Thursday, January 26, 2006
How To Find An Arabic Program That Meets Your Needs
New Arabic Programs seem to be everywhere. Universities hungry for federal funding or those that want to capitalize on the interest. So how do you know what to choose? I would investigate first of all the infrastructure provided by the university and how long this infrastructure has been there. By that I mean: Is there a language lab? Does the program seem innovative enough? or in other words what is unique about the program? does it offer more immersion, unique curriculum, seasoned professors or all the above? I would look at the syllabus and try to find the value proposition. There are many Arabic programs out there but extremely few have any declared value propositions (or in other words the thing that makes them unique and useful for the student). I they have a unique method or idea then by all means sign up otherwise don't waste your time and keep looking.