Next offered in Summer 2022! 

Earn up 8 U.S. credits over 6 weeks with the SINARC (Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture) Program at Lebanese American University. SINARC offers five levels of intensive language and culture courses in Modern Standard Arabic, plus a Lebanese Dialect course at the beginner, intermediate or advanced level. 

Formal language instruction is enriched by immersion in an authentic cultural context. Cultural activities include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture, as well as excursions to historic, touristic and cultural sites in Beirut and throughout Lebanon. 

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Course Description

Students will enroll in one Intensive Arabic course (6 U.S. credits), complimented by a Lebanese Dialect course (2 U.S. credits).

Enrollment permitting, students with intermediate to advanced level proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic may alternatively choose to enroll in an 8 U.S. credit Intensive Lebanese Dialect course. 

Course Descriptions:

SIN 101 - Elementary Arabic (6 credits)

This elementary course is designed for students who have no knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. It offers a unique opportunity for descendants of Arabic- speakers to revive their lost language and cultural ties with their ancestors’ land. The course is open to the general public, students of Middle Eastern studies, business people, embassy officials and children of foreign nationals stationed in the Middle East. In this course, Arabic language instruction aims for basic proficiency in the four language skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. By the end of the course, students are able to handle many daily life situations, such as identifying the self and others, naming familiar objects and people, telling time, asking for directions, describing places of residence and national origins, ordering food and drink.

Students registering for Elementary Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I 

SIN 111 - Upper Elementary Arabic (6 credits)

Students must have completed approximately one semester of Arabic (or the equivalent) to be able to join this class. They must have the ability to read and write using Arabic script, have a limited working vocabulary and a basic understanding of sentence structure and other basic grammatical concepts. This course is a continuation of Elementary Arabic and expands on all four skills of language learning; reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Students registering for Upper Elementary Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 201 - Intermediate Arabic I (6 credits)

Students placed in the Intermediate level should have taken at least one year of Arabic in college (or the equivalent) and have acquired a basic knowledge of the structure of modern standard Arabic. This course aims at enabling students to read, write, speak and listen at a competency level equivalent to intermediate-mid on the ACTFL scale. Classroom instruction focuses on basic Arabic morphology, syntax and vocabulary building, as well as on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Students are asked to comment on most daily life situations, write descriptions and argumentation and read a variety of styles.

Students registering for Intermediate Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 202 - Intermediate Arabic II (6 credits)

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Arabic I and expands on students’ acquisition of vocabulary and grammar skills. At the end of this course, students will be able to read longer authentic Arabic texts with greater ease. They will be able to write short essays and give short presentations.

Students registering for Intermediate Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I or Level II.

SIN 301 - Advanced Arabic (6 credits)

Students placed in the advanced level should have completed the equivalent of two or more years of Arabic in college. They will have acquired a broad vocabulary and mastered basic Arabic syntax and morphology. Class sessions aim to help students attain proficiency in expository and argumentative discourse and to handle a variety of communicative tasks. Reading, writing, and listening activities address various styles of texts covering areas of literature, culture, history, and the social sciences.

Students registering for Advanced Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I, Level II or Level III.

SIN 302 - Advanced Arabic II (6 credits)

Students placed in the advanced level should have completed the equivalent of two or more years of Arabic in college. They have acquired a broad vocabulary and have mastered basic Arabic syntax and morphology. Class sessions aim to help students attain proficiency in expository and argumentative discourse and to handle a variety of communicative tasks. Reading, writing and listening activities address various styles of language texts covering areas in literature, culture, history, and the social sciences.

Students registering for Advanced Arabic must also register for Lebanese Dialect, Level I, Level II or Level III.

SIN 105 - Lebanese Dialect, Level I (2 credits)

Students placed in this level have no previous knowledge of the dialect. The aim of this course is to provide students of Modern Standard Arabic with an opportunity to learn the basics of the Lebanese dialect. Students in this level will learn to communicate with native speakers in various daily situations.

SIN 106 - Lebanese Dialect, Level II (2 credits)

This course is designed for students who have had some exposure to the Lebanese dialect. The classes will enable students to practice their speaking skills and improve their pronunciation and fluency. Students will converse on topics using description, narration and argumentation.

SIN 107 - Lebanese Dialect, Level III (2 credits)

The class is designed to help Students Bridge between their knowledge of the Modern Standard Arabic and the Lebanese dialect through various means of interpretations of newspaper articles and current issues as presented through the many media mediums available in Lebanon and the Middle East.

SIN 211 - Intensive Lebanese Dialect (8 credits) 

Enrollment permitting, students in the SINARC program can choose to enroll in an eight-credit course in the Lebanese dialect. The intensive Lebanese Dialect course is designed for students who have attained intermediate to advanced level proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. Students are regularly given practice assignments that involve using the dialect outside the classroom throughout Lebanon. Course requires sufficient enrollment.

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Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    Near and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    Arabic Language and Literature

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to submit SINARC's internal application following their ISEP acceptance. 

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