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Arabic Language

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Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Jenna Consigli & Matt Schubert 

The Arabic Language Discussion group explores various topics and trends related to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in Arabic. The aim is to offer fellow Arabic speakers the opportunity to maintain and improve their Arabic Language skills through regular meetings. Group topics revolve around developments in the region such as the ongoing Syria conflict, the crisis in Yemen, and the Iranian nuclear deal as well as exploring topics such as Arab literature and poetry and regional economic development.

Cultural events

 Occasionally watch Arab films and attend events in D.C., these are optional and separate from the regular meetings

Membership Criteria 

  • Demonstrated proficiency speaking, listening, and reading the Arabic language (Intermediate- Advanced levels) 
  • Ability to communicate comfortably in the language (all dialects accepted)
  • Successful completion of the Arabic language test
  • Experience living or working in the region (can be substituted for extensive Arabic language study)
  • Commitment to attending meetings on a regular basis
  • Ability to discuss sensitive topics in a civil manner
  • Willingness to engage in group discussions with participants of varying levels