Learning Pathways

 

A variety of learning pathways are available for ambitious Arizona AFP students to help bring them to the Advanced Arabic proficiency (ACTFL Advanced, ILR level 3) and prepare them for a Flagship Capstone year of overseas study. Although it is expected that dedicated Arizona AFP students will advance quickly through the program’s learning pathways, diverse and flexible options accommodate students with unique commitments, such as students with special athletic, ROTC, or familial responsibilities. Students with particularly intensive courses of study– including, students completing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM fields)- receive specialized academic advising and support.

Students are required to reach Advanced Arabic proficiency as described by the ACTFL Scale including in speaking as determined by an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) before they can participate in the Flagship Capstone year overseas. Three pathways to Advanced Arabic proficiency are described below.

Pathway 1: Two calendar years to Advanced proficiency, including two summer intensive programs.

This pathway requires early student identification with a desire to reach professional Arabic fluency. It comprises two options: one with a start prior to Freshman Year (either through a summer intensive program or prior Arabic courses in High School or before for heritage learners), and the second with a start date during freshman year. In this track, the year overseas may be completed during a student’s senior year of undergraduate study. Pathway 1, Option 1 Summary:

Academic Program Arabic Coursework Target Proficiency Level
Summer Intensive (U of A) (or High School Arabic/heritage learners) First Year (equivalent 2 semesters) Intermediate Low
Freshman Year Second Year (2 semesters) Intermediate High
Summer Intensive (overseas) Third Year (equivalent 2 semesters) Advanced Low-Mid
Sophomore Year Content & Advanced Dialect Courses Advanced Mid-High
Junior Year Advanced Content Courses Advanced Mid-High
Senior Year/Year Overseas Capstone Year Superior

Pathway 1, Option 2 Summary:

Academic Program Arabic Coursework Target Proficiency Level
Freshman Year First Year (2 semesters) Intermediate Low
Summer Intensive (U of A) Second Year (equivalent 2 semesters) Intermediate High
Sophomore Year Third Year (2 semesters) Advanced Low-Mid
Summer Intensive (overseas) Content & Advanced Dialect Courses Advanced Mid-High
Junior Year Advanced Content Courses Advanced Mid-High
Senior Year/Year Overseas Capstone Year Superior

Pathway 2: Three calendar years to Advanced proficiency, including one summer program overseas.

For this pathway students need to combine three year-long courses with one summer intensive program, preferably overseas, and preferably at the end of their second or third year of Arabic studies. Their Flagship Capstone year overseas may be completed during or after senior year. Pathway 2 Summary:

Academic Program Arabic Coursework Target Proficiency Level
Freshman Year First Year (2 semesters) Intermediate Low
Sophomore Year Second Year (2 semesters) Intermediate High
Summer Intensive (overseas) Third Year (equivalent 2 semesters) Advanced Low-Mid
Junior Year Content & Advanced Dialect Courses Advanced Mid-High
Senior Year Advanced Content Courses Advanced Mid-High
Year Overseas Capstone Year Superior

Pathway 3: Four years to Advanced proficiency with or without summer intensive study.

Pathway 3, Option 1 Summary A student completes the four levels of Arabic in four years by taking the general year-long courses. The student will then complete the Flagship Capstone year during a fifth year of undergraduate study. This pathway is appropriate for some ROTC students and others who have restrictions on their availability to attend summer intensive programs. Pathway 3, Option 2 Summary This option addresses the needs of students who may be forced to interrupt or slow down their Arabic learning because of other demands on their time. A student could miss a year of Arabic classes to attend to other obligations then still “catch up” and be prepared for the Flagship Capstone during a fifth year of undergraduate studies. To complete this pathway a student must attend a summer intensive program overseas in addition to the three years of Arabic courses.