The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Middle Studies (CAMES) at the American University of Beirut offers two separate intensive Arabic programs each summer:
1. A seven-week program in Arabic Language and Culture
designed for students interested in developing overall proficiency in Arabic in both its Standard and Lebanese varieties. The program provides integrated instruction in classes in both Standard and Lebanese Arabic (based on the tasks and contexts involved). Emphasis is placed on the development of the various skills within a communicative, proficiency-based framework and special attention is given the development of intercultural competence in Arabic.The program provides instruction at different levels of proficiency: Introductory, High Introductory, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced, and Superior. Students receive 9 credit hours for this program which can be transferred to their home institutions.
2. A seven-week program in Lebanese Arabic
that offers intensive instruction at two levels: Introductory and Intermediate. The program is designed for those students who want to devote their attention to the development of proficiency in Lebanese Arabic and thus places heavy emphasis on the speaking and listening skills and on building intercultural competence. The Introductory Lebanese Arabic class is designed for students with no previous exposure to Arabic while the Intermediate Lebanese Arabic class has a prerequisite of one year of prior study of Arabic. The Lebanese Arabic program offers students 9 credit hours which can be transferred to their home institutions.
Both of these CAMES programs are highly demanding, so students are expected to be totally committed and ready to attend classes and do homework on a daily basis. The typical daily workload in both these programs entails 6 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of homework.