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January 15, 2009
By Jon Fortenbury
The Northern Nevada International Center will be offering Arabic classes from Jan. 26 through April 24. Held on the University campus, the Arabic courses offered this spring are Arabic levels 1, 2 and 4.
The professor teaching the course is Siham El Farchi, a visiting Moroccan Fulbright Scholar exchange teacher. Though not worth any credits, the classes may waive the foreign language requirement if a student petitions for it.
“We wanted to provide outlets for people who wanted to learn Arabic culture and the Arabic language because there are not many resources available here in Reno,” said Natasha Majewski, education outreach coordinator at the Northern Nevada International Center.
The U.S. government has had an increasing demand for more employees proficient in Arabic. According to USA Today, the number of students studying Arabic in the United States has increased by 127 percent since 2002. The Arabic language is now the fifth most commonly spoken language in the world.
For more information, go to nnic.org and under “educational programs,” click on “language culture classes for adults.”