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Middle Eastern Languages

  • Beginning to Advanced Levels
  • Grounded in Cultural Contexts
  • Provides an Immersive Learning Experience

With the ever-increasing importance of the Middle East in business and international affairs, Arabic and Persian are valuable languages to master. These courses allow you to establish, enhance, or perfect your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Expand your understanding of dialect, grammar, intonations, and word usage while improving idiomatic and grammatical conversational abilities.

Advanced Reading and Writing in Persian

Improve your reading comprehension, advance your writing ability, and enhance your speaking and listening skills in Persian.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Arabic: Modern Standard I

Begin learning Arabic in this introductory course, which is designed so that linguistic and cultural aspects are taught in tandem.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Arabic: Modern Standard II

This course focuses on all four core Arabic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), taught within a cultural context.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Arabic: Modern Standard III

This dynamic and interactive course takes the Arabic language off the page through lively classroom practice in cultural contexts.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Arabic: Modern Standard IV

Continue to expand the range of your lexical and grammatical skills while advancing your core skills, as well as your pronunciation.

2019 Spring
1 section

Persian I

In this introductory class, study the Persian alphabet and sound system, and learn how to read and write individual words.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Persian V

Engage with a variety of materials (videos, audio files, articles) in Persian and become more familiar with Persian social terms and pleasantries.

2019 Spring
1 section

Persian IV

Deepen your knowledge of Persian grammatical structures such as subjunctive, passive, and conditional, while practicing more complex sentences.

2018 Fall
1 section

Persian II

Continue studying Persian in this class that covers most of the grammar and verb tense structures needed for everyday conversation.

+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Persian III

Continue to master Persian pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary in a cultural context.

1 section

Persian Intermediate Conversation

Improve your speaking, listening, and reading skills in Persian through the use of intermediate language exercises, role-playing, audio, and video.

1 section

Conversational Arabic

If you have had some prior exposure to the Arabic language, then this high-beginner-level course will help you to build upon that knowledge.

Persian Reading and Writing for Heritage Speakers: Beginner

If you understand and speak Farsi but don’t have reading or writing skills, take this course to round out your overall Farsi proficiency.