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Arabic: Summer Intensive Arabic Level 2

Program(s): Sli Precollege, Sli Undergrad

*Taught Online*  Summer Intensive Arabic Level 2 is an 8-week course designed for students who have completed the equivalent of Alif Baa' and al-Kitaab Part One (a Novice-High proficiency level). This 4-skills course (reading, writing, speaking, listening) will use al-Kitaab Part 2 (3rd edition), supplemented by authentic materials both to learn language and to experience the culture. .The desired proficiency at the end of the course is Intermediate-Mid to Intermediate High. Students will spend 4-5 hours per day practicing using Arabic in classroom activities with their classmates and should plan on studying an additional 3-4 hours most afternoons and evenings. Cultural proficiency is an integral part of the language instruction, and both the textbook as well as class activities involving guest speakers, poems, proverbs, cultural objects, songs, social media posts and films will aid such proficiency.

The class will help students develop their ability to initiate and sustain discussion on topics of general interest and to present information and simple narratives in Modern Standard Arabic; to understand a wide range of written genres in Arabic, including formal writing, journalistic texts, and less formal styles; to write and speak with increasing accuracy and fluency; and to carry out basic research with non-technical texts.

Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course


Course Considerations

Novice High level minimum, which is the equivalent of one year of Arabic. Placement test may be required. This course provides 200 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for Summer Arabic Level 2.  All students participating Summer Intensive Arabic will participate in a four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course.  Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

11th Grade
12th Grade
Undergrad / Grad


Pre-College Summer Language Institute
Summer Language Institute (Undergrad)

Start Date

June 12

End Date

August 04

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Osama abu Eledam

Academic Interest


Class Specifics

Course Code

ARAB 20123 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)


3:30 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

8 weeks