Arabic Flagship Program
Arabic Flagship Program

Program Requirements

Students accepted into the AFP agree to meet the following terms and conditions:

  • Photo Requirement_Capstone_Meknes_VestMake consistent progress toward reaching Superior proficiency in Arabic
  • Earn a “B” or better in all Arabic language courses
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Complete the three-year Arabic language curriculum at UT (Intensive Arabic I – VI), followed by one year of Arabic content course studies
  • Enroll in at least one Arabic course each fall and spring semester
  • Participate in weekly meetings with an assigned AFP language partner
  • Complete all required proficiency tests and interviews
  • Complete an intensive summer Arabic program in the Middle East (optional, but strongly recommended)
  • Complete the Arabic Overseas Flagship Capstone year

Curriculum Description

Intensive Arabic I & II (First Year)

First Year Arabic takes students from Novice (no background) to Intermediate proficiency in Arabic in reading, writing, speaking, listening and cultural competence. The course emphasizes communicative skills in both standard and spoken Arabic, with careful attention to accurate and fluent listening, speaking, and writing. Special emphasis is placed on developing reading and listening strategies through the use of authentic materials from the outset. The link between language and culture is strengthened through the use of spoken idioms in a highly interactive classroom. Students should expect two hours of homework daily.

Intensive Arabic III & IV (Second Year)

Second Year Arabic guides students to Intermediate-High proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening and cultural competence. Acquiring communicative skills in both standard and colloquial remains a priority throughout the coursework. Special emphasis is placed on expanding learners’ vocabulary to enable comprehension of authentic materials. The course continues to develop the students’ reading and listening skills and deepen their understanding of Arab cultures, and it provides students with enhanced exposure to colloquial Arabic. Students should expect a minimum of two hours of homework daily.

Intensive Arabic V & VI (Third Year)

Third Year Arabic aims to develop language skills at the Advanced level of proficiency and prepare students for content-based courses offered beyond Third Year. The course uses exclusively authentic texts on a wide range of culturally important topics in Arab history, literature and thought. Students continue to expand their vocabulary and fluency in both standard and colloquial Arabic and work extensively on their reading and writing skills. Students should expect two to three hours of homework daily.

Content Courses

After completing Intensive Arabic I - VI, students are expected to take at least two content courses. These courses are subject courses taught entirely in Arabic, allowing you to apply your gained language skills within the context of a specific topic. Course subjects rotate each semester and students are able to choose a course based on their interest. Examples of courses offered are:

  • Issues in Contemporary Arab Societies
  • Readings in Islamic Texts
  • Lebanon: Formation and Transformation
  • Varieties and Registers of Arabic
  • Advanced Spoken Media Arabic
  • Arabic Voices: From Poetry to Rap
  • Sci-Fi and Utopia in Arab Culture

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  • The Arabic Flagship Program

    Department of Middle Eastern Studies
    204 W 21st Street
    F9400, CAL 528
    Austin, Texas 78712
    (512) 471-1724

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