Arabic Academy Students Celebrate Ramadan

June 30, 2014

This year, Saturday, June 28 marks the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and the students of the Arabic Academy celebrated accordingly in language. At sundown, the students and teachers who are observing Ramadan broke their fast with Middle Eastern fare catered by a local restaurant enjoying hummus, shawarma, falafel and pickles.

MMLA takes pride in providing immersive cultural experiences alongside language as the understanding of one requires understanding the other. Students were introduced to the concepts of Ramadan before the Iftaar dinner was served. Teachers gave examples of traditional greetings which vary alongside the different regions they represent. Language Director Khalid Madhi presented on Ramadan itself, and showed us just how popular Ramadan has been on Twitter!

The festivities turned out to be a great catalyst for conversation and fun as the entire Academy mingled outside of the Arabic dorm. We’re only a week into the program and yet already students are flaunting their newfound language skills—some students who had never spoken a word of Arabic before Monday find themselves stringing together full sentences, and those who had some experience are discovering that Arabic words and phrases come with greater and greater fluidity. We can only expect the progress to continue!

-David Russell, Arabic Academy RA