This intensive, advanced course develops students’ professional skills in the target language. Students use the language as a part of their profession, e.g. cryptologic language analysts (CLAs), and take the course to sustain and improve. The general aim of this course is to enhance students’ linguistic and cultural competences through a variety of relevant tasks, and to broaden their understanding of some of the current social, political and economic issues in the country or region where the language is spoken.

Course objectives:

  1. Describe and narrate events from print/multimedia sources;
  2. Comprehend and contextualize a structured argument that explains and defends an opinion within extended discourse;
  3. Discuss topics concretely and abstractly;
  4. Deal with a linguistically unfamiliar content;
  5. Recognize and attempt to replicate a high degree of linguistic/lexical accuracy;
  6. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the target language’s culture and apply that knowledge to the context;
  7. Read with almost complete comprehension a variety of authentic prose material on unfamiliar subjects;
  8. Interpret material correctly, relate ideas and "read between the lines”;
  9. Follow accurately the essentials of conversations between educated native speakers, reasonably clear telephone calls, radio broadcasts, news stories similar to wire service reports, oral reports, etc.
Target goal: 2+/3 (recommended course length of four to six weeks) Professional Sustainment Sample Syllabus 

This intensive course develops students’ professional skills in the target language (TL) in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Through a thematic curriculum, students are exposed to authentic materials, including articles, short stories, and various literary genres. The curriculum enhances students’ linguistic and cultural competencies and enables them to complete tasks that occur in real-life situations. By the end of the program, students are expected to function linguistically and culturally at the 2+/3 levels of the Iraqi language as defined by the Interagency Language Roundtable. This course is heavily student-centered and conducted exclusively in the TL. Students are required to spend additional time outside of the classroom completing assignments.

Duration:         4–6 weeks

Sample Iraqi Professional Sustainment syllabus


This advanced immersive course at the ILR level 3 (reading and listening), and levels 2 to 2+ (speaking), exposes students to the target language and culture. The program is designed to help learners gain practice and confidence in using the target language at professional levels of proficiency in listening and reading, and in communicating orally in formal and informal environments. This includes interactions with guest speakers and conversation partners, and, when the course takes place at SDSU-LARC facilities, excursions to communities and businesses where the target language is used.

Course Objectives:
  1. Handle with ease and confidence a large number of communicative tasks.
  2. Produce speech using paragraph level discourse consistently.
  3. Engage in conversation on a variety of cultural and social topics formally and informally.
  4. Deal with a situation with a complication.
  5. Maintain a good degree of linguistic accuracy.
  6. Understand standard speech from a variety of countries.
  7. Follow linguistically complex extended discourse (academic, speeches, professional settings, etc.).
  8. Command a broad range of vocabulary, including precise, and specialized type of vocabulary embedded in complex grammatical structures.
  9. Interpret cultural references.
  10. Understand text from different genres dealing with a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar subjects.
  11. Understand text featuring argumentation, supported opinion, and hypothesis, and use abstract linguistic formulations.
  12. Comprehend text through the command of broad, precise, and specialized vocabulary and complex structures.
  13. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the target language’s culture and society and apply that knowledge to the context.
Target goal: Reading/Listening - 3 or higher, Speaking - 2 or higher (recommended course length of three to five weeks) Immersion Sample Syllabus 

This intensive program exposes students linguistically and culturally to the Iraqi language at the ILR level 3/3/2 in reading, listening, and speaking. The curriculum is designed to help learners practice and gain confidence using the language at higher levels (L3/3/2) of proficiency as defined by the Interagency Language Roundtable. The course is heavily student-centered and conducted exclusively in Iraqi. During the program, students interact socially, culturally, and linguistically with first-language speakers. These interactions include expert speakers’ seminar sessions, frequent trips to community centers and events, interaction with community members, visits to restaurants and shops, and conversational interviews with first-language speakers.

Duration:         3–5 weeks

Sample Iraqi Immersion syllabus 


This intensive, introductory course is designed for students who have significant knowledge of a related language or dialect, e.g. prior knowledge of MSA and learning the Iraqi dialect. They may or may not be learning the target language for professional purposes. While instruction begins at the introductory level, because of knowledge of the related language, students advance faster than in an introductory course.

Course objectives:
  1. Read material such as announcements of public events, simple prose containing biographical information or narration of events, and straightforward newspaper headlines;
  2. Follow essential points of written discussion at an elementary level on topics in his/her special professional field;
  3. Flexibility in understanding a range of circumstances beyond immediate survival needs and basic social demands;
  4. Able to satisfy minimum courtesy requirements and maintain very simple face-to-face conversations on familiar topics.

Target Goal: 1/1+ or above (dependent on course length; recommended course length of six to eight weeks)

This intensive course cover the elements of an intermediate Arabic course in Iraqi dialect. Students also read authentic materials in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and discuss the content in the Iraqi dialect. During the seven hours of instruction (excluding lunch hour), students are immersed in the target language (TL) through communicative language teaching (CLT) approaches. The thematic curriculum enhances students’ linguistic and cultural competences and enables them to complete tasks as they occur in real life situations. By the end of the course, students will be able to function at the threshold of ILR 1 and 1+ and higher of oral proficiency.

Duration:         6–8 weeks

Sample Iraqi Conversion syllabus 


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