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This is a guide intended to direct students, researchers, and enthusiasts on the path of independent study of the Arabic language.
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Places to Study Arabic in the United States

Before studying Arabic abroad, many students get familiar with the language by taking courses at their home institutions.

The following are some other popular places to study Arabic in the U.S.:


Myths and Facts About the Arabic Language

View this helpful introductory video produced by the European Union.


Things to Consider Before Studying Arabic

Before you start learning the language observe the following:


Determine what you can already do with the language. Jot down some simple "can do" statements like: I can greet a person in Arabic. I can count from one through ten in Arabic. I can identify a number of Arabic foods.


Learn something about the language. Who speaks it? Where? What languages are related to it? What its defining features and great debates? Other interesting facts.


Determine what you plan on doing with the language. This can be a guiding force as you pursue your studies. Is this for personal interest? Is this for travel, work, or to meet a school language requirement? What level of proficiency will satisfy you?


How to Use this Libguide

This libguide is organized by level of proficiency as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

In the top, left hand corner you will find the ACTFL description of the proficiency level.

In the top middle box gives a few suggested textbook options. This is not an exhaustive list.

Below the middle box you will find some examples of what that proficiency level entails.

Other boxes on the page will feature reference resources and special topics.


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