Study Arabic as a Second Language Essays

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The Middle Eastern Studies department in the University of Texas at Austin teaches many languages which are spoken in Middle East like Turkish, Hebrew, and Urdu, but Arabic is the largest program. Arabic study programs are funded by the government and attached to many schools in the Middle East such as in Egypt and Jordan. It offers bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees as well as professional certifications, yet the unique PhD program offered is to teach Arabic for non-native speakers. In this department, Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi published the textbook "Al-kitaab", which is used "nationally and internationally" for teaching Arabic. In one of the top five teaching Arabic program in the nation, as an Arabic …show more content…
The Middle Eastern Studies department in the University of Texas at Austin teaches many languages which are spoken in Middle East like Turkish, Hebrew, and Urdu, but Arabic is the largest program. Arabic study programs are funded by the government and attached to many schools in the Middle East such as in Egypt and Jordan. It offers bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees as well as professional certifications, yet the unique PhD program offered is to teach Arabic for non-native speakers. In this department, Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi published the textbook "Al-kitaab", which is used "nationally and internationally" for teaching Arabic. In one of the top five teaching Arabic program in the nation, as an Arabic speaker and English learner, I meet Brian and Jim, who are undergraduate American students, at the Union Building at least once a week to exchange language and discover more about other's culture. I found that the improvement of their Arabic skills is remarkable. As a result, I decided to have an interview with them and asked them about their experience.
In the beginning of the interview, Brian explained why he studies Arabic by telling his experience in the Middle East in the US military. He found the aspects of Arabic are entirely different from other languages he knew, for example, English and German. The language and the culture are inseparable, and it is difficult to learn Arabic without understanding the culture; therefore, he decided to
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