Our emerging program is small but we are ambitious in our goals and see great promise. The Arabic program at Loyola University Chicago serves a hybrid body of students from a variety of linguistic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Our program has common interdisciplinary interests with such fields as History, Political science, Theology, Literature, and Communication. It also supports students in Loyola’s Islamic World Studies interdisciplinary program.
The Arabic program continues to update its vision in light of the new research in second/ foreign language teaching in general and in relation to the field of Arabic in particular. We attempt to reflect and learn new research in regard to classroom instruction, students’ needs and expectations as independent and critical productive global citizens, classroom learning environment, technology, new trends in teaching methods, and connection/service to our institution and wider communities.
Students graduating from our program are expected to reach an Intermediate High to Advanced Low proficiency level as described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ACTFL. The Arabic program is restructuring its curricula to meet the National Standards of Teaching Foreign Languages in the 21st century described by ACTFL and highlighting the following outcomes/standards:
- Cultural knowledge and critical perception (or awareness) of other cultures and people.
- Connections with other related disciplines to reinforce and further the students’ knowledge
- Comparisons among the nature of the target language and culture(s) in comparison to other languages and cultures
- Communities: Become life-long learners involved in the functional use of language and culture worldwide.