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

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

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ISBN-13: 9781589017368
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2011
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 53,112
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Al-Kitaab : Textbook for Beginning Arabic Part 1 - With 3 DVD's 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
_Zoe_ on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book will teach you Arabic, but you won't enjoy it.I get the impression that this book is intended for the perfect student--not just the A+ student who works hard and has experience in studying languages, but the student who has endless time on his hands and remembers every word after seeing it once.It often seems that the authors have gone out of their way to make this book as difficult as possible, based perhaps on the premise that students are lazy and will take advantage of any crutches they provide. Maybe they're right. But I'm not convinced that taking away the basic supports leads students to try harder than they otherwise would; it may just make the whole process slower and lead to increased levels of frustration.A case in point: the table of contents is almost entirely in Arabic, in a book for beginning students who have just learned the alphabet. Will they struggle through the list of Arabic words when they're trying to find that grammar explanation from a few weeks ago, or will it be both faster and easier to flip through the pages until they happen across the section they're looking for? From personal experience, I can say it's the latter.The grammar explanations themselves aren't always easy to understand. The example sentences tend to be full of the current chapter's vocabulary, which was often seen for the first time only days before. Of course, the ideal student will have memorized all of the new vocabulary immediately. The average student will more likely miss the point of the sentences, or at least waste time flipping through the glossary that could be better spent actively studying.It doesn't help that the grammar explanations use Arabic words whenever possible, and that these grammatical terms aren't listed in the main vocabulary to be memorized for each chapter. Instead, each chapter has a list of additional words at the end, without the convenience of their meanings. So again, time is spent flipping through the book to find these words, and they're ultimately not learned as well as the words in the main vocabulary. The result is that the grammar sections become harder and harder to follow.To increase the student's frustration further, almost the only reading passages in the book are "authentic"; i.e., not written with the beginning student in mind. The idea is that the student will pick out the few familiar words from a paragraph, thereby gaining an understanding of the basic idea. Besides the fact that this doesn't work at all if you happen to forget one of the key words, it's just not satisfying to "read" only passages that are too advanced for your current level. There's no sense of accomplishment at all.The book does have some good points; it comes with multiple DVDs, so the student can get plenty of practice in listening to the language, and I found that everything seemed a lot clearer when I read through it again before beginning my second-year course. As I was actually working through this book, though, I have to say I found it pretty painful.
toasterhead on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book/DVD set provides an excellent use of the communicative method to teach MSA. The exercises employ multiple learning strategies to present the language in a useful and meaningful way. ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿
chellinsky on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Once you have the Arabic alphabet and a small vocabulary going, this is the next place to turn. It works good as self study and even better if you have a teacher to converse with and strengthen speaking skills. As far as I've seen, this is the best series of books out there for learning Arabic as an English speaker.
Lin-Z on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is inadequate for truly communicating in Arabic. I've taken classes at several universities using this text and the general consensus has been that it's confusing and under-informative. There is a lack of useful vocabulary and the explainations of grammar are mostly in Arabic. It seems like this book is intended as the MSA companion to some immersion course for people actually in the middle east. I don't reccomend it as a textbook and certainly not for self study.Also, I've been going over this book to review for a placement exam. It all makes perfect sense now (having studied Arabic for two years) but the way the material is presented is extremely overwhelming for a beginning student.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.