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SUNY Rockland to Offer Region's First Interactive Videoconference Course in Arabic


DATE: April 8, 2008

CONTACT: Lisa Saunders

(845) 574-4244



SUNY Rockland to Offer Region's First Interactive Videoconference Course in Arabic


Eight-week, four-credit Arabic course offered in Summer Session II from 6/10-7/31


Suffern, NY - Students at four community colleges in the region will learn Arabic via teleconferencing. The "live" instructor will be based in the classroom at Rockland Community College, and students from Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Community Colleges will participate remotely while viewing the teacher on a screen.


Students from any college working toward a degree, or those simply interested in learning something new, can learn Arabic on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Students attending the RCC campus must register by June 10 for Arabic I in Summer Session II by June 10. Course runs for eight weeks from 6/10-7/31 and is 4 credits.


Elementary Arabic I is the first semester of a one-year course. This course emphasizes the development of basic language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing through intensive training in oral fluency, basic grammar and sentence structure, as well as through enrichment of cultural experiences and activities.


This summer the College will also offer American Sign Language I for 8 weeks, Tues and Thurs, 6:00-9:30 p.m. in addition to Elementary French I and II and Elementary Spanish I and II. SUNY Rockland Community College is one of the few community colleges in the U.S. that offers nine languages during the fall and spring semesters.


For more information, please contact Mara Lee Bierman, Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of Foreign Languages, at 845-574-4361, or visit

Most courses are offered on the main campus at 145 College Road, Suffern, NY. Some Spanish courses are offered at the Haverstraw campus. The cost for New York State residents is $133 per credit. Most college course credits transfer to four-year colleges.

For more information, call Admissions at (845) 574-4224 or visit



Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality a price you can afford.

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