Rabat Arabic Language & Service Learning Program (Summer)

Through language study and a volunteer partnership with a host organization working on education, health care, children’s welfare, women’s rights, and other critical issues, this program will give you a unique immersion in the life and society of this fascinating city, country, and region.

The host institution, the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL) is a private cultural institution founded and directed by Moroccan academics with over 20 years of experience in cross-cultural education. Courses in Fus’ha (modern Arabic) are taught by experienced instructors trained specifically to teach Arabic as a second language. The CCCL is located in a nineteenth-century building in the medina (old city) of Rabat.

Program Curriculum

Students enroll in either two Arabic language courses or one Arabic language course and the service learning placement. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Option 1: Intensive Arabic Language

Students choose two Arabic language courses for a total of eight credits.

CAS LY 111/112: Modern Arabic 1 & 2 (8 credits)

The essentials of standard Arabic, the idiom used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Syllabus

CAS LY 211/212: Modern Arabic 3 & 4 (8)

(Prerequisite: CAS LY 112: Modern Arabic 2, or the equivalent.) Completes the process of presenting the basic structures of modern formal Arabic, concentrating on weak verb forms, more complicated sentence formation, and more sophisticated expression in speech and writing. Vocabulary expansion and better root-pattern identification skills are also stressedSyllabus

Option 2: Arabic Language and Service Learning
Students choose an Arabic language course and enroll in a service learning placement for a total of eight credits.

CAS LY 111: Modern Arabic 1 (4 credits)

The essentials of standard Arabic, the idiom used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Syllabus

CAS LY 112: Modern Arabic 2 (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LY 111: Modern Arabic 1, or the equivalent.) The essentials of standard Arabic, the idiom used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Syllabus

CAS LY 211: Modern Arabic 3 (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LY 112: Modern Arabic 2, or the equivalent.) Completes the process of presenting the basic structures of modern formal Arabic, concentrating on weak verb forms, more complicated sentence formation, and more sophisticated expression in speech and writing. Vocabulary expansion and better root-pattern identification skills are also stressed. Syllabus

CAS LY 212: Modern Arabic 4 (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LY 211: Modern Arabic 3, or the equivalent.) Completes the process of presenting the basic structures of modern formal Arabic, concentrating on weak verb forms, more complicated sentence formation, and more sophisticated expression in speech and writing. Vocabulary expansion and better root-pattern identification skills are also stressed. Syllabus

CAS LY 303: Modern Arabic 5 (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LY 212: Modern Arabic 4, or the equivalent.) Advanced reading, composition, grammar review, listening skills, and conversation in Modern Standard Arabic as well as major dialects such as the Cairine or the Gulf dialect. Syllabus

CAS LY 304: Modern Arabic 6 (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LY 303: Modern Arabic 5, or the equivalent.) Continuing advanced reading, advanced composition; grammar review, listening skills, and conversation in Modern Standard Arabic as well as major dialects such as the Cairine or the Gulf dialect. Syllabus

CAS LY 403: Advanced Arabic I (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LY 304: Third-Year Modern Arabic II, or the equivalent.) Advanced-level reading and discussion in Modern Standard Arabic of media reports, scholarly articles, modern literary texts, and excerpts from classical writings. Student compositions and presentations in Arabic on topics related to readings. Syllabus

CAS LY 404: Advanced Arabic II (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LY 403: Advanced Arabic I, or the equivalent.) Advanced conversation and composition course in conjunction with the study of famous literary and cinematographic works of the Arabic-speaking world.

CAS IP 405: Service Learning Placement (4)

Students will take part in their service learning placements four mornings a week for five weeks. A final analytical paper is a required element of the service learning placement and students will meet weekly with the supervising faculty member to discuss their project and final paper. An oral presentation in English with the use of some Arabic is also part of students’ service learning project. Placements may include such organizations as the Center for Abandoned Children, Association of Parents and Friends of Children with Cancer, Amnesty International, and the L’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc, among others. Syllabus

Program Details

Requirements
Program Dates
  • Summer Term: Late May to late July
Cost
Credit
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits.
Housing
  • All students are placed in Moroccan households in the medina, where they have their own room and take meals with their hosts.
Application Deadlines
  • Summer Term: March 1

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