**Announcement regarding COVID-19: We are holding a virtual program for the Summer of 2020. All SILMW Arabic High School classes will take place online. The deadline for registration is now April 27th, 2020.**



People involved in the Summer Intensive Arabic Program for High School Students

Dr. Eman Saadah – Program Director

Dr. Eman Saadah is Director of the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program. She is also the Director and Coordinator of Arabic and a lecturer of Linguistics at the University of Illinois. Dr. Saadah earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois in 2011. She has over eight years of experience in teaching Arabic and has been placed on the University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for the past seven years. In addition to teaching a variety of semester-based courses, she has also taught summer intensive classes at the Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World [SILMW] and served as a member of its organizing committee for the past three years. Her research interests are in the field of Arabic, applied linguistics, and phonetics and phonology. Specifically, her work focuses on investigating and comparing the language acquisition of heritage speakers of Arabic and that of second language learners. 

Giang Le - Graduate Assistant

Giang Le is a graduate student in Linguistics with research interests in computational linguistics. She is currently serving as graduate assistant for the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program, the Summer Institutes for the Languages of the Muslim World, departmental seminars, and the department's website.