Montana Arabic Summer Institute

June 20 to July 15, 2011




The University of Montana has received its fourth STARTALK grant to host the Montana Arabic Summer Institute (MASI) for high school students. MASI 2011 will have two levels:

  • Level 1: for new students with no previous knowledge of Arabic, and
  • Level 2: for students who studied Arabic before.

Students will develop Arabic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and cultural knowledge in a fun and academic environment. Students of the seven high schools in Missoula and the around rural area may apply: Hellgate High School, Big Sky High School, Sentinel High School, Loyola High School, Stevensville High School, Valley Christian High School, and Frenchtown High School.

Seats are limited: Level 1 (24 students), and Level 2 (12 students). The project will cover tution fees, instructional materials, and transportation for field trips. Students will receive 5 college credits. A $100 and a T-shirt will be awarded to each student who successfully completes the program.

MASI 2011 will run for five days a week (Monday to Friday) for four hours a day, from June 20th to July 15th. The graduation ceremony will be on July 22nd.

The courses will be taught by UM's Arabic faculty members: Professor Samir Bitar and Dr. Khaled Huthaily, and by the Missoula County Public Schools' Arabic instructor, Dr. Fadi Elhin.