The STARTALK program will cover opening and running a Moroccan restaurant

Learn Arabic in a four-week Immersion Program.

Oxford College will host a summer Arabic language immersion program for high school and college students wanting a strong foundation in Arabic language and Arab culture.

Let’s Explore Moroccan Food!

July 2–26, 2019

STARTALK, our Arabic language immersion program, is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of the Arabic language. The program provides a strong foundation in Arabic language and Arab culture.

Daily immersion sessions allow you to engage with language in a more relaxed environment, eating Moroccan food, listening to Arabic music, playing instructional games, and interacting with native speakers of Arabic.

By the end of the program participating students will have the linguistic and cultural skills to interact in Arabic on basic, everyday topics.

Our program is limited to 20 students.

All the details


There's no cost to participants for the program. Fees, room, and board are paid by STARTALK, but travel to and from Oxford College isn't included.


Participants will stay on the Oxford College campus and meals will be provided free of charge. Take a virtual tour of the campus.


9:30 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Rotation One: 9:30-10:25 a.m. Reviewing concepts introduced the previous day (5-10 minutes) plus two learning episodes or activities (20-25 minutes each). These learning episodes will vary in form, but will target all three modes of communication and integrate culture, content, and language. Some activities will demand more interaction and collaboration between students than others. Some activities will rely heavily on teaching aids and authentic materials.

Break: 10:25-10:30 a.m.

Rotation Two: 10:30-11:25 a.m. A quick review (4-6 minutes) of Rotation 1 plus two learning episodes (20-25 minutes each).

Lunch break: 11:25-12:25 p.m.

Rotation Three: 12:25-1:20 p.m. A quick review (4-6 minutes) of Rotation 2 plus two learning episodes (20-25 minutes each).

Break: 1:20-1:30 p.m.

Rotation Four: 1:30-2:25 p.m. A quick review (4-6 minutes) of Rotation 3 plus two learning episodes (20-25 minutes each).

Break: 2:25-2:35 p.m.

Immersion Session: 2:35-3:35 p.m. You'll engage with the language in a more relaxed environment. You'll listen to Arabic music, do some singing in Arabic, play Arabic games, engage in cooking sessions, watch instructional cooking videos, watch documentaries, etc. You'll also have the opportunity to interact with native speakers of Arabic from the Atlanta metro area as well as speak to students in Morocco on Skype videoconferences. On one or two occasions, you'll be asked to cook a Moroccan/Arab meal or drink and give a report on the making/cooking process.

On weekends and some weekdays, we'll organize group review sessions, cultural extension activities, and cultural games.


Application deadline: April 22


Anouar El YounssiOxford's STARTALK director is Anouar El Younssi, Oxford assistant professor of Arabic. STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK grants pay for summer world language learning programs for critical need languages.