In response to growing demand, the Department of Modern Cultures and Languages has added a three-course sequence in Arabic starting September 2016. In addition to learning the core structural elements of the language, students will broaden their awareness of the history, geography, fine arts, literature, and daily lives of Arabic-speaking peoples. With more than 295 million speakers, Arabic is the fifth most widely-spoken language in the world.
“The three-course sequence takes students up to the intermediate level,” said Professor Victor Reinking, chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. “Throughout, they hone their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and gain understanding of the rich heritage of Arabic-speaking cultures.”
Reinking noted that Arabic is the language most requested by students among major languages not currently offered at SU. Professor Amina Moujtahid, a native speaker of both Arabic and French who currently teaches French in the department, will teach all three courses. Moujtahid, who received her Master’s in Comparative Literature, French/Arabic, from Mohammed V University in Morocco, has more than 16 years of experience teaching and translating Arabic.