The Arabic House is where Arabic students can live to improve their language skills. Living at the house entails signing a language pledge similar to that of Middlebury’s summer Language Schools. This pledge obliges the student to speak only Arabic while in the house. Residents regularly host events like meals and cultural activities.
Arabic Language Tables
The Arabic language table is in the Proctor Redfield Lounge of Proctor Dining Hall. Language tables are a great opportunity to increase language skills over a delicious lunch. Students of all skill levels will benefit greatly from sharing a meal and conversing with the department faculty, Arabic teaching assistant, and other Arabic speakers in this restaurant-style environment. Upper-level Arabic students act as waiters, paying their skills forward, while allowing students at the table to practice their culinary vocabularies. Students at the table have the unique opprotunity to hear stories from students who have studied abroad at the schools in Rabat, Morocco, and Amman, Jordan.
Student Advisory Council
The current Student Advisory Council (SAC) for the Arabic Department:
- Hannah Abdelaal ’21
- Ellise Johnson ’20 (SAC chair)
- Andrew Willis ’21
The primary functions of the Arabic SAC are to
- advise the Arabic chair and faculty regarding new faculty appointments.
- advise the Arabic chair and faculty regarding external reviews of the department.
- give Arabic majors a voice in their department regarding any student concerns that arise.
- serve as a resource for current and prospective majors.
See the Handbook language for a more detailed description.
- Major/Advisor Declaration or Change Form: Use this form to declare a major in Arabic. The form must be signed by the chair of the department and your advisor for the Arabic major.
- Minor Declaration Form: You can declare a minor in Arabic with this form. The form must be signed by the chair of the department.
Resources on Arabic Language, Culture, and Literature
- Qamuus Almaani
- English-Arabic Dictionary
- Edward William Lane’s Arabic-English Lexicon
- Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics (via MIDCAT; signing in is required)
- Modern Written Arabic: A Comprehensive Grammar by El-Said Badawi, Michael Carter, and Adrian Gully (via MIDCAT; signing in is required)
- Index Islamicus (via MIDCAT; signing in is required)
Arabic News Channels and Newspapers
- Al-Jazeera online
- Al-Arabiya online
- BBC Arabic
- Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper
- Al-Nahar newspaper
- Al-Safir newspaper
Library and Technology
- Research by subject: Arabic - Start your research here.
- Library - Location, contacts, and collection description for the library.
- Technology Support - Help documents and contacts.
- Library Liaison - Have a question about LIS? Ask your liaison. The Arabic liaison is Katrina Spencer, research and instruction librarian, Library 207, 802-443-5949, firstname.lastname@example.org.