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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Summer Intensive Arabic Program at Cornell

June 3-August 2, 2013


Students enroll in these two four-credit courses for a total of eight credits. This two-course sequence provides a thorough grounding in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Short stories, anecdotes, and dialogues reflecting real life experiences with an element of authenticity and humor are used to develop the listening and speaking skills. Reading and writing are developed through a "mini-course" in Arabic on Arab history, geography, and culture. The readings start with short phrases describing Arab countries, cities, and people, and end with page-long biographies of important Arab historical figures. Songs, Jeopardy-type games, crossword puzzles and other vocabulary-building activities that recycle the words of the listening, speaking, and reading materials are used to enhance the learning and retention of vocabulary and grammatical structures. There is no prerequisite for NES 1201. The prerequisite for NES 1202 is NES 1201 or one semester of Arabic.