DENTON (UNT), Texas — UNT at Frisco area students have a chance to learn Arabic this summer with a three-week intensive summer course.
STARTALK June 2021: Caravanning Through the Arab World will be offered June 1-18, though the application deadline is 8 p.m. April 12. The class is open to students who will be high school seniors in Fall 2021, as well as community college freshmen and sophomores and all UNT and non-UNT Texas resident undergraduate students. Students selected for the STARTALK program will receive a scholarship for more than $1,000 to cover most of the cost of enrollment.
Students will have 11 days of face-to-face instruction at Hall Park, 2811 Internet Boulevard, Frisco TX 75038, and three days of online learning, taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. They will earn three hours of UNT credit for a fraction of the cost.
“STARTALK is a federally sponsored course in Arabic language and culture,” said Arabic Program Coordinator Caroline Najour. “Each week, students will ‘travel’ to different parts of the Arab World – first to the Gulf, then to the Levant, and finally to North Africa – stopping at specific countries within each region to examine some of the rich, beautiful traditions therein.”
Lunch will be provided by Break Bread, Break Borders, a local nonprofit that empowers Syrian refugee women through their food services. Students will be able to learn about authentic Arab foods and further cultural understanding.
Students are not required to have any knowledge of Arabic before the course. STARTALK is a national program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center. STARTALK grants fund summer critical language learning programs because speakers of critical languages such as Arabic, Chinese and Russian are in high demand.