Montana Arabic Summer Institute 2016
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Funded by a grant from the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Arabic Section at the University of Montana will offer a three-week intensive Arabic program for high school students. MASI 2016 will run from June 20th to July 8th. Below is brief information about MASI 2016, and more updates will be posted from time to time.
MASI 2016 will
- include 2 Levels:
- Level 1: No previous knowledge of Arabic
- Level 2: Former Level 1 students OR new students who have been introduced to Arabic while in high school
- be open to a total of 25 students (divided into the two levels)
- be taught by experienced instructors of Arabic who hold at least MA degrees
- start on June 20 to July 8 (from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
- provide lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 [A "Food Allergy" form will be filled out by students/guardians after students have been accepted.]
- cover the costs of instructional materials (i.e., textbooks and flash drives), registration fees (for students to receive 5 college credits), and T-shirts.
Applications are now accepted. Please use the navigation menu to fill out the "Student's" application and have your parent/guradian fill out the "Guardian's" form. These forms are required from all students. Recommendation letters and short essays are required from new students only; so, returning students do not need to submit essays or recommendation letters.
MASI 2016 is a non-residential program. Students who need housing during the program should have their parents/guaridans make arrangements for housing in Missoula.
The program will be team-taught by four experienced instructors:
- Ms. Amal AL-MISBAHI
- Dr. Khaled HUTHAILY
- Ms. Hannah PETERS
- Ms. Brendan WORK
In addition, there will be two experienced TAs who will work with students very closely on a daily basis:
- Miss Susannah CRAGWICK
- Mr. Royce MCCARTY
The program will invite two guest speakers and two dance instructors.
MASI is one of more than 100 STARTALK programs, which are administered by the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland. For the purpose of improving future STARTALK programs, NFLC gathers information about students and conducts surveys. In order for NFLC to be able to do so, consent forms are required:
Students Under 18 - Minor
Students who are 18 or above - Non-Minor
Students who will be under the age of 18 (on the first day of instruction, June 20th) need to have their parent(s)/guardian(s) fill out and sign the Consent Form. Students who will be 18 or above can fill out and sign the Consent Form on their own. Please bring the completed Consent Form with you on the first day of instruction. Consent Forms are required even from former MASI students. If you have any questions, please contact the program's director.
Where will we meet?
On the first day, i.e., June 20th, we will meet in the Liberal Arts (LA) building, room 308 at 9:00 am. If you are not familiar with the UM campus, here is a map.
What to bring on the first day?
MASI will provide students with instructional materials, including a binder, handouts, a textbook, a notebook, a pen/pencil, and a flash drive. Lunch will also be provided from 12 to 1. Please make sure you have filled out the "Food Allergies" form if have been accepted to the program. It could get hot in summer; so, we recommend brining water bottles.
If you have any questions, please contact the Head of the Arabic Section & Proejct Director, Dr. Huthaily at email@example.com.