Why Study Arabic?
10 Writing your friends’ names in Arabic
script makes a really good impression, and
learning the script is easy!
9 Middle Eastern/North African food is
8 Arabic can get you to the pyramids in
Egypt, Petra in Jordan, snorkeling in the
Red Sea, the beaches and old markets of
Morocco. . .
7 The world is flat. American graduates
need to equip themselves for the global
economy with skills such as world For more information
language fluency. about adding Arabic
6 Arab countries are important for U.S.
to your school, please contact:
The Utah State Office of Education
5 Middle Eastern history is full of hot topics. World Language Director
The Middle East/North Africa is an
awesome place to visit, study, and live.
3 Arabic is not nearly as difficult to learn as
you might think, and it’s fun. National Middle East Language Resource Center
2 There are great jobs with the federal
government, multinational corporations,
NGOs, etc., for people who speak Arabic.
Brigham Young University,
Provo, Utah 84602
1 There are scholarships available for
study—domestic and abroad—for those
who do well in Arabic (Foreign Language
Phone: (801) 422-7192
FAX: (801) 422-0382
and Area Studies Fellowships, Boren
Scholarships, Flagship, etc.).
National Middle East
Language Resource Center
Brigham Young University
How We Help Opportunities UTAH SUCCESS STORIES
BYU’s National Middle East Language STARTALK Summer Arabic Camp Thanks to Governor Huntsman’s efforts to
Resource Center coordinates efforts aimed at BYU’s National Middle East Language Resource increase the number of schools offering critical
increasing and improving opportunities for Center offers a summer Arabic-language camp languages, nearly two hundred students are
learning the languages of the Middle East. for high school students, as well as several currently studying Arabic in Utah middle and
The center undertakes and supports projects professional development opportunities for high schools. They are an investment in a better
in areas such as teacher training, materials prospective and current K–12 Arabic teachers. tomorrow. Studying Arabic has already opened
development, testing and assessment, The camp is held at Brigham Young University doors for some of them to receive funding to
integration of pedagogy and technology, study and grants students BYU credit for Arabic 101. study in the Arab world. Last summer four Provo
abroad, and K–12 programs. In addition to academics, students experience High students studied Arabic in Jerusalem, and
various aspects of Arab culture in an appropriate one Ephraim student from the 2007 BYU Arabic
STARTALK camp studied in Jordan.
Utah Schools blend of English and Arabic through films,
games, cooking lessons, and visits to restaurants.
Offering Arabic Most of the costs are covered through A high school senior from Orem, Isaac Earl,
Salt Lake City School District scholarships offered to students accepted into enrolled in the 2007 STARTALK camp and
West High the program. continued his studies during the academic year
East High For more information, visit the web site at with Arabic Without Walls (a distance learning
http://nmelrc.byu.edu/startalk. program). During summer 2008, Earl studied in
Alpine School District Cairo with U.S. Department of State funding. As a
Lone Peak High result of a lot of hard work and favorable learning
Provo School District
National Security Language conditions, both here and abroad (including a
Provo High Initiative for Youth great homestay experience), he returned with
The U.S. Department of State through the significant proficiency in Arabic and is funded
Nebo School District National Security Language Initiative for
Salem Hills High to study in Jordan during summer 2009. Earl is
Youth (NSLI for Youth) provides merit-based scheduled to begin classes in BYU’s Middle East
Charter Schools scholarships for eligible high school students Studies/Arabic major at a fluency level usually
Academy of Art, Science and Engineering, to learn less-commonly-taught languages in reached only by graduating college seniors.
Cottonwood summer, semester, and academic-year overseas
Renaissance Academy, Lehi immersion programs.
Walden Academy, Provo For more information, visit the web site at
Merit Academy, Springville http://www.nsliforyouth.org.