Applications are available now for the “Launch into Arabic Learning and Teaching Program 2014” Summer Immersion Program jointly sponsored and coordinated by Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and the United States Naval Academy (USNA). Student applications are due May 9.
Local rising 11th and 12th graders (who are 16 years old by the start of the program), recent high school graduates and students enrolled at Anne Arundel Community (ages 16-25) are invited to apply to participate. Students must obtain a high school or college teacher’s nomination as part of the application process and they must be willing to abide by a dress code.
This free, four-week semi-immersion Arabic language and cultural learning experience will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 23 through Friday, July 18, 2014, at the USNA. Each student in the program will receive individualized and group instruction in the Arabic language via a standards-based curriculum taught by qualified instructors and supplemented by invited guest speakers, video presentations and field trips. Participants are expected to develop and expand their Arabic language comprehension, Arabic speaking, reading and writing abilities and their understanding of Arabic cultural practice.
An evening orientation session in early June is required for those accepted into the program. After successful completion of ASIP, USNA midshipmen may continue their study of Arabic within the academy’s Languages and Cultures Department course offerings. High school and AACC college participants may enter AACC’s “Pathways to Proficiency” beginning Arabic continuing education certificate program or AACC’s three credit classes in elementary Arabic. The “Pathways to Proficiency” is a four-course, sequenced noncredit certificate program in beginning and intermediate Arabic open to students age 16 and up.
This program, pending final approvals and awaiting final notification of funding, is made possible through a STARTALK language learning program grant. The STARTALK program was established by President George W. Bush in 2006 as a component of the National Security Language Initiative to expand numbers of Americans able to speak, read and write in critical languages.
For additional information on the AACC-USNA intensive summer program, visit www.aacc.edu/worldlanguage. To receive an application, contact 410-777-2901 or Janet Paulovich, director of English language learning and adult education, [email protected].