Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies , the Center for African Studies, CIBER, and the European Union Center is pleased to host the Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) in summer 2009 (June 15-August 6, 2009).


SILMW will offer intensive courses in a variety of Muslim World languages, including Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu and Indonesian, by experienced, trained, and highly proficient instructors. Classes will be held four hours per day over a period of eight weeks, for a total of 132 hours. Students will earn credits equivalent to one full academic year of language instruction.

SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World and interact with experts in this region. In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW will offer a variety of extracurricular activities designed to enhance classroom instruction, provide additional channels for language contact and practice, and expose learners to the traditions of the Muslim World communities. These extracurricular activities include research forums, conversation hours, cooking demonstrations, music, film showings, and other cultural activities.

The SILMW at UIUC is being organized by Abdulkafi Albirini (Director), Ercan Balci, Abbas Benmamoun, Peyman Nojoumian, and Peter Otiato, from the Department of Linguistics.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or like to get more information about SILMW.

Ercan BALCI, Ph.D.

Turkish Program Coordinator

Lecturer of Turkish

Linguistics Department, UIUC

4114 Foreign Languages Building

707 S. Matthews Urbana IL.

Office Tel. no.: (217)244-3058