Picture of Dana with her guitar

Posted On January 3, 2018 By In Arabic With 1881 Views

American Abroad Student of the Month – Dana in Morocco

Dana, a current NSLI-Y student in Morocco, was recently nominated as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ American Abroad Student of the Month for October 2017. Congratulations, Dana!

Dana Slayton, a NSLI-Y student, has been excelling during her time in Morocco! Coming in with an advanced level of Arabic language, she has been working tirelessly to further strengthen her Arabic language skills. With her NSLI-Y teacher, Dana has committed herself to expanding her vocabulary, improving her reading skills, developing her essay writing, and developing fluency in both Modern Standard and Moroccan colloquial Arabic – a very difficult task for a non-native speaker.


Dana is challenging her advanced level of Arabic by attending 4 hours a week of philosophy class at a local Moroccan high school (and loving it!). She has also gotten permission to sit in on a graduate-level Applied Linguistics class with one of her language partners at Mohammed V University.

Click here to read the full article on Dana on the U.S. Department of State website.

To read about previous American Abroad Students of the Month, click here.

NSLI-Y Morocco 2017-18 group shot with Dana in the center

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