The most intense and beneficial exposure to the Arabic language and culture is experienced by the students taking part in the Applied Arabic course which is led by Dr Huda Al-Tamimi, the convenor of the CAIS Arabic program. This course is a six-week intensive program held in a Middle East country every Australian summer. The students benefit greatly by both the intensive lessons and the cultural experience of living in the Middle East.
The routine of daily life with the activities of meeting people, shopping, attending events and travelling are all opportunities for exposure to the language and culture.
CAIS Arabic students and staff celebrated UN World Arabic Day in December. Pictured below are the Arabic students - many of whom were able to demonstrate their skills in Arabic on the day. The group is pictured below with Leila Kouatly and France Meyer.
This summer CAIS is offering a short course in Elementary Arabic for those who wish to try their skills at a new language.
The course is open to both ANU students and the public and is pitched at a level suitable for beginners. The course covers the Arabic script and basic grammar rules.
It is designed to develop the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing by the use of oral and written drills, supported by audio-visual material.