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Our Program Today ‫برنامجنا اليوم‬ The Official Newsletter of the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Maryland


Arabic Flagship Program of University of Maryland Official Newletter

‫برنامجنا اليوم‬ Fall 2012, Issue #1 Arabic Flagship Staff Director Valerie Anishchenkova Associate Director Peter Glanville Arabic Faculty Members Alaa Elgibali Sayed Elsisi Luft Alkebsi Zein El-Amine Dina El-Hefnawy Soulaiman Jendi Sahar Masri Jendi Director of Special Programs Chelsea Sypher

Letter from the Editors Dear Students, Parents, and Sponsors, Another exciting semester has flown by here at the University of Maryland & the Arabic Flagship Program is still going strong! We welcomed six new members this fall and we are looking forward to more applicants in the spring. An exciting range of clubs - Presentation Skills, Calligraphy, and Headline News - engaged not only Flagship members but also other students in the department throughout the semester. Students completed a practice proficiency test which included an official OPI exam - and most students scored even better than we had expected! Additionally, members of our program have begun applying to study abroad through Flagship-sponsored programs in Morocco and Egypt. Our various interns have represented the program at events such as the Study Abroad Fair and planned fun activities like a cultural celebration. As you can see, we’ve established a biannual newsletter that we hope to get more members involved in in future semesters! As always, we thank you for your support and we wish the students luck in their studies! Salaam (Peace),

Program Coordinator

Caitlin Eaves Program Assistant

Sarah Brown ’14 AFP Media Intern

Cat Tappert ‘14 AFP Media Intern

Amir Tarshizi Fall 2012 Interns Sarah Brown Lianne Berne Catherine Tappert Carrie Hildebrandt

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Another exciting semester has flown by here at the University of Maryland & the Arabic or CatProgram Tappert (catherine.tappert92@gmail.com) Flagship is still going strong! We welcomed six new members this fall and we are for more information! looking forward to more applicants in the spring. An exciting range of clubs - Presentation Skills, Calligraphy, and Headline News - engaged not only Flagship members but also other students Contact Sarah Brown (sarahbrownie@comcast.net)

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Hello. (informal) ‫مرحبا‬ marHaban Hello. (informal) ‫اهال‬ Ahlan Welcome. (formal) ‫اهال وسهال‬ ahlan wa sahlan Peace be upon you. (formal) ‫السالم عليكم‬ as-salāmu `alaykum Good morning. ‫صباح الخير‬ sabāH el-khair

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Good evening. ‫مساء الخير‬ masā' el-khair

January 30, 2013 – Study Abroad Fair

Goodbye. ‫مع السالمة‬ ma`a as-salāma

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February 5, 2013 - Welcome Back Celebration Dialect Hour will begin next semester.

See you all next semester!!


Update from Egypt

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Ahlan everyone! This is Maryam and Saffiya, we wanted to drop you all a line from Alexandria, Egypt where we are currently completing our Arabic Flagship Capstone year abroad at Alexandria University. In our Mediterranean, port city of Alexandria, we continue to explore the rapidly changing culture of post-revolutionary Egypt, where we pay witness to Egypt’s ascent from political oppression to a new era of political engagement and social change that breaches the walls of universities and government buildings, and quite literally, pours out into the streets. We live our lives here in this new energized atmosphere, forging meaningful friendships that open the doors for cross-cultural dialogue and exchange. So, on our way to learning Arabic while abroad, we also happened to stumble upon a new city, new friends and new experiences that make Alexandria our home away from home.

Ahlan wa Sahlan. Welcome to the Arabic Flagship Program Newsletter, designed by students to provide an inside look into Arabic at UMD and the Arabic Flagship Program, and to showcase student talent.

