Lughatuna al-Fusha: A New Course in Modern Standard Arabic: Book Six

Lughatuna al-Fusha: A New Course in Modern Standard Arabic: Book Six

by Samia Louis


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Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the literary language of today’s books, media, and formal communication throughout the Arab world, the region’s principal shared language of written and official discourse. The sixth book in this new series for the classroom is designed for the Advanced levels, the mid- and high-advanced stages of the ACTFL proficiency level, and C1 in the Common European Framework for Arabic learners. The aim of this book is to help students to read and write long and complex factual and literary texts in order to appreciate different writing styles. Its main feature is the tools it gives students to allow them to learn how to debate and discuss different ideas, describe problems, and present solutions to those problems with the use of idioms and expressions.
The students’ facility with sentence structure and vocabulary is increased by reading newspapers and listening to news broadcasts, and by writing about real-life interests such as social, economic, political, human rights, and gender issues. The chapters guide students through the gradual acquisition of vocabulary and grammar. Exercises at the end of each chapter cover all essential skills, with emphasis on reading, writing, and discussion. The accompanying DVD includes audio material for all listening activities, dialogs, and reading exercises. The book is further supported by online interactive reading and writing drills, and authentic television debate programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774167126
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 02/27/2016
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Samia Louis has taught Arabic for many years with the International Language Institute (ILI) in Cairo (, an affiliate of International House, and is the author of all the books in the Kallimni ‘Arabi series (AUC Press, 2007–2009).

Table of Contents

MSA Course Levels
Plan of Modules
Revision of Book 5

Module 1: Habits and Behaviors
Part 1:
Marriage the Egyptian way
Reading and writing a report
Presenting arguments
Using of critical thinking
Providing negatives and positives in dialogue
Part 2: Culture
The phenomenon of young men and women working in restaurants and cafes
Describing and analyzing the problem
Talking about repercussions of the problem
Using expressions of approval and objections

Module 2: Me and the Other
Part 1:
Can the societal habits hurt the other
Reading and writing a report
Presenting arguments
Using criticism (negatives and positives) in dialogue
Part 2: Culture
Bad habits in the means of celebrating Egyptian mulids
Expressing opinions when discussing the boundaries between people

Module 3: Between Fake and Genuine
Part 1:
Social relations from flattery to hypocrisy
Reading and writing a report
Presenting arguments
Using criticism in dialogue
Part 2: Culture
Marriage of convenience and its influence on Arab societies
Analyzing the problem
Using specific terms to express opinions

Module 4: Rights and freedoms
Part 1:
The emergence of the idea of freedom of opinion
Reading and writing a critical article
Part 2: Culture
The problem of abortion and the right of the fetus
Using expressions and terminology for criticism in reading, writing, and dialogue


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