Introduction to Arabic Language
This course aims to teach students basic skills in colloquial Arabic, emphasizing the practical use of the language and encouraging interaction with locals in everyday life, on the streets, in taxis, during home stays, and at service projects. Students will have class three to four days per week, learning everyday vocabulary and colloquial grammar. In order to enhance the students' use of colloquial Arabic, MESP arranges weeklong homestays with Muslim and Christian Arab families. Ideally, each family has an English-speaking contact person of the same gender as the student, so that students can communicate their needs, ideas and feelings. The homestay is an essential step in learning to appreciate the nature of life in an Arab society.