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Al-Kitaab fii Ta callum al-cArabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One / Edition 3

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Overview

Al-Kitaab Part One is the second book in the Al-Kitaab Arabic language program and is now available in an extensively revised and reorganized third edition. This book with its companion website develops skills in formal and colloquial Arabic, including reading, listening, speaking, writing, and cultural knowledge, integrating materials in colloquial and formal/written Arabic. It provides a comprehensive program for students in the early stages of learning Arabic.

FEATURES• Four-color design throughout the book with over 100 illustrations and photographs • Color-coded words and phrases throughout to easily follow the variety or varieties of Arabic you want to activate -- Egyptian, Levantine, or formal Arabic

• Introduces over 400 vocabulary words in all three forms of Arabic side by side

• Presents the story of Maha and Khalid in Egyptian, and now Nasreen and Tariq in Levantine, in addition to Maha and Khalid in formal Arabic

• Expanded grammar explanations and activation drills, including discussions about colloquial and formal similarities and differences

• New video dialogues from everyday life in both Egyptian and Levantine to reinforce vocabulary in culturally-rich contexts

• Develops reading comprehension skills with new authentic texts

• Reinforces learning through extensive classroom activities and homework exercises that provide constant review

• Includes Arabic-English and English-Arabic glossaries, reference charts, and a grammar index

• Reduced from 20 chapters to 13 chapters, the course now more closely corresponds to two semesters of college study with an average of 4-5 contact hours per week

• Textbook includes a convenient DVD with the basic audio and video materials (no interactive exercises) for offline study that will play in iTunes and compatible MP3 players

• New companion website (sold separately) -- alkitaabtextbook.com -- features fully integrated interactive, self-correcting exercises, all the audio and video materials, and additional online course management and grading options for teachers Al-Kitaab Part One, Third Edition provides 125 contact (classroom) hours with approximately 250 homework hours. Students who complete Part One should reach an intermediate-mid level of proficiency.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589017375
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Language: Arabic
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 306,134
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristen Brustad is an associate professor of Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin and chair of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies.

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 senior lecturer at 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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