The Middle East Institute’s weekly Arabic Circle provides extra language practice for Arabic language students in a conversational setting. Its core group of 5-11 attendees is composed of Columbia University and Barnard College students as well as some non-university affiliated individuals. Ghada Jerfel – a rising junior at Barnard – moderates the sessions and provides feedback. The Arabic Circle is primarily held in Modern Standard Arabic, with some use of the Shami, Egyptian and Tunisian dialects. During the conversations, Ghada emphasizes vocabulary acquisition and reinforces grammar and conjugation skill sets. This year’s activities ranged from discussions on political and social issues to listening to music to watching an Arabic film.