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Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)

Dear visitors and prospective students:

أهلاً و سهلاً و مرحباً بكم

We would like to welcome you to the American University of Beirut CAMES Arabic summer program pages and invite you to browse and learn about the exciting programs we plan to offer in summer 2018.

The CAMES Arabic summer program aims to provide students with opportunities to learn Arabic within an intensive setting and immerse themselves in the culture. The program's many features include:

  • A rich, diverse language and culture learning environment in the city of Beirut, one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in the Arab world
  • A proficiency-based curriculum that emphasizes all skills and integrates the different varieties of Arabic based on communicative tasks, goals, and contexts
  • A learner-centered environment in which learners are considered as partners who take responsibility for their own learning
  • A dynamic and experienced instructional team that includes teachers from AUB and abroad who are trained in the latest theories and practices  of language pedagogy
  • A rich extracurricular program that features lectures, films, trips, and volunteer activities in some of Beirut's NGO's
  • Learning support outside the classroom via the tutors and conversation partners who help cater to the individual needs of students in the program
  • Administrative support and counseling to help participants get the most out of their learning experience at AUB and their cultural immersion in Lebanon

When we welcome guests in Arabic, we say البيت بيتك and it is our hope that you will consider coming to our home at AUB to experience Arabic language and culture in its Lebanese flavor. This will be my first year as program director and I have set it as my goal to make the summer 2018 experience in Lebanon a most memorable one for each and every program participant.  

I look forward to welcoming you in our program in the near future إن شاء الله. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

مع تمنياتنا بالتوفيق

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal

Director of the Summer 2018 CAMES Arabic Program

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