Rabat Intensive Arabic Language Program
Location: Rabat, Morocco
Dates: May – July 2015
The Rabat Intensive Arabic Language Program offers a full year’s worth of intensive Arabic language study and an immersion introduction to Moroccan and North African culture. Students will be studying Fus’ha (Modern Standard Arabic) at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL), a private cultural institution founded and directed by Moroccan academics with many years of experience in cross-cultural education. This program will give students a unique immersion in the life and society of this fascinating language, city, country, and region. All students are placed in Moroccan households in the medina (old city), where they have their own room and take meals with their hosts.
Please note that because language proficiency is central to Project GO, our scholarships do not support enrollment in the Service Learning Program in Rabat (which includes just one semester’s worth of Arabic). By participating instead in the Intensive Arabic Language Program, Project GO-BU awardees complete a full year’s worth of Arabic in Rabat (8 units).
Program Info: Rabat Intensive Arabic Language Program (Summer)
Why study Arabic?
Arabic, the fifth most widely spoken language, is a major world language with over 280 million native speakers and 250 million nonnative speakers. It is mostly spoken in the Middle East and North Africa, a region of enormous strategic and economic importance. Arabic is the largest member of the Semitic language family. As the language of the Qur’an, Arabic is a crucial language for Muslims all over the world and is essential to their religious practice.
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is essentially a modern version of Classical Arabic. It is a universal form of Arabic learned in schools across the Arab world and is used for all formal written as well as spoken communication, such as in radio and TV newscast, newspapers, magazines, documents, books, political speeches, lectures, mosques, etc. In addition, MSA is used in some Muslim countries mostly for religious purposes. Colloquial Arabic, on the other hand, is acquired as a native language and is used in all informal spoken communication among family members, friends, and acquaintances. Colloquial Arabic differs according to region and has many varieties.
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