Al-Kitaab Fii TA Callum Al-Carabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic (3 DVDs included) / Edition 2

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Al-Kitaab: Part One develops skills in standard Arabic while providing additional material in both colloquial and classical Arabic. With new video material and revised and updated text and exercises, the bound-in and revised DVDs supersede both the former CD audio set and video DVD previously available only as separate items -- making this singular volume a comprehensive whole for those immersed in the early and intermediate stages of learning Arabic.

Providing approximately 150 contact hours of college-level instruction, parts of this revised edition are updated with contemporary selections for reading comprehension. The organization of the chapters has been adapted to reflect the most current pedagogical developments. Audio tracks for vocabulary sections now allow students to hear a new word followed by a sentence using it in context with previously acquired vocabulary and grammatical structures, enabling students to build new vocabulary skills while reviewing old material. The basic texts have been refilmed with a new cast of actors. The DVDs also contain substantially more material that exposes the learner to Egyptian Arabic: students have the options of seeing and hearing the video of each lesson in both Modern standard Arabic and Egyptian colloquial Arabic. In addition, a short dialogue in Egyptian colloquial Arabic appears at the end of each lesson. New video materials also feature interviews with Egyptians (subtitled in English) about various aspects of Arab culture, such as gender issues, fasting in the Muslim and Christian traditions, social clubs and their significance, and more.

FEATURES OF PART ONE, Second Edition:• Develops all language-related skills including reading, listening, speaking, writing, and cultural knowledge

• Immediately incorporates extensive use of authentic materials for reading, listening, and grammatical practice, thus relating abstract grammatical concepts to practical skills

• Presents narrative-based content through audio and video media rather than written text to develop meaning-focused language processing skills, utilizing two main characters and their extended families

• Develops reading skills through the use of composed texts derived from the main narrative and authentic texts from newspapers and journals

• Introduces grammar using spiraling and inference, challenging students to discover the grammar of the language by means of analogy, problem solving, and educated guessing

• Reinforces grammar and vocabulary through extensive classroom and homework exercises that provide constant review and expand to challenge students as their skills develop

• Introduces students to Egyptian colloquial through scenes based on the main narrative to promote the use of shared vocabulary and structure of the two registers to increase listening comprehension skills

• Contains Arabic-English and English-Arabic glossaries and reference charts as well as a new grammar index

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Meet the Author

Kristen Brustad is an associate professor of Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mahmoud Al-Batal is an associate professor of Arabic and the director of the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Abbas Al-Tonsi is a professor of Arabic at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2005

    NOT an Introductory Text! Alif Baa FIRST!!!

    This book is the required text of my beginning Arabic course at a university. I am a little (okay, a lot) nervous about having to use this book for class. Although the front cover says 'A Textbook for Beginning Arabic', this book assumes that the student has already completed the text Alif Baa (Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds) by the same author (Brustad). This is clearly stated on the back of the book which says that this book 'follows naturally on the introductory text, Alif Baa'. It looks like a great text for someone who has already mastered reading and writing Arabic and is somewhat familiar with basic vocabulary. I don't think this book should be used for an introduction to Arabic course - but if your instructor makes it a required text like mine did, I HIGHLY reccomend Alif Baa and/or The Arabic Alphabet How To Read & Write it by Nicholas Awde & Putros Samano.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    We are using this book for a class. Ithe book itself engages you in the language and culture right away! The companion website is extremely helpful!! Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    Great Arabic textbook!

    Many college arabic courses use this textbook series which starts with Alif Baa and continues through to part 3 of Al-kitaab. The four books when used in sequence together are an incredible learning tool. I have purchased and used many arabic books but Al-Kitaab far surpasses them. The first editions were good but, it was often hard to get ahold of the answer book, tapes, and video's that accompanied it. With the second edition much of this is remedied. The now package each book with a set of DVD's which contain the audio and video portions. It was quite expensive with the first series to get all the materials but the second edition includes most of them at no cost now. The only thing not included is the anwser key which can be purchased seperatly at little cost. All the video has been completely updated and re-filmed. The actual textbook is not that different from the first edition but there are updates and improvements. The only text in the series which has not been updated yet is part three which Georgetown Press has said they are in the process of updating. If you can hold out on buying part three till they release the new version.

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