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Source: Melinda Sinn, 785-532-5888,
News release prepared by: Bethany Fief, 785-532-5888,

Friday, Feb. 6, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Enrollment is currently under way for Kansas State University's Arabic I course at Fort Riley. The course is being offered from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 31 to May 21.

Offered for four credit hours, the course includes an introduction to the structure of modern Arabic tailored toward Iraqi dialect. Essentials of grammar, speaking, reading and writing will be taught.

Course benefits include preparedness for deployment to Iraq and knowledge of a language that is highly marketable for government service workers. The course's cultural component can help prepare soldiers and civilians to have a better understanding of the Iraqi perspective.

Saad Ahmad will instruct the course. He has worked for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad translating documents to and from English, has taught Arabic at Washburn University and has been a dialect instructor at Fort Riley since fall 2007.

To enroll in the course, contact Heather Laslie at Fort Riley, 785-784-5930 or

More information about other distance education opportunities offered through K-State is available on the K-State Division of Continuing Education Web site at or by contacting 1-800-622-2578 or