class is designed to help Students Bridge between their knowledge of the Modern Standard Arabic and the Lebanese dialect through various means of interpretations of newspaper articles and current issues as presented through the many media mediums available in Lebanon and the Middle East.

Costs 

Tuition ($360 per credit) $2,880
Dorm (Sharing) $1,180
Excursions (touristic entrance fees, transportation, and one overnight stay) $331
TOTAL $4,391

Notes:

  • Non-refundable deposit: $250
  • Single occupancy:  $551 extra depending on availability
  • Health insurance: $88
    Participants are required to purchase comprehensive health insurance, unless they can provide evidence of comparable coverage. Emergency health insurance for coverage over the duration of the program may be purchased through LAU upon arrival.
  • Transportation for arrival and departure between Beirut International Airport and LAU-Beirut is provided for SINARC students (residing in the LAU dorm only) free of charge. Additional transportation needs within Lebanon are the responsibility of students. Taxi and bus services are reasonably priced in Lebanon.
  • Meals and round trip travel to Beirut, books, and supplies are not included in the above costs.
  • While ATMs are available and credit cards are widely accepted in Lebanon, cash is the most convenient form of currency. American dollars are legal tender in Lebanon. Other currencies are easily exchanged in banks or exchange counters at official rates. The rate of exchange is approximately L.L. 1,500 = U.S.$ 1.
  • Deposit and tuition payments may be made by check, bank transfer or credit card.
  • Refund Clause: Please note that there will be no refunds on program fees after the start of the session, unless the University cancels the program for unforeseen reasons.

Scholarship

This summer, SINARC is offering two scholarships.
The application is the same as the Application for Admission
Deadline to apply: April 27, 2019

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled as a full time student
  • Completed 1 year of Arabic studies at an accredited institution
  • Have good academic standing (transcript required)
  • Does not benefit from a full scholarship or financial assistance

Coverage:

  • Full tuition
  • Excursions
  • Accommodation (in a shared room)
  • Insurance

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