Carolina Day School junior Madeline Smith has been awarded a scholarship to study Arabic in Morocco this summer through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program.
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs in locations where the seven NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.
The Arabic summer program seeks to significantly increase students’ Arabic vocabulary and their ability to communicate with confidence in the target language. Program curriculum is designed to facilitate, through immersion and intensive learning, the equivalent of one year of Arabic instruction at a U.S. university. All programs include instruction in Modern Standard Arabic. Classes in the colloquial dialect will also be offered to help students with everyday communication. Depending on program location, participants will be able to apply classroom learning while exploring the ruins at Petra, hearing the call to prayer in Muscat, or bargaining at Marrakech's souks!