Ahlan everyone! This is Maryam and Saffiya, we wanted to drop you all a line from Alexandria, Egypt where we are currently completing our Arabic Flagship Capstone year abroad at Alexandria University. In our Mediterranean, port city of Alexandria, we continue to explore the rapidly Ustaaz Zein was born and raised in Lebanon, but changing culture of post-revolutionary Egypt, where we pay witness to he finished his secondary education and attended Egypt’s ascent the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi from political oppression to a new era of Arabia. He moved to the United States as an political engagement and social change that breaches the walls of engineer before turning his attention to writing universities and government buildings, and quite literally, MFA in Poetry at UMD. During pours out into the streets. We and livecompleting our livesa here in this new energized this time, he was also the Assistant Director of the atmosphere, forging meaningful friendships that open Writer’s House. the doors for cross-cultural dialogue and Ustaaz Zein El Amine exchange. So, on our way to learning Now, Ustaaz Zein acts as advisor for the 100+ Arabic while abroad, we also happened to Arabic majors in addition to teaching ARAB304 stumble upon a new city, new friends and (Advanced MSA) and a content course on Office Hours, Spring 2013 new experiences that make Alexandria Lebanonour that will debut in the spring. He is happy & Thursday homeTuesday away from home. to be a member of this department because of the

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sense of community and he recommends that Arabic students take advantage of different types (Additional times to is come!) Ahlan everyone! This Maryam of and Saffiya, we wanted to drop all a line multimedia in order to learn the you language.

We are excited to be entering our fourth year as one of only five Arabic Flagship Programs in the US. Our program offers talented students in any major an unprecedented opportunity to reach professional level Arabic while pursuing the major(s) of their choice. Through intensive study at UMD, at our Summer Institute, and at our overseas sites in Egypt and Morocco, our students master Arabic and develop cultural competence in an area critical to our nation’s security. At graduation, our students are given meaningful career opportunities in education, federal service, non-profit, and the business world, and are highly sought after for both the rarity of their skills, and also their leadership and unique perspectives. This past two years has seen positive changes and growth in our program. We now focus on the integration of dialect and Modern Standard Arabic from day one, and students benefit from classes, workshops and language partners who expose them to Egyptian, Levantine, Moroccan and Iraqi dialects. We are offering more content courses than ever before that are taught entirely in Arabic, and have added cultural clubs, events, and internships to challenge our students and give them the chance to learn leadership and gain work experience. Finally, Summer 2012 saw the launch of our Intensive Arabic Summer Institute, where students can complete an entire year of Arabic in just one summer. The Summer program was a great success, attracting both our own Maryland students, graduate and undergraduate students from a host of prominent institutions, military and government personnel, and working professionals from the greater DC area. As a result of the changes we have made, we are proud to be one of the only Arabic programs in the country to be consistently producing Advanced undergraduate speakers of Arabic. This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our students and our faculty. They, along with our dedicated staff, and the strong support we receive from the SLLC and ARHU, have made our program stronger and are directly responsible for the major position we now occupy in the field of Arabic language teaching. Thank you – I am honored to be working with you.

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from Alexandria, Egypt where we are currently completing our Arabic Welcome Ustaaz Zein! Flagship Capstone year abroad at Alexandria University. In our Mediterranean, port city of Alexandria, we continue to explore the rapidly changing culture of post-revolutionary Egypt, where we pay witness to

Chelsea Sypher, Director of Special Programs School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


UMD Summer Language Institute

By AFP Summer Institute Intern, Lianne Berne When I first signed up for Maryland’s Arabic Summer Institute last Spring, I had no idea what to expect. What I did know is that I wanted to graduate on time, and this was the first time that Maryland was offering a program to let me take an entire year’s worth of Arabic classes over one summer. 3 Last year’s Summer Institute turned out to be one of the most beneficial experiences I’ve had in my Arabic education. The workload was demanding, but it also created an immersive environment where the only thing I ever needed to focus on was simply learning the language, whether that was through grammar exercises, reading short stories, or chatting with my language partner. By the end of the summer, I was far more confident in all of my language skills, and my test scores in the fall improved dramatically. Because of my own experience last summer, I’m excited to be working to set up this year’s Arabic and Persian Summer Institutes at UMD. Following a similar structure as last year, this summer’s students will have the chance to take core language classes, watch and discuss films, and learn about different cultures and current events in the Arab world. We know this summer will be just as successful as the first! Join us!

This year’s Summer Institute is comprised of two sessions: Session One: June 2 to July 3 / Session Two: July 8 to August 5

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More information can be found on our website http://sllc.umd.edu/specialprograms/summerinstitute/arabic


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