Field trips form an important part of the summer Arabic program. Field trips within the Beirut area take place on Friday afternoons and are usually to places such as Downtown Beirut and the National Museum. Field trips outside Beirut take place on Saturdays and are usually to sites such as Baalbek, Byblos and the Cedars. Instructors accompany students on these field trips and guides are also available.
Trip to Downtown Beirut - Summer Arabic Program 2010
Students may join a variety of clubs which meet one afternoon a week. Clubs are conducted entirely in Arabic. Some of the clubs in recent summers have been as follows:
In the Calligraphy Club, students receive lessons in Arabic calligraphy from a professional calligrapher.
In the Journalism Club,students produce a newsletter in Arabic about their stay in Beirut and about the summer Arabic program, in which they do the research, the reporting, write the articles and take the pictures.
In the Dabke Club, students receive lessons in Dabke, a traditional Lebanese dance, from a professional Dabke instructor.
Lebanese Cuisine Club
In the Lebanese Cuisine Club, students learn how to prepare traditional Lebanese dishes such tabbouleh, hummus, baba ghannoush and many others.
In the Music Club, students are introduced to various forms of classical and modern Arabic music.
In the Poetry Club, are introduced to various forms of classical and modern Arabic poetry.
One afternoon every other week, students attend a lecture in Arabic. Lectures for students in the introductory levels of Arabic are designed to be simpler than those for students in advanced levels, which are more complex.
One afternoon every other week, students view a movie in Arabic. All the movies shown are in the Lebanese dialect.
Mosque in Downtown Beirut Old souk of Byblos