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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 delicious. Arabic 8 Arabic can get you to the pyramids in Egypt, Petra in Jordan, snorkeling in the Red Sea, the beaches and old markets of OPPORTUNITIES FOR Morocco. . . UTAH STUDENTS 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. strategic interests. to your school, please contact: The Utah State Office of Education 5 Middle Eastern history is full of hot topics. World Language Director Gregg Roberts 4 Gregg.Roberts@schools.utah.gov The Middle East/North Africa is an awesome place to visit, study, and live. or 3 Arabic is not nearly as difficult to learn as you might think, and it’s fun. National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC) 2 There are great jobs with the federal government, multinational corporations, NGOs, etc., for people who speak Arabic. 214 HRCB 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 E-mail: email@example.com and Area Studies Fellowships, Boren Scholarships, Flagship, etc.). National Middle East Language Resource Center Brigham Young University OTHER ARABIC–Learning 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.
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