14 November 2009

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Dear students some of you wrote to me about Arabic without Walls, that you can not access it. I thing it is the time to write to NMELRC .see contact below.


Arabic Without Walls
With so much misunderstanding in the world, we desperately need to expand Arabic language-learning opportunities. Interest in learning Arabic has greatly increased in recent years. Although many schools, colleges, and universities have added Arabic to their curriculum, most American students do not have access to study this important world language.The U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education has awarded the University of California Consortium on Language Learning & Teaching and the National Middle East Language Resource Center a grant to develop Arabic Without Walls, an innovative distance-learning program that will allow anyone, ranging from high school students to senior citizens, to study Arabic - no matter where they live.A team of highly respected curriculum developers and experts designed Arabic Without Walls to take advantage of the latest technology, while simultaneously ensuring the critical human contact that is essential for successful language learning. In order to provide a rich learning environment that exposes learners to the depth and breadth of Arab culture, we are collecting authentic materials and engaging interviews. These interviews introduce learners to a sample of real Arabs from various regional, educational, professional, and religious backgrounds.Arabic Without Walls is based on the widely-used textbook Al-Kitaab fii Ta`alum al-Arabiyya (Brustad et al., 2nd ed., Georgetown University Press, 2004). The content and scenarios of the interviews parallel the content of the lessons in Al-Kitaab and will be used as the basis for online learning activities that help students acquire real facility in using Arabic. Our experience shows that learners respond very positively to natural and authentic materials.

Arabic Without Walls is a not a publicly
accessible resource. More details on how to become involved will be posted soon

Please contact the NMELRC
National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC)
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NMELRC DirectorsDr. R. Kirk Belnap - Director Brigham Young Universitybelnap@byu.eduPhone: (801) 422-6531 / FAX: (801) 422-0382

Dr. Maggie Nassif - Administrative DirectorBrigham Young Universitymnnassif@byu.eduPhone: (801) 422-7192 / FAX: (801) 422-0382

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal - Associate Director for Teacher DevelopmentUniversity of Texas-Austinalbatal@austin.utexas.eduBiography

Dr. Shmuel Bolozky - Associate Director for Infrastructure BuildingUniversity of Massachusetts-Amherstshmuel.bolozky@judnea.umass.eduBiography

Dr. Erika H. Gilson - Associate Director for AssessmentPrinceton Universityehgilson@princeton.eduBiography

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