About

About

This website is an open resource for use by students and instructors. The content-based language lesson modules included on this site are intended for advanced and distinguished level instruction of Persian, Arabic, Turkish, and Hebrew. Activities included in this site involve receptive skills, mainly reading and listening, that draw on authentic audio-visual and written sources, either recorded by instructors or harvested from a variety of media.

Content-based language instruction is a holistic approach to teaching and learning languages. It utilizes a content area, subject matter, disciplinary interest or theme as the context and pretext for the teaching and learning of a language. It can be described as the 'learning of language through a subject matter' (Stryker & Leaver).

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

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This website is a project of the Western Consortium of Title VI National Resource Centers for Middle East Studies and is presented by the Portland State University Middle East Studies Center.

The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.

The Middle East Studies Center started in 1959 as the first federally supported undergraduate program for Arabic language and Middle East area studies in the nation. Portland State’s Middle East studies curriculum includes foreign language courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish and Persian as well as area studies courses in a number of disciplines. The Middle East studies program boasts a distinguished faculty and vast library resources.