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Language Study to Support Journalism in Syria

Andrew Brown (Ara­bic 2016) took Ara­bic cours­es to bol­ster his lan­guage learn­ing spe­cif­ic to his jour­nal­ism work cov­er­ing Syr­ia. Through this lan­guage study, Andrew was able to focus on vocab­u­lary spe­cif­ic to his work, which enabled him to bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate with col­leagues, design projects, and orga­nize train­ings. He was also able to par­tic­i­pate in the graph­ic design of an audio-visu­al series on Syr­i­an women activists that his orga­ni­za­tion pro­duced. Andrew’s project began just pri­or to the begin­ning of the pan­dem­ic and, although his tutor­ing was inter­rupt­ed by lock downs in Jor­dan, he per­se­vered and learned about the impor­tance of main­tain­ing a healthy lifestyle while doing intense lan­guage-learn­ing, par­tic­u­lar­ly amidst stress­ful circumstances. 

As an expa­tri­ate work­er in a bilin­gual (but most­ly Ara­bic) work­place, I believe it is impor­tant to com­mit to bet­ter­ing my lan­guage abil­i­ties. There is a high-degree of nuance in jour­nal­ism, and it is impor­tant to have the lan­guage skills nec­es­sary to pick up on these nuances. Beyond that, the longer I have lived as an expa­tri­ate, the more I real­ize the val­ue of lan­guage in my rela­tion­ships and the impor­tance of meet­ing” my friends in Ara­bic just as much as they meet” me in Eng­lish. This project has been enrich­ing per­son­al­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly, and I am grate­ful that have been grant­ed the oppor­tu­ni­ty to com­plete it.”

Andrew Brown
Arabic 2016

Posted Date

April 12, 2021