The Center for Language Studies Arabic immersion program offers courses in first-, and second-year Modern Standard Arabic. A wide range of students have participated in the Arabic program—high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and retirees. Students play an active role in the language tables, study together in groups, and highlight their artistic or culinary talents during the evening of international poetry and song or the international dinner. None of these goals—high-level, fast-paced language acquisition and cultural enrichment —would be possible, however, without the fine instructors of Arabic whom we have had over the years. Students consider their instructors’ talent and creativity, willingness to help students, and dedication to the teaching of Arabic language and culture to be some of the greatest qualities of our program.
Rachel Friedman began her study of Arabic at CLS in summer 2005 as a high school students. Three years later, she returned as a TA to teach the same class in which she had studied. We present two perspectives of our program from her, one as a student and another as a teacher (click on either to read the complete text):