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Intensive Summer Arabic Class Through AACC

May 9, 2012

Applications are available now for the 2012 “Launch Into Arabic” Summer Immersion Program (ASIP) jointly sponsored and coordinated by Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and the United States Naval Academy (USNA).

This program is made possible through a STARTALK language learning program grant awarded to the co-sponsors. The STARTALK program was established by President Bush in 2006 as a component of the National Security Language Initiative to expand numbers of Americans able to speak, read and write in critical languages.

Applications are due by May 31.

Dates of this free, four-week semi-immersion Arabic language and cultural learning experience are Monday, June 25 through Friday, July 20, with the all-day sessions (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) meeting at the USNA. Each student in the program will receive individualized and group instruction in the Arabic language via a standards-based curriculum taught by qualified instructors and supplemented by invited guest speakers, video presentations, and field trips to locations within a reasonable driving distance to the USNA and appropriate to the ASIP. Participants are expected to develop and expand their Arabic language comprehension, Arabic speaking, reading and writing abilities and their understanding of Arabic cultural practice. 

Local rising 11th and 12th graders (sophomores and juniors during the 2011-2012 school year), recent high school graduates and AACC students are invited to apply to participate. Students must obtain a high school or college teacher’s nomination as part of the application process and they must be willing to abide by a dress code.

Those high school students accepted into the program are expected to attend an evening orientation session in early June to familiarize themselves and their parents with the program details.  AACC students will also be expected to attend the evening orientation session. 

After successful completion of ASIP, USNA midshipmen may continue their study of Arabic within the academy’s Languages and Cultures Department course offerings.  High school and AACC college participants may enter the college’s “Pathways to Proficiency” beginning Arabic continuing education certificate program or AACC’s three credit classes in elementary Arabic. The college offers an intensive, “Pathways to Proficiency” four-course, sequenced noncredit certificate program in beginning and intermediate Arabic, which is open to students age 16 and up.

For additional information on the AACC-USNA intensive summer program, or to receive an application, contact Janet Paulovich, AACC director of English language learning and adult education, at 410-777-2901 or