New course encompasses Arabic language

By Leanne Signoriello – Features Editor

This past semester, the Saudi Student Association hosted several introductory Arabic language courses, allowing members of the community to learn concepts such as basic conversational phrases and the alphabet.

Saudi Student Association’s President Ahmed Almutairi teaches participants phrases and the Arabic alphabet. Photo by Leanne Signoriello

These introductory classes set the stage for Elementary Arabic I, an experimental course that will be offered to students for the first time this fall. It will be held twice a week.

 “I hope that a lot of student apply for this class and enjoy this experience,” said Ahmed Almutairi, President of Saudi Student Association. Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world, spoken by 420 million people, according to Almurairi.

Sarah Driscoll, Director of International Services, said, “More than 70 Lasell students are Arabic speakers and I think having more community members that can say a simple “Hello” or “How are you?” in Arabic will make a big difference in making students feel like welcomed members of the Lasell community.”

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