Its summer time!! What do most high schoolers do this time of year? Hang out at the pool, earn pocket change at a part time job, learn a foreign language? Well maybe not the last part but they could be!
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is offering high school age students the opportunity to learn two highly demanded and not to mention difficult languages this summer- Arabic and Chinese.
The Summer Language Experience is a rigorous two- week program, geared toward teaching beginners entry-level knowledge of the language along with cultural understanding. The program will be instructed by native speaking professors; Dr. Mohamed Tirab, who will conduct the Arabic session and Susan Yin for the Mandarin Chinese session. Both are professors in the Department of English and Modern Languages at UMES along with teaching at other institutions in the area.
This is a remarkable experience that could one day prove highly beneficial to the participating students once entering today’s workforce. Tammy Gharbi, acting coordinator of the Foreign Language Instructional Center (FLIC) at UMES says “This is a great opportunity for motivated high school or home school students who want to make the most of their summer by studying a foreign language. It would take nearly 15 weeks in a traditional school year to accomplish the 60 hours of instruction offered in The Summer Language Experience”, Gharbi continues.
Registration for the non-residential program is now open. The cost of the program ($280) includes all material and financial assistance is available if needed. The course runs from July 16-27. Call 410-651-6543 for additional information.

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